Journey back to the dark days of the Nazi Holocaust with a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Benefit from round-trip transportation…
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Visit the Auschwitz Museum, site of the largest Third Reich concentration camp. Learn how the complex functioned and see the barracks where prisoners…
Visit the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau and see Poland's most important World Heritage Site on a half-day trip from Krakow.
Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum with a pre-booked fast track ticket which includes a hosted tour by an authorized guide.
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Book a shuttle bus ride from Krakow to Auchwitz-Birkenau. A return option to Krakow is also available. Purchase admission tickets separately.
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With the world distracted by war, the Nazis brutally reshaped the demographics of Europe in the south of Poland. The harrowing truth wasn't revealed until far too late, but here are a few of the many things you'll learn on your tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Auschwitz-Birkenau – or Auschwitz II – was used as a death camp from 1942, primarily for Jews. Auschwitz I had already been holding Polish political prisoners for two years.
There was a third camp too. Monowitz – or Auschwitz III – was set up to provide slave labor for IG Farben. The Allies dissolved the chemical company the war.
90% were Jews, but thousands of Poles, Romani, Soviets, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals also died at Auschwitz. As did prisoners from other nationalities.
Not even most Germans knew what was happening at the camps. Arrivals were met with the slogan "Work sets you free." In hindsight it's hard to say how convincing that actually was.
Disguised as a farmer in Gottrupel, Rudolf Höss evaded capture for a year after the war. In spite of his expressed remorsed, he was hung outside the camp's crematorium in 1947.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is open daily from 8am except for January 1st, December 25th, and Easter Sunday. It closes at 3pm from December to February, 4pm in March and November, 5pm in April and October, 6pm in May and September, and 7pm from June to August. The site can be accessed for free but it is advisable to take a tour. If you decide to do so, book your tickets in advance. The best ones fill up very quickly!
The easiest way is simply to book an all-in-one tour that leaves from the city. Alternatively, inexpensive buses frequently leave from the basement floor of Krakow's main bus station. You can also take a train to the nearby town of Oświęcim.
Krakow is a wonderful city with a great deal of attraction to please tourists. Though Auschwitz may be an essential part of your trip, it can be emotionally overwhelming. We recommend that you leave it till last.
- When should I visit?8:00 AM - 3:00 PM December through February
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM March, November
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM April, October
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM May, September
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM June, July, August
- Is it expensive?Basic entrance is free, but it is highly recommended take a tour which will have a cost depending on which one you choose.
- Will I need a guide?It's not required but highly recommended. Best to book in advance online!
- How to get thereThere are direct buses from Krakow. Alternatively, take the train to Oświęcim and then hop on local bus to the site.
- Additional informationNot recommended for children under 14.
What people are saying about Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
A must see destination. Very powerful, very disturbing but has to be taken in. Guide is knowledgeable and respectful, they speak into a mic which you hear through headphone of a personcl obe way radio....means you hear everything she says and there are noraised voices. Superbly run highly recommend
Excellent organization. Very friendly driver. Great guides. On the trip was shown a film about Auschwitz. The lunch pack very good. I recommend.
Interesting / beautiful excursions to both camps and the salt mines. With lots of impressions. Everything was arranged down to the last detail! On the way to Auschwitz they played a documentary about the camps. Professional guides during on both locations. Good lunch and a nice driver. A friend fell ill during the excursion and was dropped off at the hotel (no extra fee) by one of the employees, Super service!
The guide was incredibly friendly and knew everything we wanted to know about our tour. His history knowledge was second to none. Incredibly pleased with this tour
Great guide very sympathetic. Local to area, her grandfather beared witness to the horrors that unfolded at this sad time in human history. Highly recommend this tour guide.