Between Zator (where Energylandia is) and Katowice, where our flight leaves, lies another well-known town called Oświęcim.
This town is better known for it's German name: Auschwitz-Birkenau. The place where 1.3 million people lost their lives.
Because of Corona you can't wander around yourself and you have to take a tour that lasts for 3.5 hours. Something we didn't really look forward too (we're more the wandering around types), but in hindsight it was a good choice as the tour guide explaned a lot more than was written on the signs throughout the area.
In all it was quite depressing to hear all the misery placed upon the inhabitants of Auschwitz. The cloudy weather and rain added to the atmosphere.
Yes, that is a portable gallow in the second picture above, at the end of the hallway.
During the tour you'll get to hear the difference between the Auschwitz camps, how it came to be and how they operated (work camp vs death camp).
Where camp one was mainly for prisoners to be put to work, the second camp was for systematic extermination and the conditions there were even worse.
The main part consisted of poorly made wooden barracks that offered little protection agains the elements. And you were lucky if you get to live in those, because that means you made it through the first selection that happened at this platform in the photo below.
Anyone not considered fit to work by a doctor would be directed to the gas chambers.
After this quite depressing morning we headed to the train station to get a train to Katowice, which took a good hour.
After quick freshen-up in the hotel we headed out for dinner and then to bed.