ca. 8 hrs
NO. OF PERSONS
from 1 to 8 or 9+
An extraordinary tour that combines visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau and something undoubtedly unique. Five kilometres from Auschwitz, in the basement of St Maximilian Kolbe Franciscan Church in Harmeze, there is a permanent exhibition entitled ‘Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths’ which is a work of an artist and the former prisoner of Auschwitz.
After 50 years of silence one of the first prisoners of Auschwitz started to copy the demons that were created in his mind by the cruel and dehumanized world of the death camp. His ‘Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths’ exhibition is a vivid testimony to this tragic time.
Marian Kolodziej – a painter, an artist, the former prisoner of KL Auschwitz number 000432 arrived in the camp on the first transport on the 14th June 1940. He survived the entire war in the camp: partly in Auschwitz and about 2 years in other camps, but he remained silent for 50 years about his camp experiences. The exhibition is a result of 20 years of his work – horrible scenes from Hell that was created by the human beings and devils. See this unique, extraordinary and terrifying exhibition located only 5 kilometres from the Auschwitz Camp.
See the short film by clicking below. In your YouTube window you can switch on the subtitles in English.
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This is a private, direct door-to-door tour with a driver’s waiting time and a return transfer. First you will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. After the break we will take you to the nearby village – Harmeze, where the ‘Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths’ exhibition is located. An English speaking driver will take a very good care of you for all the time during the tour. You will arrive about half hour before your tour, as there’s about 20-25 minute time required for the security check. This applies to all types of Auschwitz tours. A driver will stay with you until you meet your local guide at the Museum and join your tour. After about two hours guided tour at Auschwitz I and a short break you will be taken to Auschwitz II – Birkenau where you will continue your guided visit for about one hour. The last part of the tour – the exhibition – will be presented by one of the English speaking Franciscan Monks, as it is the basement of St Maximilian Kolbe Franciscan Church in Harmeze which houses the exhibition. Visiting of the exhibition takes about 1 hour.
After the tour our driver will take you back to your hotel or to any point within the center of Krakow – following your wish. You can pay for the whole service after the tour.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- Hotel/apartment pick up and drop off
- Transport by a private car/minivan exclusively for you all the time
- Courteous and excellent English speaking driver
- Exhibition (about 1 hour visit)
- Introduction to the visit (the background information given by the guide)
- The gas chamber and the crematorium, The Wall of Executions
- An exhibition of prisoners’ personal belongings
- Central jail of the camp (with the block 18 where St Maximilian Kolbe was starved to death)
- So-called ‘medical experiment rooms’
- After a 15 minutes break proceeding to nearby (2km) Auschwitz II-Birkenau
- The Gate of Death with an original railway ramp
- Primitive wooden barracks for prisoners
- A number of watchtowers along the electrically charged barbed-wire fences surrounding the site of a genocide at Birkenau
- ‘Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths’ exhibition
- Individual insurance for all passengers (called ‘NNW insurance’)
- Return transfer to the hotel or any other place in Krakow – following your wish
- Professional service provided by the fully licensed tour&transport company
Guided tour in English in Auschwitz and Birkenau (3.5 hours tour)
Tickets are 60-100 PLN per person, depending on the date. A priest-guided service in Harmeze – ‘Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths’ (donation of minimum 20 Euro per group directly to the Monk who is your guide)
By taking this private tour by car you have a guarantee of being taken back and forth directly and in a full comfort. We do not do group transfers by large buses where people are sometimes driven around the city for one hour collecting other tourists before leaving Krakow.
For this tour we provide comfortable, air conditioned and spacious cars to be exclusively at your disposal. We are fully licensed for tour and transportation services. All our drivers speak very good English.
You are more than welcome to contact us in case of any inquiry. We will give you all additional information you need, and will organize your tour according to your requirements.
Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial Museum (founded in 1947) was included on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. The first transport of Polish political prisoner deportees arrived in Auschwitz on June 14, 1940. This day is regarded as the date the camp started to function. Afterwards, Soviet Prisoners of War, Gypsies and prisoners of many other nationalities from all over the German-occupied Europe were transported here to suffer and die in hellish conditions. In 1942, notably after the construction of the nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp, destruction of the European Jews started to come. Most of them were immediately put to death in the gas chambers of Birkenau. Those who spared immediate death by being selected for labour were systematically stripped of their individual identities. Most prisoners survived at Auschwitz only a few weeks or months. A visit to Auschwitz will let you learn more about this tragic time in the world’s history.