Poland

Poland pictures. Poland has many interesting places, but not all of them can be absorbed easily. Auschwitz (in Poland called Oswiecim) was the largest Nazi concentration camp in WWII (more than a million people died here), and can now be visited as a museum - a very shocking experience. The related Auschwitz II: Birkenau camp can also be visited, which hasn't been turned into a museum, but was left intact and you can walk around the parts of the camp that weren't destroyed by fleeing Nazi soldiers.

As for the more pleasant parts of Poland: though many towns (including capital city Warsaw) suffered great damage in World War II, from which they are still recovering, their old towns were completely resurrected and beautifully restored - pictures in this gallery display the downtowns of Warsaw (Warszawa) and a smaller town, Cracow (Krakw).

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Auschwitz

Grass is now green behind the barbed wires of Auschwitz II: Birkenau camp.

The fences of Birkenau.

The fences of Auschwitz.

Barbed wires in Auschwitz death camp.

'Arbeit Macht Frei' ('Work shall set you free'), the slogan used by the Nazis at concentration camp entrances

Glasses confiscated from prisoners at Auschwitz

Oswiecim is Polish for Auschwitz.

Cracow

A building belonging to the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre.

Old lamp in Cracow.

Main square of Cracow as seen from the church tower.

Photographing workers on the roof of Cracow's cathedral.

Cracowian Street.

Watcher.

One of the main pedestrian streets in Cracow.

Warsawa

Bridge suspension structure on the Vistula river in Warsaw.

Old market square of Warsaw.

Houses lining the old market square in Warsaw.

Friendly old houses.

Carriage drivers of Warsaw's old town.

Colourful houses

The flats overlooking Warsaw's market square

Sunday afternoon

The Polish 234m-high Palace of Culture and Sciences, is located in the largest square of Europe, in the middle of Warsaw.

It was a gift from the Soviet Union in 1955.

Sun sets on the Palace of Culture in Warsaw.


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