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From Wroclaw: Full-Day Lower Silesia Tour

1. From Wroclaw: Full-Day Lower Silesia Tour

The Church of Peace in Świdnica is the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe, built in the former Silesia in the mid-17th Century amid the religious strife that followed the Peace of Westphalia. Constrained by the physical and political conditions, the Churches of Peace bear testimony to the quest for religious freedom and are a rare expression of Lutheran ideology in an idiom generally associated with the Catholic Church. Built outside the city walls, made of wood or clay and built in less than a year, now placed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Książ is the third largest castle in Poland, located on a majestic rock cliff by the side of the Pelcznica River. Beautifully surrounded by the forest at the height of 395 meters above sea level, the castle is often called ‘the Pearl of Lower Silesia’. Such a location corresponding to the size of the building is rare in Europe. In 1943, Hitler’s paramilitary organization had stormed into the castle and began to construct one of the most important quarters for Adolf Hitler. Complex Osówka is part of a construction project conducted by Nazi Germany between 1943-1945 (Codename Riese). Mysterious structures nicknamed “Underground City” still await to unveil their secrets. Discover Hitler’s last and biggest quarters in Lower Silesia.

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Wroclaw: Full-Day The Secrets of World War II

2. Wroclaw: Full-Day The Secrets of World War II

Krzyzowa is a former estate of Helmuth James von Moltke, where Kreisau Circle, one of the most famous resistance movements against the politics of the Third Reich was established. You will learn about the history of the crimes against the Polish people committed during the Second World War as well as the consequences it had on the German nation. The exhibition will present the history of Polish-German relations in the second part of the 20th century. The building currently belongs to the Krzyzowa Foundation, whose main goal is to promote a dialogue between the European nations. The Osówka Complex was part of a project conducted by the Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945 (code name Riese). The mysterious structure known as the underground city still hasn't revealed all of its secrets. Discover the biggest and the most complex Hitler headquarter in Lower Silesia.  Ksiaz Castle is the third biggest castle in Poland situated in the majestic rock cliff by the side of the Pelcznica River. Located 395 meters above sea level and surrounded by a beautiful forest, the castle is sometimes called the Pearl of Lower Silesia. The castle's location combined with its size is not a common sight in Europe. In 1943 Hitler's paramilitary organization began building one of his main quarters which, along with other objects of the Riese complex close to the castle near Osowka and Wlodarz played a crucial role. Gross-Rosen in Rogoźnica is the largest Nazi-German concentration camp in Lower Silesia, with particularly harsh conditions and penal work in the quarries. The motto of this place was 'Vermichtung durch Arbeit' (Annihilation through work). Around 40000 prisoners died here incleding Poles, Jews, Russians, French and Hungarians.

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From Wrocław: Gross-Rosen and Książ Castle Private Tour

3. From Wrocław: Gross-Rosen and Książ Castle Private Tour

The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Wrocław between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. First, visit Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp to learn more about Nazi operations in this area. Watch a short film about the camp and spend time to see the interior exhibitions and the camp area. The maximum time for the camp is 2.5 hours.   Head to Książ Castle, one of the biggest castles in Poland, around a 30-minute drive from Gross-Rosen. Visit the castle’s rooms and beautiful gardens. For more than 400 years this castle belonged to the Von Hochberg family, one of the richest families in Europe. Learn all about the history of this place. After discovering the castle, start the drive back to your hotel, arriving after approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Wroclaw: Private Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp Trip

4. Wroclaw: Private Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp Trip

Explore Gross-Rosen concentration camp and learn more about the history of Nazi operations here with this trip from Wroclaw. Set up in 1940 as a satellite camp to Sachsenhausen, prisoners at Gross-Rosen were put to work in the construction of a system of subcamps.  After being picked up from your hotel in Wroclaw, your local driver will transfer you to Gross-Rosen and wait while you discover more about the camp and its inmates. Watch an informative documentary film about the site and the 3,000 Soviet POWs transferred there in 1941. Gross-Rosen was also infamous for its brutal treatment of prisoners and the 'Nacht und Nebel' prisoners who vanished without a trace. Following your time exploring Gross-Rosen, your driver will take you back to your accommodation. Benefit from private transfer in a comfortable modern vehicle after you take in the sobering experience of the camp. 

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Wroclaw: WW2 Tour to Project Riese & Gross-Rosen Museum

5. Wroclaw: WW2 Tour to Project Riese & Gross-Rosen Museum

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and drive first to Project Riese which takes around 1.5 hours. It is a very nice ride through mountains and countryside. Once you arrive, explore the Project Riese site. Learn how Project Riese was the codename for an impressive construction initiated by Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945, consisting of seven underground structures located in the Owl Mountains and Książ Castle. Explore this extraordinary network of underground caverns, all in different states of completion. See the Osówka site which is called the Underground City. Then you can pause for lunch, or your driver can take you straight to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, a German network of Nazi concentration camps built and operated during World War II. The main camp was located in the German village of Gross-Rosen, now the modern-day Rogoźnica in Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland. The camp is directly on the rail line between the towns of Jawor (Jauer) and Strzegom (Striegau). At its peak in 1944, the Gross-Rosen complex had up to 100 sub-camps located in eastern Germany, Czechoslovakia, and on the territory of occupied Poland. The population of all Gross-Rosen camps at that time accounted for some 11% of the total number of inmates incarcerated in the Nazi concentration camp system. In the museum you will watch a short film about the camp and then you will have up to 2 hour to see the indoor and outdoor exhibition before your driver takes you back to your hotel in Wroclaw.

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Gross-Rosen Camp & Jawor Tour

6. Gross-Rosen Camp & Jawor Tour

During this trip you will get to visit 2 very unique places and experience the fascinating region of Lower Silesia. With its turbulent past, interesting culture and incredibly beautiful landscape, it is one of the most visited "voivodeships" (provinces) in Poland. First up is the Gross-Rosen Museum in Rogoznica – the biggest Nazi concentration camp in Lower Silesia, with particularly harsh conditions and tough labour in the quarries. The motto of the place was "Vermichtung durch Arbeit" (extermination through labour). Around 40,000 prisoners died there including Poles, Jews, Russians, French and Hungarian. The second part of the trip will be spent at the Churches of Peace in Jawor – one of the largest wattle and daub religious buildings in Europe, built in the old Silesia in the middle of the 17th-century. This place is a manifestation of the desire for religious freedom and a rare sign of Lutheran ideology connected with the Catholic Church. Situated outside of the city walls, the churches were made of wood or clay in less than a year and are currently on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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What people are saying about Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Trip great! Lower Silesia is beautiful in autumn! In addition, the weather was favorable, the sun allowed us to see the amazing colors of autumn on the beautiful hills. The Church of Peace in Świdnica undoubtedly deserves an honorable place on the UNESCO list - it is beautiful and the historic cemetery is enchanting. The Książ Castle and its gardens deserve to be called "Pearls of Lower Silesia". The Osówka complex left at the end of the trip stimulates reflection on the fate of the underground city builders and is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. We especially thank our guide Mr. Jakub for professionalism, extensive knowledge of the region and travel along the scenic route.

The young guide Jacob did anexellent job explaining useverything about the Camp and work and live conditions. Thanks to his dedication we were able to better imagine how our grand father resp great grand father lived the last year of his life...

A very sobering experience.

Our driver Gregory was very friendly and informative giving us lots of information. The visit to Gross Rosen itself was very interesting and moving. I would highly recommend!

Thomas was very helpful and knowledgeable as well as patient as i think some of our tours over ran so the whole day extended to about 11 hrs. Thank you Thomas!

Driver was very punctual, friendly. It was a pleasant ride! The tour was informative and very interesting!