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European trip to Auschwitz (Help)

Hi all, just purchased myself a Triumph sprint sport.
The plan is ultimately to go to Auschwitz and see the concentration camps.
Mt plan is to take a steady ride to get there. Possibly get there in three hits. Just over 300 miles a day. Any ideas on where to stop given the mileage. A couple of days perhaps in Poland and a similar timescale back.
it's either going to be Early August or September.
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The best hotel in Oswiecim is the Hotel Galicija. If you're in that area of Poland a day in Krakow would be well spent, try the Hotel Poleski just south of the river. A three day run to Poland could be via Verdun and Nurenberg, return via Colditz and Winterberg perhaps.
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Auschwitz is definitely a must see. Never felt happy to be there, but definitely glad I'd been.

As to route, it depends on what sort of things you like to see / do, what types of place you like to stay (camp, hotel)? Prague is a lovely city, well worth a look (and cheap!), and is around 300miles from Auschwitz. When you get to your destination, there's a hotel just across from the main entrance that's very good, excellent on price (£25 ish a night) and has a secure 'garage' to keep the bike, if you've not planned anywhere as yet? I can't remember it's name; if you're interested, I could look up the name when I get home. If you like camping, there's a reasonable campsite at Lake Nysa, just inside the Polish border, that's not too far to go to Auschwitz. If you're in the area, the 'bone church' at Kutna Hora (Czech republic) is worth a look; strangely compelling!

Give us some more details of what you'd like to see / do, and you'll get more specific info!

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Verdun is huge

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could be via Verdun
Just be aware that "Verdun" is spread over many hectares of battlefields outside Verdun itself; I've done 2 x one day visits there I haven't seen all of the formal, available sites (museums, graveyards etc), much less been around all of the landscape that is available.
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Auschwitz is definitely a must see. Never felt happy to be there, but definitely glad I'd been.

As to route, it depends on what sort of things you like to see / do, what types of place you like to stay (camp, hotel)? Prague is a lovely city, well worth a look (and cheap!), and is around 300miles from Auschwitz. When you get to your destination, there's a hotel just across from the main entrance that's very good, excellent on price (£25 ish a night) and has a secure 'garage' to keep the bike, if you've not planned anywhere as yet? I can't remember it's name; if you're interested, I could look up the name when I get home. If you like camping, there's a reasonable campsite at Lake Nysa, just inside the Polish border, that's not too far to go to Auschwitz. If you're in the area, the 'bone church' at Kutna Hora (Czech republic) is worth a look; strangely compelling!


Give us some more details of what you'd like to see / do, and you'll get more specific info!

Lovely part of the world; safe travels!
Prague was on my list.
Bone church sounds interesting, may add that. Nurenburg a possability, Deffo need something in Germany. Prefer to Hotel it if its cost effective, saves traveling with extra gear. I want to travel light.
At the moment this will be a solo outing.
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Oh and yes please to the hotel details Endurodude
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I will be that same area end July/early august. Getting ferry to bilbo a and then over to Andorra and then north towards Poland and ww2 camps. will be on the road for about 3 weeks so let ne know if u are interested in hooking up for some of trip. 2 if us travelling on 2 adventure bikes.
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Floyd, the hotel was:

Hotel Oleki, Stanislawy Leszezynskiej 16, Oswiecim, 32-600

The 'bone church' is, I think, at 49*57'43.04" N 15*17'17.85" E , but check yourself!

I've not ridden through Germany much, just the fringes, so not sure about anywhere to stop; I tend to go down to Switzerland and up again. That's a little expensive, though (although very beautiful).
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I'm doing a mini tour myself, including Amsterdam ( so I can stop off at the Allied Cemetery near Arnheim ), Berlin ( via The Mohne Dam and maybe Colditz Castle ) and then Prague and on to Krakow.

I'm staying in the Ibis in Krakow and there is a tour guide that's been recommended to me who will pick me up at the hotel, drive me to both Auschwitz and Birkenau, sort tickets and be my guide ( speaks excellent English ), then he'll take me to the salt mines ( again tickets etc all included ), which is another 'must see' then drop me off again at the hotel. All in, for just me it's 570PLN, which is about £110 I think.

I am going to be in Krakow about a month before your trip and I'm writing up a blog as I go ( www.tigerontour.co.uk ) so if the tour/guide is good, I'll post up the details, so they might be some use.
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Not wanting to put a downer on your tour guide plan but guided tours of Auschwitz and Wieliczka will come to about £18 and return journeys by train to the two sites will come to about £10.
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I will be that same area end July/early august. Getting ferry to bilbo a and then over to Andorra and then north towards Poland and ww2 camps. will be on the road for about 3 weeks so let ne know if u are interested in hooking up for some of trip. 2 if us travelling on 2 adventure bikes.
Hi Ronan, sounds good if the logistics will work. I am going to add a couple of days to ease the pressure. I will update as and when i get all my info together
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Hi all, I'll be in the area as well, hopefully we can meet up if it works out?

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Nearly a mini meet

Timing is the big issue though!!
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I'm off on the 9th July, going to spend 7-10 days doing Germany then I'm heading East across Czech republic, Poland towards Kiev. If your dates are anywhere near let me know.

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Floyd, the hotel was:

Hotel Oleki, Stanislawy Leszezynskiej 16, Oswiecim, 32-600

The 'bone church' is, I think, at 49*57'43.04" N 15*17'17.85" E , but check yourself!

I've not ridden through Germany much, just the fringes, so not sure about anywhere to stop; I tend to go down to Switzerland and up again. That's a little expensive, though (although very beautiful).
Just been on the infamous tripadvisor.
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