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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
I booked the tour as a present for my daughter who has just qualified as a history teacher and has always wanted to experience the history of austwitz for personal and professional reasons . The tour guide was very knowledgeable and polite, a credit to your company
What an incredible experience. Experiencing the sheer size of Auschwitz gives real understanding to the industrious scale of the atrocities that were inflicted upon so many innocent people. Our guise was brilliant, her explanations were both detailed and emotional - thank you for making this experience so special.
Early start was a very good idea and our guide even told us about the history throughout the bus ride there and recommended some good books afterwards.
Our guide helped us plane our trip very well. He was excellent with time, friendly and made our trip very good. I would use this service again and refer my friends. Thank you!
The trip was well planed and executed. The guide was professional and nice. The guide had answers to all our questions.