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  • Address: ul Wiezniow Oswiecimia, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
  • Hours: Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally

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Auschwitz (Oswiecim)

The resting place for some 1.5 million people, Auschwitz infamously served as an extermination site of European Jews during World War II. Today, the concentration camp is an important historical site, allowing visitors to reflect on the monumental horrors that occurred during the genocide. Some 13 of the original surviving prison blocks at Auschwitz now feature museum exhibitions, many dedicated to the victims and displaying documentary photographs and historical artifacts such as prisoner garments.

At the height of Nazi Germany in 1941, a much larger camp called Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) was built about 1.25 miles (2 km) west of Auschwitz. This site has been left almost exactly as it was when the Nazis abandoned it at the end of the war. The official Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum consists of both Auschwitz and Auschwitz II; in 2007, UNESCO updated the World Heritage listing from Auschwitz Concentration Camp to Auschwitz-Birkenau at Poland's request.

The two sites are often visited together on half-day tours from Krakow, available in a number of languages and generally including transport between the memorial areas, plus hotel pickup and dropoff. It's recommended that travelers allot about 90 minutes for each of the sites.

Insider's Tip: This is a somber place to visit (to say the least), and appropriate solemnity and respect are required. Although you can arrive independently, guided visits allow for better education and understanding.

Practical Info

Transit:
Auschwitz is located in Oswiecim, a town not far from Krakow and accessible by bus. There are paid parking lots at both memorial sites, plus shuttles that run between the two. The State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau visitor center can be found at the entrance to the Auschwitz site.

Amenities:
Visitors should note that the museum discourages visits from children under the age of 14 and that cell phones are not allowed in the exhibit buildings. Flash units and tripods are not allowed, and the ability to take photos varies by area (although it is forbidden in Room 5 of Block 4 and in the cellars of Block 11).

Accessibility:
While wheelchairs are allowed and 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 Day.

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