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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is the resting place for some 1.5 million people, as the site once served as a concentration camp and extermination site of the European Jewish community during World War II. Today, Auschwitz-Birkenau is an important historical area, allowing visitors to reflect on the monumental horrors that occurred during the genocide.


The Basics

Auschwitz-Birkenau tours take visitors through some of the 13 surviving prison blocks that now feature museum exhibitions, many dedicated to victims and displaying documentary photographs and historical artifacts. In addition the main camp, a much larger camp called Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) sits about 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) to the west. This site has been left almost exactly as it was when the Nazis abandoned it at the end of the war, complete with gas chamber ruins, and is also considered a part of the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. An official visitor’s center can be found at the entrance to Auschwitz I.


The two sites are often visited together on group or private tours from Krakow Old Town, available in a number of languages and generally including transport between the memorial areas, plus hotel pickup and drop-off or airport transfers. It's recommended that travelers allot about 90 minutes for each of the sites. A visit is also sometimes combined with a trip to the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cell phones are not allowed in the permanent exhibition buildings.
  • The ability to take photos varies by area, although it is not allowed in Room 5 of Block 4 or in the cellars of Block 11. Flash units and tripods are not allowed.
  • The maximum size of any baggage carried in is 11.8x8x4 inches (30x20x10 cm).
  • The museum discourages visits from children under the age of 14.
  • While wheelchairs are available for use at the visitor's center, strollers may only be used outside of the blocks and other structures in Auschwitz I.
  • The memorial is closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, and Christmas.
How to Get There
Auschwitz-Birkenau is in Oswiecim, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Krakow, from where most tours depart. A few tours are offered from Warsaw 196 miles (315 kilometers) away, although transport takes four hours. Both memorial sites have paid parking lots, and shuttles run between the two. Zakopane is located 80 miles (130 kilometers) south.

Insider Tip

This is a somber place to visit (to say the least), and appropriate solemnity and respect are required on museum grounds. Although you can arrive independently, guided Auschwitz tours can allow for better education and understanding, plus insight from a tour guide.


Address: ul Wiezniow Oswiecimia, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
Hours: Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally
Admission: Varies
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Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Tour from Krakow with private car

Spend a day visiting important historical sites outside of Krakow on this comprehensive day tour. You’ll have a hassle-free day as round-trip transportation is provided. When you get to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine, you won’t have to wait in long visitor lines as entrance tickets are provided. You’ll explore both sites with a guide, so you don’t miss any important features and understand their history.
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Private Full-Day Tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Wroclaw

Visit the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with private round-trip transport from Wroclaw. Either as part of a group tour with a guide or on your own, take in the history and horror of this site, now a museum, where approximately 1.1 million people died during World War II. You can see both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II–Birkenau, the two separate Nazi camps on site. The group tour takes about four hours.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour from Krakow with Tickets

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Auschwitz Birkenau Tour from Krakow and Evening Klezmer Music Concert with Dinner

Visit the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp memorial site on this full-day tour from Krakow, Poland. Explore the complex and exhibits, discover the tragic events that took place there, and hear the personal stories of those who died there. Back in Krakow, taste a variety of Jewish dishes and listen to Klezmer music to end the day.
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Wheelchair Accessible Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial from Krakow

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Auschwitz-Birkenau English Guided Tour with shared transport from Krakow

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Krakow and Auschwitz 1 Day Tour from Lodz

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Guided Auschwitz-Birkenau tour from Krakow

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Full-Day Auschwitz Tour from Lodz

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Auschwitz Private Tour with a Local: Tickets and Car Transfer Included

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Auschwitz Tour from Vienna

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