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Located less than 3 miles northeast of the city center, the Polish Aviation Museum appeals to aviation enthusiasts. Spread across the Rakowice-Czyzny airfield, one of Europe's oldest landing strips for military aircraft, the museum features airplanes, helicopters and more, including a Russian Grigorovich M-15 from World War I and the world's only surviving airplane by German designer Dr. Waldemar Geest. A collection with various aircraft engines is also available in one of the airstrip's hangars.

Recent travelers said this attraction's plethora of planes makes it "aerospace heaven," though some cautioned that outdoor exhibits are in poor condition. Signs at the exhibits are mostly in Polish, but several noted that enough English is provided to get a sense of each display. Many also recommend visiting on a Tuesday when entrance fees are waived.

The Polish Aviation Museum is open every day except Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors who arrive Wednesday through Sunday must purchase a ticket for 15 Polish zloty (about $4). Discounted admission is available for students and children. For English guide services, an additional fee of 65 Polisy zloty ($17.50) applies. Each ticket includes access to all of the museum's exhibits plus its facilities, which include restrooms, a free parking lot, a cafe and a gift shop. To get to the property, travelers can drive or take tram No. 4, 9, 10, 52 or 75 to the Muzeum Lotnictwa stop. More information about the Polish Aviation Museum is available on the attraction's official website.

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A 42-mile trip west of Kraków, the brutal, crushing concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau are located in the city of Oswiecim. More than 1.1 million people died in these camps' barracks, hospitals, gas chambers and labor fields.

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