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 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.
Each participant of the game "plays"the role of Ignacy, who along with Polish Legions goes through the entire battle path until Poland regains independence and has a task of "passing" 20 positions which require interactions (solving logical, dexterity and manual tasks).
In July and August tour start at:
Tuesday: 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00
Thursday: 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
Visiting withou participating in the game:
Wednesday:10.00, 12.00, 14.00
Friday: 10.00, 12.00, 14.00
Prior reservation from Monday till Friday 8.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. - phone +48 33 842 44 27
Ticket price: 6 PLN/person
Visit will take place in groups of 3-5 persons, in the case of families the group can have max. 10 people.
In the tunnels there is a necessity of wearing gloves and covering the mouth and nose. (except for children under 4 years old).