Birkenau

I wish that I had spent more time at Birkenau.  Since we went there via shuttle with our General Tour group, I felt like we should return back to Auschwitz with them.  I should have just stayed to walk around on my own.  I’m not sure if the only way you can go to Birkenau…

Oswiecim, Poland

I always have a hard time spelling the name of this town and I even had a worse time trying to pronounce the name, Oswiecim.  In German, the name is pronounced Auschwitz and during WWII, since this town was then in the Third Reich, it was known as Auschwitz until the Red Army arrived in…

Auschwitz

I have always been interested in visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau.  I always thought that it was quite out of the way, but after some research it is quite easy to get there from Krakow.  There are many tour companies that offer day trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow, but I really didn’t want to feel rushed through the…

Oswiecim’s Hotel Galicja Wellness & Spa

Website: Hotel Galicja Wellness and Spa I looked at most of the hotels offered on Hotels.com, Agoda.com, and Booking.com in Oswiecim, and Hotel Galicja looked like the nicest accommodations and had the most to offer.  I got a very good rate on Hotels.com and thought it was worth a stay, and it included breakfast!  Usually I…

Wawel Castle

I loved that my hotel was just across the street from Wawel Castle.  It is a beautiful building in the day time and at night.   For centuries Wawel Castle was residence of the Polish Kings and the symbol of Polish statehood; the Castle is now one of the country’s premier art museums. There is a lot…

Podgorze Neighborhood of Krakow

Because of my trips to Plaszow and Schindler’s Factory yesterday, I realized how many events occurred here in Krakow to the Jews during the German Occupation.  I had seen Schindler’s List in my early teens but didn’t realize those events in the movie were in Krakow.  So many of the pictures at the exhibit in…

Krakow’s Hotel Pod Wawelem

Hotel Website: Hotel Pod Wawelem When I was looking for a hotel in Krakow, I was quite clueless.  I looked at the city on Google Maps and I was trying to decide where exactly to stay.  Should I stay in the Jewish Quarter, the city center, or near Wawel Castle.  Since I was going to stay…

Plaszow Concentration Camp

This morning’s destination: the grounds of the Plaszow Concentration Camp. Thanks to the bike I was able to use at my hotel, I set off South along the river bike trail. The river made a 90 degree curve and I continued along there until I saw the Kladka Bernatka bridge which is a bike/pedestrian bridge….

First Day in Bike Friendly Krakow

My train arrived at 6:30 from Vienna.  I was a bit confused on which way to exit out of the Krakow train station. The train station has a huge mall attached to it, but I was trying to bypass it and finally found overhead signs that said Old Town. I went in that direction. Since…

Overnight train from Vienna to Krakow

Once I picked up my Vienna Passes at Karlsplatz, I continued on the U1 (Metro Map) to Sudtiroler Platz, where the Vienna Hbf (train station) is located. Here are some cool panoramas of the Hauptbahnhof: Photos of Vienna Hauptbahnhof The Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) is really nice.  It must be fairly new.  I went upstairs to the entrance…

Vienna Pass

I usually am not one to purchase city passes because I never think that they are worth it, until I was researching the Vienna Pass.  I knew that I wanted to see most everything in Vienna and we were going to be there for 3 days so I thought that we could pack quite a…

14 Hr Road Trip to Vienna

When making my plans for my European Road Trip No. 2, I had scheduled to pick up a rental car in Vienna with a drop off in Paris.  As most people know, if you rent a car and you don’t pick up and drop off at the same location, the fee is quite a bit…