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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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A day trip combined Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt MineDay Trips

A day trip combined Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine

During the whole day you will visit two places which are Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and Wieliczka Salt Mines. In both places you got an official guides service included. Door to door service and english-speaking driver/tour leader is also provided. Tour includes all entrance fees and skipping the long line! Our staff is an experienced team of people who love their job trying to provide you the best service possible. All of our drivers/tour leaders are english-speaking and ready to help you and answer all your questions. We treat people individually. Our modern air-conditioned fleet is ready for the ride!
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Explore an infamous symbol of the Holocaust, Auschwitz. It remains now as a memorial to the more than 1 million innocent people who tragically lost their lives at the hands of the Nazi party. Join a guided group tour to learn about one of the most significant periods in Poland's history. Your local host will pick you up from your accommodation before they drive you to Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. During the car ride, you and your local host can discuss not only what happened during WWII in Poland, but the impact of these horrible events are still felt by locals today. It is an official requirement by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum that tours are conducted in groups and with one of their registered guides. Your local host will wait for you outside of the museum until your tour has finished. After your 3.5 hours tour in the museum, you will be picked up by your local host, and you'll travel back to Krakow together.
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During your stay in Krakow, see a pair of Poland’s UNESCO-listed monuments in one day tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Feel the weight of Holocaust history on a guided tour through the remnants of the largest Nazi concentration camp of World War II. After visiting first attraction, explore more than 700 years of Polish history from the depths of the mine, a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers filled with intricate salt sculptures.
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Save time by combining two major attractions in just one tour from Krakow. After pickup from your hotel, travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazis' concentration camps, and see first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. Afterward, continue to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and discover its secrets hidden deep underground.
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See the authenticity of Auschwitz-Birkenau which used to be the largest concentration and extermination camp founded by Nazi Germans. It was established in 1940 on the territory of German-occupied Poland, near the town Oswiecim. It is a place of genocide where minimum 1 million 100 thousand people died. It is not a typical tourist attraction as it is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Visiting it not only might bring an educational value but also might require a different attitude. Since 1947 it has been a museum and memorial site which number of visitors in 2019 exceeded 2 millions. It is a reminder of the Holocaust and atrocities which took place during World War II. In 1979 it was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dear traveler, from March 2020 there is a new law in Auschwitz-Birkenau and booking with a lot of time in advance is the only way to be sure about going on this tour. Buying the ticket directly there in the Museum is almost impossible.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau - the largest concentration and extermination camp founded by Nazi Germans, established in 1940 is a reminder of what happened in Europe during World War II. It is a place where minimum 1 million people died. Since 1979 it has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is the only place of this kind found on it. After the visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau or before it (the sequence varies depending on a particular day) head to Wieliczka Salt Mine. See carvings made out in the salt, sculptures, reliefs, chandeliers and chapels. This place is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it teaches about the work of miners. There is 800 steps to take down (however there are stops on the way and handrails) and after the visit a lift brings you up. Dear traveler, from March 2020 there is a new law in Auschwitz-Birkenau and booking with a lot of time in advance is the only way to be sure about going on this tour. Buying the ticket directly there is almost impossible.
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What makes this tour unique is that the travelers can spend on interesting exhibitions as much time as they want. The tour leader will provide any necessary information about the two camps- Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz 2 Birkenau and let travelers manage their time there. The guidebooks that we provide are very informative and include maps of the two camps.
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  • 8 hours
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From Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau - Individual Tour with Private TransportDay Trips

From Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau - Individual Tour with Private Transport

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Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau in the most appropriate way. During private transportation your driver guide will provide plenty of information and point out important sites on the way strictly related with Auschwitz. Pick up is set early in the morning to arrive before all large group tours. After arrival you driver will explain you where and how to go around. You will also receive a map with recommended route as well as guide book which is not really needed as most of information are on special plaques located every few meteres on the route. Then you will go around Museum on your own pace reading all information as you go around and visit Blocks. You will have up to 2,5 hours in Auschwitz which is 45-60 minutes more in comparison to guided group tour. That means you will see more and have time to contemplate. Once visit in Auschwitz is completed you will have a short break and driver will take you to Birkenau. This Camp is a Memorial and visit there will last no longer than 1,5 hour.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour from KrakowDay Trips

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We will collect you by a private car/minivan directly at your hotel / apartment in Krakow city centre for this tour. Our English speaking driver will take a very good care of you, making sure that this tour is 100% hassle free for you. The tour includes visiting both parts of the Camp with a licensed local guide in English: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The tour of the camps is conducted in a group. After completing your tour, we will give you 30 minutes free time so you can contemplate your experience or visit a local bookshop.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial from KrakowDay Trips

Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial from Krakow

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Remember victims of the Holocaust with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, the largest and most infamous Nazi concentration and extermination camp. On this full-day trip from Kraków, learn about the dark history of the camp through informative displays and a guided tour of the surviving prison barracks, gas chambers, and crematorium. En route to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, watch a documentary film about the liberation of Auschwitz for added historical context.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided TourDay Trips

Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour

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Avoid the crowds on public transport and get to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with ease by going on a guided tour. After a hassle-free Krakow hotel pickup, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to Auschwitz-Birkenau. No need to wait in long ticket lines, as entry is included, with a guide to provide group commentary along the way.
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  • 7 hours
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Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow

Explore the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Learn the history of the largest concentration camp in Europe according to the chosen sightseeing option. Avoid the crowds and discover the extermination camp, no need to wait in long ticket lines, entry is included. Use the transport from your hotel and travel by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle from Krakow. Depending on the option selected: • Door to door service from Krakowa is provided • Admission to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is assured • Learn about historical events dating back to World War II from your guide in available language English French Spanish German Italian or Russian • Hear commentary clearly - headphones are provided • Written Guide Book in the language of your choice is guaranteed REMEMBER The tickets are personal, so in the museum you will pass a ticket control, remember to bring your ID or passport. When booking, select the option of visiting, language and provide the pickup address.
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