If you have read my last posts you know that I was travelling through the beautiful Poland. It was a pleasant journey in a vintage train indeed! It showed me much of Polish folklore and beautiful landscapes. However, I didn’t manage to go on Auschwitz tour at that time. I had this idea of visiting the biggest concentration camps for a long time in my head. That is why I’d decided to come back to Poland and complete my plan and finally go on Auschwitz tour. Unfortunately, this time I went by plane as I didn’t have much time for vintage trains. They are utterly the best and lovely, but a little bit slow.
Goosebumps on Auschwitz tour
I had only 3 days in Poland this time as I was planning a trip to US with my friend the following week. Anyway, I stayed in Krakow and booked my Auschwitz tour with KrakowDirect company. We started out at 7:00 am in the morning when the car drove over my hotel. After one hour we were already in Oswiecim. The day was really cold, but I wasn’t sure if my goosebumps was the result of the temperature or of the thrilling atmosphere of the place. The area was really huge and I was kinda surprised when I found out that we are going to visit 3 different parts of the concentration camps. I didn’t realize it was such expansive. On my Auschwitz tour I saw the barracks where prisoners were living their miserable lives. Their photographs were so touching and unbelievably authentic.
Trains of horror
As a train lover, I immediately drew attention to the train tracks in the area. When I go by train I always admire the beautiful views out the window and do not focus on my destination that much. For those people who were on a train to Auschwitz, the destination was most important. The photographs of prisoners in these trains were horrifying. They were brutally pushed inside the machine which were their death trains. I don’t know why, but after my Auschwitz tour I started to think what would I do if any train ride would be my last one. This thought has been with me even after one month since that trip.
Anyway, I spent in Oswiecim around 5 hours and came back to Krakow totally exhausted. The next day I was hanging around the city, but had only Auschwitz tour on my mind. To sum up, it was the journey that made me think a lot. However, I do not regret going to Auschwitz at all. In my opinion, everyone should see that place and remember the thrilling history of all of these innocent prisoners.