Market place

Oświęcim is a city in Lesser Poland Voivodeship in southern Poland.


Oświęcim, a town of 43,000, lies in Southern Poland, roughly 60 km from Kraków. The town is best known as being home to Auschwitz I, a WWII concentration camp, and its close proximity to the Auschwitz expansion camp - Auschwitz-Birkenau, an extermination/forced labor camp.

The first record of the town dates to the 10th century. Originally, Germans and Poles inhabited the town. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Jewish population of Oświęcim began to grow and in a relatively short time Jews were in the majority.

Get in

By car

From Katowice (35 km), Kraków (60 km, route 780)

By plane

Arriving at Kraków-Balice (55 km) or Katowice-Pyrzowice (70 km)

Get around

By bus

Buses are frequent and cheap, if not totally reliable around the town, and particularly to the Auschwitz museum not far away.

On foot

Oświecim is easily navigated on foot, as everything is close by.



Visit Old Town Market, and Chewra Lomdei Misznajot Temple, and the castle. There is also new modern library, and ice hockey stadium.


Anything, as Poland is notoriously cheap.




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