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  • Location:Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:5 to 6 hours

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Half-Day Trip from Krakow

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.


  • 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 November 2015

Very good tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour. The pick up was on time, the travel to Auschwitz was smooth, and then while there the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the subject matter. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone travelling to that region.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was excellent. His information was clear and informative and answered all the groups questions

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Everyone should make this visit. As sad and horrifying this experience was, we all must remember what happened in all these camp.

Definitely worth the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A truly informative and humbling tour that is not to be missed. While our tour guides were a bit disorganized/seemed flustered at times, our local guide at Auschwitz-Birkenau more than made up for it. She was wonderful and very respectful of both the sites and my fellow tour peers despite my wanting to whack some of them over the head for the ill-advised questions they asked her.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very worthwhile trip and sobering indeed, especially coming the day after the terrorist attacks in Paris. It seems things have not changed as far as mankind's hatred towardsits fellow man. Our tour guide was fantastic. So glad we decided to book this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great informative trip, highly recommend if visiting Krakow.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

this tour was amazing! Loved our tour guide and how the information was given to us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Everything satisfactory.

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