In and around Oświęcim

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Museums will help you better understand the history and culture of the region. One of the places you cannot miss is the Auschwitz-Birkenau Former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp in Oświęcim. Visiting this place will certainly make you reflect on the tragic events of World War II. It is here that every year there are celebrations commemorating the liberation of the extermination camp, during which the voice of the Survivors resounds. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which confirms its unique character.

Today, Oświęcim is a centre of numerous peace initiatives, a meeting place for people of different nationalities - regardless of religion or belief. The city is slowly becoming a symbol of an open, multinational and multi-religious dialogue centre, among others due to the activity of the Jewish Centre in Oświęcim, which organizes numerous cultural and scientific events. The Roma Association in Poland, in turn, gives visitors a chance to learn about the rich Roma tradition and culture, which is part of the history of the region.

What else is worth visiting? We recommend the Castle in Oświęcim – in this place, thanks to exhibitions devoted to various historical periods, you can learn about the 800-year history of the town. When you're at the Oświęcim Market Square it is worth visiting the Town Hall Museum located in a building from the second half of the 19th century. Every day, punctually at noon, the bugle call is played form here. If only you are in the area, stop for a moment and listen to a fragment of Aleksander Orłowski's polonaise.

In Oświęcim and the surrounding area there are many more such monumental and thought-provoking places! We recommend visiting the court lumber from the 16th century and the Urbańczyk House in Chrzanów, the Małopolska Firefighting Museum in Alwernia, the Museum of Aleksander Kłosiński in Kęty, as well as the Museum of Bl. Mother Małgorzata Szewczyk in Oświęcim. Interesting attractions are also provided by the Carp Valley Ecomuseum, the Vistula Ethnographic Park in Wygiełzów and Jakob Haberfeld Story vodka museum & music pub, i.e. the museum arranged in the place of former vodka and liqueur factory.


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