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City Break

It is closer to Krakow than to Warsaw, but it is an unforgettable experience for those visiting Poland. Auschwitz is one of the greatest symbols of our civilization and a deep personal experience. You also can rent a car to lose yourself in labyrinths of salt.

Reserve the whole day for this experience, as you will face more than eight hours of travel (return trip). The ideal would be to rent a car and spend the night in Krakow, since aside from Auschwitz the salt caves of Wieliczka are also recommended. Used by the Germans as a military warehouse during World War II, they are among the oldest in the world and are heritage of humanity since 1978, continuing to date to produce table salt. Over three and a half kilometres of labyrinthine galleries you’ll find exhibits and statues of mythical and historical characters, carved in salt by miners.If you prefer just to visit Auschwitz, there are trips organised from Warsaw (www.staypoland.com), advisable to those over the age of 12. Those who visit Auschwitz-Birkenau say that when they return they no longer see the world the same way. The largest Nazi concentration camp (composed of three main camps and thirty-nine auxiliaries) has the memories of the genocide that between 1940 and 1945, killed close to one million and five hundred thousand people, including Jews, Poles, Gypsies and Russians. Upon arrival you can watch an introductory documentary, then visit the Holocaust Museum (UNESCO Heritage) and see the gas chambers, crematoria and the death cells.