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Auschwitz Birkenau and Salt Mine One Day Private Tour

There is a possibility to combine Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp and Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour in one day tour

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp was established in 1940 at the outskirts of Oświecim-Polish town annexed to the Third Reich (name of the town was changed to Auschwitz). Auschwitz become a symbol of genocide, terror and the holocaust. The precise number of deaths at the camp is unclear, but well over a million people were systematically killed in a gas chambers, or were hanged or shot or died of disease or exhaustion. Most of the victims were Jews brought here from 1941 to 1944 from all around Europe. In addition to Jews thousands of POWs, including many Poles .Russians and Gypsies were exterminated here too. In 1947 Concentration Camp was turned into a Museum-Memorial by the Polish Parliament, in 1979 was entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the tour groups of tourists visit the main part of the camp Auschwitz I and the camp Auschwitz II Birkenau.

Wieliczka Salt Mine is just about 14 km from centre of Krakow. That’s the oldest Salt Mine in Europe still in use from the Middle Ages. In 1978 it was entered on the UNESCO's first World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Visitors exploring the mine walk down 360 steps into the mine. The tourist route is a system of mine excavations from 64 to 135 meters below ground level. The groups of tourists follow the about 2 km route passing the chambers, corridors, chapels and underground lakes.