There are two tunnels under the castle hill in Oświęcim. The older one called "Austrian" or "long" - probably comes from the end of XVIII century, the second was made during the Nazi occupation of 1939-1945 .
The Castle Museum in Oświęcim has cooperated since 2018 in the implementation of the investment - "Reconstruction of tunnels under the castle hill in terms of adapting to the needs of visitors, including securing the castle hill and the retaining wall in Oświęcim". As part of the task, the project of the Interactive Historical Route "Game for Independent" was developed, in April 2020 the project was completed.
The investment was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (Europejski Fundusz Rozwoju Regionalnego) under the Regional Operational Program of the Małopolskie Voivodeship (Regionalny Program Operacyjny Województwa Małopolskiego) for 2014-2020.
The historical route called "The game of Independence" prepared in the tunnels relates to the events of the First World War in Poland (1914-1918). The game begins with a film depicting the Kruczałów family from Oświęcim, whose son Ignacy, intends to conscript into Polish Legion. Film's projection takes place in reconstruction of the trench at the Museum's exposition.
July till August tour start at:
Tuesday: 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00
Thursday 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00
Friday: 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00
Saturday : 10.30, 12.30, 14.30, 16.30
Sunday: 10.30, 12.30, 14.30, 16.30
normal ticket 12 PLN/person
reduced ticket 8 PLN
Photo: Jarosław Fiedor