Guided tour

From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

4.9 / 5

47 reviews

Activity provider: Silesia Trip & Hotels

From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Activity provider: Silesia Trip & Hotels

From US$ 92.39 per person

Explore one of the most terrifying but impactful places in the world on this guided tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 5.5 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps, Auschitz-Birkenau
  • Learn about the history of genocide with your English-speaking guide
  • Skip the entrance lines and explore the most important original sites and objects
  • Discover the permanent exhibition and original buildings on the grounds of the main Auschwitz camp
Full description

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. Located in German-occupied southern Poland,

it took its name from the nearby town of Oświęcim, situated about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Katowice.

The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I — the administrative centre; Auschwitz II (Birkenau) — an extermination camp; and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) — a work camp. On this guided tour of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, discover the terrifying but touching site where at least 1.1 million people were killed, 90% of them Jews from almost every European country.

See the gas chambers where the vast majority were slaughtered using Zyklon B, and learn more about the Holocaust with your English-speaking guide. Hear about the most important original objects at Birkenau, and visit the permanent exhibition and original buildings on the grounds of the main camp (Auschwitz).

Pay your respects and take some moments for reflection in a place laden with historic horrors.  With this tour, both skip-the-line entrance tickets and hotel pickup and drop-off in Katowice are included.

However, if you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb, or any form of private residence, you will have to make your way to the meeting point at the local partner's office in the city center to begin your tour.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • English-speaking tour leader
  • English-speaking guide
  • Equipment rental needed for sightseeing
  • Pickup and drop-off at hostels, Airbnbs, or private residences
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years

Select participants and date

Participants

Date

Meeting point

Please arrive at the local partner's office 10 minutes before the activity starts.

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Even though this tour is not recommended for children under 13 due to the genre of the tour, it's up to their parents or guardians to decide whether to let them attend or not
  • Please note that the maximum size of hand luggage is 12x8x4 inches (30x20x10 centimeters); larger luggage must be left on the bus during the visit
  • Please arrive at your pickup point or the meeting point (depending on option selected) 15 minutes before the activity starts
  • Please bring your passport or ID card
  • Opening hours are subject to change
  • Pickup and drop-off are only available at hotels in Katowice; please select the meeting point option if you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb, or any form of private residence
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 47 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

Very interesting tour with knowledgeable tour guide. Tour was roughly four hours and was filled with lots of information. Prompt pick up from city center, but unfortunately the timings were mixed up and we were an hour early for our tour. Audio guides were good so you could hear your tour guide well over other tour groups, but this also broke half way through and was very crackly throughout. Overall, very good tour and would recommend.

Read more

November 28, 2022

The whole experience of this trip was memorable. It was such a good way to refresh your mind about the war history and our tour guide have an extensive knowledge. Driver was very kind and welcoming. Excellent organised and informative tour start to finish! Thanks a million for this experience!

October 22, 2022

This trip was well organised. We were picked up from the Meeting Point on time and driven to Auschwitz-Birkenau. We then were provided with the entrance tickets and instructions on how will the group tour be split between the two camp sites. Our driver spoke very good English. He was waiting for us to take us back to our hotel in Central Katowice when the tour came to an end. Would recommend!

Read more

April 8, 2022

Product ID: 334786