Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the terrible happenings at Auschwitz-Birkenau. No history book or movie could prepare us for the actual experience of being in Auschwitz. We were a bit hesitant to visit, but thought that it would only provide us with more insight and information as to what happened in this concentration camp. We arrived to Auschwitz and booked into a 3.5 hour English speaking tour which visited both the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps. We spent the first 2 hours of the tour at Auschwitz where they have created an exhibition in some of the barracks which helped explain the purpose and the happenings of the concentration camp. We then took a short bus trip over to Birkenau which was built after Auschwitz as that camp was not big enough. It actually became 3 times larger than Auschwitz during WWII.
Our 1st thoughts when we think of Poland is of hard times under Communism and the atrocities during WW2. We weren’t sure if this is what we wanted to do on our holiday but there was some fascination to see what Poland looks like in 2013. So we changed our plans to fit in Krakow, the 2nd largest city in Poland and one of its prettiest.