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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

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11,982 Reviews
Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally
ul Wiezniow Oswiecimia , Oswiecim, 32-603

The Basics

Auschwitz-Birkenau is comprised of Auschwitz I—the site of a visitor center, museum exhibitions, artifacts, and multimedia displays—and Birkenau (or Auschwitz II), left almost exactly as it was when the Nazis abandoned it at the end of the war, complete with gas chamber ruins. Group and private tours with round-trip transportation from Krakow Old Town typically cover both sites and are available in several languages. A visit to Auschwitz can also be combined with the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow
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$26.28 per adult
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Moving experience
Really informative and moving experience. The tour was well organised and professional. Driver was lovely and helpful.
Jake_C, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Krakow

star-5
Unbeatable price-service balance, just great
AVallejo, Aug 2021
Auschwitz & Birkenau: Live-Guided tour with transportation and hotel pickup
Although they dont know which tour guide you're gonna get, ours was a very passionate respectful local woman with more than 20 years of experience. She was definitely the best part of the tour. Also our driver Marcel was really nice and the transportation service was excellent. The vehicle was super clean and everything ran on time.
star-5
Great trip
Amanda_L, Sep 2021
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow including Lunch
Very well organised. Nice lunch. Good host . Long day. Would have missed out the salt mine though, found it boring
star-5
Moving experience
Jake_C, Sep 2021
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow
Really informative and moving experience. The tour was well organised and professional. Driver was lovely and helpful.
star-5
yes yes yes
robert_m, Sep 2021
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine guided ONE DAY TOUR
Lots of walking but so worth it even in my 70s i'd not want to miss this great guide and driver you have the opportunity to be a witness. Take it!!
star-5
A must see but obviously emotionally draining
Jeremy_H, Sep 2021
Private Tour from Prague to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
This tour is obviously an emotionally draining experience. However, Jan did a great job all around understanding the heaviness of the trip and making sure that the whole experience was as comfortable as possible. Lucy tours has done a great job for us on multiple tours now.
star-5
Interesting and professional.
Martine_L, Sep 2021
Auschwitz & Birkenau: Live-Guided tour with transportation and hotel pickup
The pick-up driver was friendly, flexibel and in time. The guide was professional, full of respect towards the subject and interesting.
star-5
So emotional. Something...
Paul_B, Sep 2021
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour from Krakow
So emotional. Something everybody should do. Wanted to go for so long and was so worth it. Cant say enjoyable as to the nature but an absolute must. Pick up/ drop off perfect and guide amazing.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Serena_A, Sep 2021
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow including Lunch
The tour was amazing! Very bell organised, guide really prepared and engaging. I absolutely recommend it!
star-4
Very great respectful
Hathaijanok_J, Sep 2021
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow
I know alot of Auschwitz already, but there gives you the creepy feeling what really happened there. The driver was friendly and helpfull. Only after the tour, would nice to have a view minutes to look at rhe shop at Birkenau.
star-4
Great Tour!
Lindsey_S, Sep 2021
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine guided ONE DAY TOUR
This tour was great! Even though it was a full day (prepare for lots of walking!), it was great to see both parts of Auschwitz and the salt mine. If you have a short amount of time and want to see both these things this is a great tour to go on.
star-5
Really good guide
Maarten_D, Sep 2021
Auschwitz Birkenau: Guided Tour with Fast Track Ticket
Really good informed guide, thank you so much, really heavy subject good explained. The tour takes about 6 hours, and the guide keeps up to speed.
star-4
Memorable trip, a must during your visit.
Pete_R, Sep 2021
From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with professional English Guide
We visited Auchwitz and Berkanau, such a memorable trip. Our driver was very courteous and efficient getting us there on time. Tip- bring a packed lunch as only quick break inbetween the 2 sites. We found both camps so moving & interesting, would highly recommend this tour when visiting Kraków.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to spend roughly 90 minutes at each of the sites, Auschwitz and Birkenau.

  • An official visitor’s center can be found at the entrance to Auschwitz I.

  • Although you can arrive independently, guided Auschwitz tours can allow for better understanding, plus insight from a tour guide.

  • Cell phones are not allowed in the permanent exhibition buildings and photos are not permitted in Room 5 of Block 4 or the cellars of Block 11.

  • The museum discourages visits from children under the age of 14.

  • While wheelchairs are available at the visitor center, strollers are only permitted outside of the blocks and other structures in Auschwitz I.

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How to Get There

Auschwitz-Birkenau is in Oswiecim, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Krakow, from where most tours with round-trip transportation depart. A few tours are offered from Warsaw 196 miles (315 kilometers) away, although the trip takes roughly four hours. Both memorial sites have paid parking lots, and shuttles run between the two.

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When to Get There

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is open year-round from 8am until between 2pm and 7pm, depending on the month. The memorial is closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day (December 25). Arrive early for a quieter experience or visit midweek, outside of school holidays.

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Historical Attractions in Krakow

After a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, you can learn more about Polish history at the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow. Headquartered at the Krzysztofory Palace, there are actually 14 outposts of this museum across Krakow, including the Oskar Schindler Factory, the Old Synagogue in Ulica Szeroka, and own of Nowa Huta. Guided walking or bike tours often combine stops at some or all of the above.

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