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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:  5 to 6 hours
Take a sobering tour of the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau complex on a 6-hour trip from Krakow. Travel by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage compound and explore the twin concentration camp compounds with a knowledgeable guide as you learn about the Nazi Holocaust and how the camps functioned. Explore the poignant exhibition halls, and see the barracks, gas chambers and other buildings at Auschwitz I. Then, view the watchtowers, crumbled buildings and intensely moving memorials at Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Your guide will explain everything you see with care and sensitivity.

Highlights

  • 6-hour trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow with a local guide
  • Take a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and memorials
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed sites and learn about their terrible past from a knowledgeable guide
  • View the prison dormitories, gas chambers and exhibitions at Auschwitz I
  • See what remains of Birkenau’s watchtowers, fences, barracks and gas chambers
  • Trace the stories of individual prisoners and visit the memorials to the camps’ victims
  • Learn the history of WWII’s Holocaust and about the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945

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What You Can Expect

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Half-Day Trip from Krakow

Learn the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau on a half-day trip from Krakow

Choose your preferred departure time when you book, and begin your experience with a pickup in central Krakow or from your Krakow hotel.

Board your coach and as you travel, watch an onboard documentary that explains the history of WWII and the Nazi Holocaust. Learn how approximately 1.5 million people — mostly Jewish, Polish and Russian prisoners — were killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau from 1940 onward, until both camps were liberated by the Allies in 1945.

After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, arrive at Auschwitz and set off on a guided tour of both the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau sites. Enter the Auschwitz I compound through the gates inscribed with ‘Arbeit macht frei’ or ‘work sets one free,’ and discover how it quickly turned from a detention camp for Polish prisoners into a center for mass murder.

Explore the main buildings — some still intact and some in ruins — and walk around the exhibitions that chart the fates of many of those detained here. View the dormitories and gas chambers, and see the factory areas where prisoners were forced to make munitions and other products for Germany’s war efforts. While the facts of what happened here are shocking and distressing, your guide will explain everything in the most sensitive way possible.

After viewing Auschwitz I, take a short break to collect your thoughts and then visit nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Here, see what remains of the watchtowers, fences and barracks as you hear about the appalling conditions endured by those held here. Witness the remnants of the gas chambers and crematoriums that were destroyed by the fleeing Nazis, and then visit the deeply poignant memorials to the victims to spend time in memory of those who suffered and died here.

After approximately three hours, travel back to Krakow where your tour ends at your original start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What an experience. Tour bus driver and tour guide were great. Tour guide at both locations were very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this for anyone in the Krakow area visiting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Definitely recommend this tour if you are in Poland.
Very thought provoking and puts things into perspective . Be aware that this is a long tour tour, around 7 hours in total from pick up to drop off. Lots of walking because of the scale of the camp.
Can be exhausting both physically and emotionally.
Also be aware of weather conditions, we visited on a very hot day, afternoon tour so we were there whilst the sun set. Tourists who had visited earlier in the day found it very hard going in the heat, as there is very little shade.
Our guide was excellent, very knowledgable, informative and respectful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour arrangements excellent. Visit to Auschwitz - very moving

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent service from the local tour company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Guide at Auschwitz-Birkenau was wonderful, guides on the bus were great. A very humbling experience, and I would recommend it to everyone. Seeing it with your own eyes make a lasting heart-breaking impression, and the guides do a wonderful job of demonstrating the upmost respect to all those who perished here. Would have preferred to choose pick up location and time rather than go around the whole city picking everyone up, and also would have liked to know that we couldn't bring our bags in. Would have left it in the hotel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

professional guide in this sad chapter in history made the trip very special and memorable for us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Throughly enjoyed it..so moving..the tour guide was exceptional and helpful .. well organised its definatly worth a visit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Athough difficult at times to digest, this is an outstanding tour. Our tour guide was very personable/likeable, and knowledgeable. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes - there is a lot of walking involved.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very professional from collection to drop off. Staff and transport were great. Tour of Auschwitz Birkeneau was delivered well by our guide. Discount then given for Salt Mine tour next day which again was great.

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