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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tours

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is the resting place for some 1.5 million people, as the site once served as a concentration camp and extermination site of the European Jewish community during World War II. Today, Auschwitz-Birkenau is an important historical area, allowing visitors to reflect on the monumental horrors that occurred during the genocide.


The Basics

Auschwitz-Birkenau tours take visitors through some of the 13 surviving prison blocks that now feature museum exhibitions, many dedicated to victims and displaying documentary photographs and historical artifacts. In addition the main camp, a much larger camp called Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) sits about 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) to the west. This site has been left almost exactly as it was when the Nazis abandoned it at the end of the war, complete with gas chamber ruins, and is also considered a part of the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. An official visitor’s center can be found at the entrance to Auschwitz I.


The two sites are often visited together on group or private tours from Krakow Old Town, available in a number of languages and generally including transport between the memorial areas, plus hotel pickup and drop-off or airport transfers. It's recommended that travelers allot about 90 minutes for each of the sites. A visit is also sometimes combined with a trip to the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cell phones are not allowed in the permanent exhibition buildings.
  • The ability to take photos varies by area, although it is not allowed in Room 5 of Block 4 or in the cellars of Block 11. Flash units and tripods are not allowed.
  • The maximum size of any baggage carried in is 11.8x8x4 inches (30x20x10 cm).
  • The museum discourages visits from children under the age of 14.
  • While wheelchairs are available for use at the visitor's center, strollers may only be used outside of the blocks and other structures in Auschwitz I.
  • The memorial is closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, and Christmas.
How to Get There
Auschwitz-Birkenau is in Oswiecim, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Krakow, from where most tours depart. A few tours are offered from Warsaw 196 miles (315 kilometers) away, although transport takes four hours. Both memorial sites have paid parking lots, and shuttles run between the two. Zakopane is located 80 miles (130 kilometers) south.

Insider Tip

This is a somber place to visit (to say the least), and appropriate solemnity and respect are required on museum grounds. Although you can arrive independently, guided Auschwitz tours can allow for better education and understanding, plus insight from a tour guide.


Address: ul Wiezniow Oswiecimia, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
Hours: Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally
Admission: Varies
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Auschwitz Birkenau Guide Book

All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by Germans in 1940, in the suburbs of Oswiecim, a Polish city that was annexed to the Third Reich by the Nazis. Its name was changed to Auschwitz, which also became the name of Konzentrationslager Auschwitz. Museums such as this are essential for consciousness of humanity, they safeguard it by reminding us of unspeakable horrors that people unleash when not bound by law and morality…
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Unique option of visiting Auschwitz Birkenau Extrermination Camps for those who need more time and independance in visiting this special place. Transportation in a very small group directly from your hotel or apartment in Krakow. Early pick up tim guarantees fast and smooth entry and visit in Auschwitz Museum without wasting time in queues and crowds. Once you arrive to Musuem, your driver will give you a guide book ( one per couple ) and explain you exactly where to go and what to see. Then you will walk around at your own pace reading all information from special plaques located on the tourist round at exhibitions. Please note these plaques are in English, Polish and Hebrew, so you need to be fluent in one of these languages to get all informations you need. After 2,5 hours spent in Auschwitz your driver will take you to Birkenau, where again will explain you the tourist route and all sites you should see there.
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Get a guided half-day tour from Krakow to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi concentration camp that now stands as a memorial to those who were imprisoned and killed within its walls. Begin with a documentary about the history of the camp, then let a guide take you on a tour of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
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