Travel Blogs from Bielsko-Biala
... and Russia agreed on splitting Poland in 1939 (the famous pact of non aggression), where the nazis assured Stalin they wanted to work "hand in hand" with him to invade Poland and share its land, also how Stalin's troops did not make a move to help the Warsaw uprising in 1944, leading to its crushing by the German troops. Of course, you see nothing of this in the Russian museum, only stories about Russian POWs managing to ...
... was very respectful, and it was clear that we were all there to pay our respects, and remember what happened.
After lunch in the van, we drove back towards Krakow to the Wielczka Salt Mine. Arrived just in time for the 3 pm English tour. We walked down 53 flights of stairs, they were numbered, I didn't count, into the mines. The walls, floors, everything are made of rock salt. The mine opened in the 1300's and was in operation until the 1990's. We were there for ...
... several years after the war after he was captured living under an assumed name in England. Both were in sight of the nice two-story house in which he'd lived with his wife in 5 children while running the camp complex. Fitting.
In early 1941, a second, much larger camp was constructed nearby that eventually extended over ~350 acres. The express purpose of the 2nd camp, Birkenau, was extermination; to accomplish the "final solution to ...
... List. Entry is free but you can't enter without a guide which you pay for! Figure that one out. To enter the camp you must walk under the famous sign above the main gate "Arbeit Macht Frei" which means "Work makes you Free".
The guided tour was however well worth it. We saw the "death house" where in the basement there were torture cells such as the starvation cell where they starved you ...
... a guide around who explained the stories of Auschwitz. People can walk around alone as well, but I think you would miss quite a lot doing it this way. It takes around 2 hours to walk Auschitz and close to the same for the much larger but less intact Birkenau.
A horrid place but also a must see. I'll say no ...
Other places to stay in Bielsko-Biala
ul. Zywiecka 93, Bielsko-Biala | 3 star hotelfrom $46
Bystrzanska 48, Bielsko-Biala | 4 star hotelfrom $72
12, 3 Maja Street, Bielsko-Biala | Hotelfrom $67
al Armii Krajowej 316, Bielsko-Biala | Hotelfrom $33
ul. Zapora 3, Bielsko-Biala | 5 star hotelfrom $77
ul Mostowa 2, Bielsko-Biala | 4 star hotelfrom $67