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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 Memorial and Museum Trip from Krakow Old TownBus Tours

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Trip from Krakow Old Town

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Discover the story of Auschwitz on a full-day trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in Oświęcim from Krakow. On the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, learn about Auschwitz’s history and visit significant buildings like the prisoner barracks and the unloading bay before you browse exhibits in the UNESCO-listed complex's museum. Round-trip transport from Krakow's Old Town and a boxed lunch is included.
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Visit UNESCO World Heritage–listed Auschwitz-Birkenau, a former Nazi concentration camp where more than a million European Jews and other prisoners were confined or killed during World War II. A professional guide sensitively portrays the horrors of the Holocaust as you tour the barracks, watchtowers, railway ramps, gas chambers and crematoriums at the two camps, located in Oświęcim. See poignant museum exhibits and witness moving memorials, where you hear narratives by former detainees and learn of Auschwitz’s liberation in 1945.
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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Auschwitz and Birkenau on this convenient day trip from Krakow. Learn all about the history of the largest concentration camp operated by the Nazis, and many of the people who passed through here, on a fully guided tour. Visit both camps, and leave with a greater understanding of this period of history that shouldn’t be forgotten.
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Experience a poignant piece of World War II history on a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Led by a knowledgeable guide, explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex and preserve the memory of those who perished there. Pass through the crematoriums, old prison blocks, and moving memorials, and hear the stories of this dark time in history from your guide in a sensitive manner. Your tour concludes with transportation back to your original departure point in Krakow.
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Combine two of Krakow’s most important historic sites on this full-day tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and the Wieliczka Salt Mine, including hotel pickup and lunch. Start with a moving tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, and learn the harrowing truths of the largest Nazi concentration camp complex. After lunch, venture underground to explore the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka mine, one of the world’s oldest working salt mines.
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Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial Tour from KrakowDay Trips

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Pay your respects at the most notorious of all Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau. If you choose the guided option, learn all about the history of this somber place from your guide. Otherwise, tour at your own pace without a guide. This is a convenient way to visit the important site from Krakow.
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Learn about Poland’s history and visit a former concentration camp—Auschwitz Birkenau, that now acts as a place to remember those who lost their lives there during World War II. Save time planning your own transport by having Krakow hotel pickup and drop-off included. By going on a guided tour, you are able to understand more about the context of the site and the things that happened there.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum makes up an integral part of Krakow’s history. Make sure your day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is as relaxed as the rest of your holiday on this full-day tour. As well as hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees and a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum are included for added convenience.
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Visit two of Poland’s UNESCO-listed sites in a single day on this combo tour from Krakow. Pay tribute to victims and survivors of the Holocaust on a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau former concentration camp, and then descend deep underground to explore the fascinating chambers and tunnels of the historic Wieliczka Salt Mine. Skip-the-line tickets and a boxed lunch in between attractions make for a seamless experience.
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Join our tour to Auschwitz & Birkenau and pay your respects to the Victims of Holocaust .It takes 1,5 hour to get there from Krakow. When you reach Auschwitz you will begin 3,5 hours guided tour inside the concentration camp. The visit includes two sections of the camp: Auschwitz I ( mostly for political prisoners) and the immense concentration and death camp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau (mostly for Jews and gypsies). In the first part of the camp You will spend around 2 hours and around 1 hour in the second part. - learn more about holocaust and see one of the most terrifying places in the World. - pay your respects to the Victims of Holocaust - discover the horrors of this World Heritage Site We offer: - every day guided tours in english - hotel pick up at approx 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - high quality services The entire trip lasts approximately 7 hours.
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The site of Auschwitz-Birkenau has witnessed the pain and suffering of more than a million people who lived and died in the confined premises of this site, death was the only way out. The second leg of the tour takes you to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the most popular historic monuments in Poland. With excavations dating back as early as the 13th century, the site produced table salt until 2007. • Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt mine at one day. • Great-value tour includes entrance fees, guides and hotel pick-up • Explore 3 km of the underground corridors of the Wieliczka Salt Mine • During the tour brake time between 30min - 90min Safe tours COVID-19 free: • Our vehicles are disinfected after every tour • Drivers and guides wear protective masks. • Before the start of the tour we measure the temperature of every participant • Upon the entrance to the museum all visitor pass disinfections
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A visit to the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau offers a haunting insight into the tragedies of Poland’s WWII Nazi occupation. On this full-day tour from Krakow, travel from the city by private vehicle, then join an emotional tour of the museum, memorials, and camp buildings, visiting both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
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Easily fit in a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with this tour that includes round-trip transport from Krakow. After your ride to the memorial, take a tour led by a museum guide who knows the stories and history of the former WWII camp well. You are also provided with headphones, so you don’t miss a word along the way.
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• Visit the former Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz & Birkenau • Learn about the history of the largest concentration camp complex from WWII • Do not worry about meeting place, you will be picked up and drop off directly at your accommodation place. • All transfers are made in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles Safe tours COVID-19 free: • Our vehicles are disinfected after every tour • Drivers and guides wear protective masks. • Before start we measure the temperature of every participant • Upon the entrance to the museum all visitor pass disinfections
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in an important place to remember the victims of this former concentration camp during World War II Nazi-occupied Poland. You won’t have to worry about organizing how to get there as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. You’ll travel in a small group and will avoid waiting in long visitor lines as entrance tickets are provided. Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau with a guide to provide commentary and important historical information along the way.
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Gain a better understanding for the history of World War II and Nazi Germany’s effect on Poland on this 7-hour day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow. Walk the concentration camps where some of the most terrible and saddest events of World War II happened.
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Experience a piece of World War II history during one day trip to Auschwitz the biggest Nazi concentration camp for Poles and prisoners from other countries. This tour will educate you about Holocaust witch claimed over 1 million victims. When you visit UNESCO World Heritage you will see remaining prison blocks, gas chambers and crematoria buildings. What we guarantee: • Pick up from your hotel or apartament. • Explore at your own pace without the group • 3,5 hours Museum sightseeing. • Professional serivce The whole trip lasts about 7 hours.
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Pay your respects at one of the most notorious World War II-era sites, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Whether you’re a history buff or just want to learn something new, your tour guide will explain the significance of this heavy place (if you select the guide option). This is an easy way to visit two different camps (Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau) on a convenient day trip from the city of Krakow.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Private Tour

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Visit the Auschwitz and Birkenau camp. Discover the history of the largest Nazi camp in Europe thanks to a professional guide. Use the transport from your hotel and booking service without waiting in queues. Travel by comfortable air-conditioned car or minvan from Krakow. Travel by a private vehicle with a personal driver at your disposal the entire travel, without having to share the vehicle with other travelers. • Round-trip door-to-door transfers to Auschwitz-Birkenau are provided • No need to buy tickets on site - admission is included • Learn about historical events dating back to World War II from your guide • Hear commentary clearly - headphones are provided REMEMBER ! Visiting the camps takes place in groups of up to 30 people (the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum does not organize visits for smaller groups). For you, for your private disposal is a vehicle and driver during the trip.
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The best way to experience the tragic history of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is in a small group, ensuring an intimate atmosphere. Visit the poignant landmark on a small-group tour from Krakow, which includes pickup and drop-off at your Krakow hotel. Travel to the former concentration camp with ease before taking a guided tour of the crematoriums, gas chambers, and brick barracks with a resident guide.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is a place devoted to the memory of those who lost their lives there during World War II. This tour will help you understand more about when the site was a concentration camp. After a morning pickup, you’ll travel in an air-conditioned minivan to Auschwitz-Birkenau. You’ll avoid crowds as you’re guaranteed to skip the long lines. A guided tour will enrich your experience as your guide will explain the history of the area in more depth.
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The Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps were the largest and most notorious of the Nazi regime and this full-day tour from Krakow visits both. Take a moving tour of the preserved ruins, museum, and memorials at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and uncover the harrowing truths of Poland’s WWII history and Nazi occupancy. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum hours of operation: Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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