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    More commonly known by its German name, Auschwitz, and overshadowed by its history as a headquarters for genocide and terror as the location of the concentration camp established there by the Nazis in 1940, Osweicim—as it is known by the Polish—is an ancient town in its own right, with the first mention of it dating back to 1117. It has a heady blend of ancient architecture mixed with a reserved and quiet atmosphere that has remained somber since the days of the German occupation, and while the city itself has a quaint charm reminiscent of many medieval European cities, it is often overlooked by the simple fact that almost all of the people coming here are doing so to pay homage to the millions who lost their lives at the concentration camp during World War II.

    The Auschwitz site was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979, and has remained a sight of cultural and historical significance for decades. The taint of what happened here touches everything around, and creates an atmosphere that is almost always solemn. It is the foremost thought on most travelers’ minds when visiting here, so if you happen to be one of the few people here exploring the city for its own sake you will need to be respectful of the other visitors. The city sees literally thousands of Jewish and other pilgrims every year, all paying their respects at the mass grave.

    Because of its history as a medieval town, Oswiecim is laid out like many of the medieval cities in Europe, with the Sola River running through the center of the town. There are museums and plenty of medieval architecture to marvel at, and the Polish food and hospitality are just as good here as anywhere else in the country. Still, looming over everything in the background is the shadow of Auschwitz, and it’s hard to see past it to the beauty that lies underneath the tarnish.
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    • Auschwitz concentration camp
      2.25 Km from Oswiecim
      Auschwitz concentration camp (German: Konzentrationslager Auschwitz [kʰɔnʦɛntʁaˈʦi̯oːnsˌlaːɡɐ ˈʔaʊ̯ʃvɪt͡s]) was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It consisted of Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), Auschwitz III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps. Auschw...
    • Pszczyna Castle
      20.25 Km from Oswiecim
      Pszczyna Castle (Polish: Zamek w Pszczynie), sometimes referred to as the Pless Castle, is a classical-style palace in the city of Pszczyna (formerly called "Pless") in south-western Poland. Constructed as a castle in 13th century or earlier, in a gothic architectural style, it was rebuilt in a renaissance style in the 17th century. During the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, the exterior of the castle was partially changed into a baroque-classical style. The classicist moderniza...
    • Galeria BWA
      26.14 Km from Oswiecim
      The Galeria Bielska, located at 3 Maja 11, Bielsko-Biała, Poland, is one of the most important city galleries in Poland. It also is home to such portraits like Scream, recently found.
    • Spodek
      28.93 Km from Oswiecim
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    • Szombierki Heat Power Station
      41.51 Km from Oswiecim
      Szombierki Power Station (Polish: 'Elektrociepłownia Szombierki') is a coal-fired power station in Szombierki district of Bytom, Poland. Operational since 1920, since the 1990s it operates at a limited capacity, and is regarded as a monument due to its architectural values.
    • Stadion Piast
      47.49 Km from Oswiecim
      Stadion Miejski w Gliwicach (English: Municipal Stadium in Gliwice) is a football-specific stadium located in Gliwice, Poland. It is the home ground of Piast Gliwice. The stadium holds 10,037 spectators. The stadium underwent a complete reconstruction which took place from September 2010 to July 2011 including the building of four new fully covered and all-seated stands.

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    • Wadowice
      Wadowice is a small town of 19,000 inhabitants, located in Malopolskie west of Kraków. (No idea, why the TB map places "Wadowice, Poland" in the Czech Republic!) The town, otherwise hardly significant, has gained worldwide fame as the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła, the later Pope John Paul II. The house of the family where he was born has been turned into a museum and memorial, and together with the pretty baroque parish church, this place attracts large numbers of pilgrims and tourists.
      Wadowice 34-100 Wadowice, Poland
    • Katowice
      The area around Katowice, Upper Silesia, has been inhabited by ethnic Silesians from its earliest history. It was first ruled by the Polish Silesian Piasts dynasty (until its extinction). From 1335 were a part of Czech lands. 1526 fall into the Habsburg domains. The city itself was founded in the 19th century, a period while the area was under Prussian rule since 1742, and Katowice gained city status in 1865.

      Inhabited mainly by Germans, Silesians, Jews and Poles, Katowice became part of the Second Polish Republic following the Silesian Uprisings throughout the Silesian region between 1918 and 1921. The land was subsequently divided by an allied commission and the League of Nations, leaving Kattowitz on the Polish side and with significant Autonomy.

      The city flourished due to large mineral (especially coal) deposits in the nearby mountains. Extensive city growth and prosperity depended on the coal mining and steel industries, which took off during the Industrial Revolution. But recently, due to economic reforms, there is a shift away from heavy industry, and towards small businesses.

      Between 1953-1956 it was renamed Stalinogród - "Stalin City" by Polish communists.

      Katowice lies in the center of the largest agglomeration in Poland and is one of the largest in the European Union. Katowice is also part of a megalopolis of over 7 million inhabitants covering Cracow, Katowice and Ostrava regions.
      Katowice, Poland

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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan -2.6 62.8 27.3 24.7
    Feb -2 54.4 28.4 21.4
    Mar 2.1 50.8 35.8 20
    Apr 7.3 59.9 45.1 23.6
    May 12.7 75.5 54.9 29.7
    Jun 15.7 97.3 60.3 38.3
    Jul 17.6 103.9 63.7 40.9
    Aug 16.5 96.7 61.7 38.1
    Sep 12.8 58.1 55 22.9
    Oct 7.9 59 46.2 23.2
    Nov 2.4 51.5 36.3 20.3
    Dec -1.1 61.1 30 24.1

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