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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally
ul Wiezniow Oswiecimia , Oswiecim, 32-603

The Basics

Auschwitz-Birkenau is comprised of Auschwitz I—the site of a visitor center, museum exhibitions, artifacts, and multimedia displays—and Birkenau (or Auschwitz II), left almost exactly as it was when the Nazis abandoned it at the end of the war, complete with gas chamber ruins. Group and private tours with round-trip transportation from Krakow Old Town typically cover both sites and are available in several languages. A visit to Auschwitz can also be combined with the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow
star-4.5
US$34.88 per adult
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Walking on the footsteps of history
Fascinating trip and I’d recommend taking the guided tour. It is a somber experience but you walk on the footsteps of those that perished here. A lesson in humanity or the lack of.
Wasim_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Krakow

star-5
Prompt and knowledgeable guide
Casey_M, May 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Private Transport from Kraków
Would definitely recommend our driver Greg. The vehicle was clean and spacious, and because we arrived a bit early he took us to the Judenrampe memorial area that was not part of the official tour.
star-5
Sad place but a must see
Alisha_G, Apr 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow
We had a Great tour - we were picked up on time and the small bus was clean and had air con. The staff were Friendly and helpful. I would recommend.
star-4
Great tour but poor booking experience
Lucy_D, Mar 2022
Auschwitz & Birkenau: Live-Guided Tour with Transportation and Hotel Pickup
The tour was very informative and our guide incredibly knowledgeable. Sadly our pre-booked tour time was cancelled the day before (due to Covid apparently), and we were given a different time slot earlier in the day, and the hotel pickup (which one of our group needed) was also cancelled forcing us to walk across the city to a pickup point.
star-5
Excellent trip
Lindsey_S, Mar 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau Best Value Shared Tour
Excellent trip and well organised Picked up on time clean buses and bought a packed lunch which was excellent value. Very thought provoking trip excellent guide Would recommend
star-5
Great trip
MICHAEL_B, Mar 2022
Auschwitz & Birkenau: Live-Guided Tour with Transportation and Hotel Pickup
The transport was very clean and comfortable and the driver was helpful and informative. Auschwitz is a must do for anyone visiting Krakow and I would highly recommend using this tour. The guide (Dorota) was fantastic.
star-5
Excellent
Crofton_P, Feb 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour from Krakow
Very emotive experience in an exceptional preserved memorial to those who perished and suffered under the Nazis programme of ethnic and supposed enemy cleansing. Tour led by an excellent guide who provided a very passionate and sensitive narrative with sufficient factual stories and figures and truth that made the tour extremely interesting, horrifying but demonstrated the scale of the entire operation as unimaginable.
star-5
Highly recommended
Ines_N, Jan 2022
Auschwitz - Birkenau. Certified Guided Tour from Krakow with transport
I would recommend using this company to everyone. This was an excellent trip, well organised, punctual and efficient . Guide very friendly and knowledgeable. Also a special mention to our driver, who was excellent through out trip. Mini bus was comfortable and clean
star-4
Very good day tour!
Lepage_S, Nov 2021
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour
We had a very good drive in a comfortable bus. The exact pick-up time was given the day before. There was good communication about the exact schedule of the day. The salt mines were beautiful! At Auschwitz, we had to wait very long because of Covid safety regulations. But because it was very cold we could wait in the bus. The English Auschwitz guide was very good! I would like to thank the guide and the operator for the nice day we had.
star-4
Auschwitz was so heart...
Anita_S, May 2022
Combo Tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day
Auschwitz was so heart wrenching and thought provoking. It was good to go to the salt mine afterwards too as part of the day
star-5
Day trip
Maria_K, May 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt Mine Full day tour
Great day from start to finish. Zibi was so friendly and knowledable. We were picked up right on time outside our hotel. It was a comfortable journey throughout and the lunch was a welcome addition.
star-5
This is a must do if you...
Garima_K, May 2022
Auschwitz-Birkenau Best Value Shared Tour
This is a must do if you are visiting Krakow/Poland. The driver was great and the tour guide was very knowledgable.
star-4
Very good guide. Good...
marijna_m, May 2022
From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with professional Guide
Very good guide. Good service and contact concerning the pick up. Good price. Nothing to tell further.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to spend roughly 90 minutes at each of the sites, Auschwitz and Birkenau.

  • An official visitor’s center can be found at the entrance to Auschwitz I.

  • Although you can arrive independently, guided Auschwitz tours can allow for better understanding, plus insight from a tour guide.

  • Cell phones are not allowed in the permanent exhibition buildings and photos are not permitted in Room 5 of Block 4 or the cellars of Block 11.

  • The museum discourages visits from children under the age of 14.

  • While wheelchairs are available at the visitor center, strollers are only permitted outside of the blocks and other structures in Auschwitz I.

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How to Get There

Auschwitz-Birkenau is in Oswiecim, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Krakow, from where most tours with round-trip transportation depart. A few tours are offered from Warsaw 196 miles (315 kilometers) away, although the trip takes roughly four hours. Both memorial sites have paid parking lots, and shuttles run between the two.

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When to Get There

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is open year-round from 8am until between 2pm and 7pm, depending on the month. The memorial is closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day (December 25). Arrive early for a quieter experience or visit midweek, outside of school holidays.

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Historical Attractions in Krakow

After a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, you can learn more about Polish history at the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow. Headquartered at the Krzysztofory Palace, there are actually 14 outposts of this museum across Krakow, including the Oskar Schindler Factory, the Old Synagogue in Ulica Szeroka, and own of Nowa Huta. Guided walking or bike tours often combine stops at some or all of the above.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum?
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What else should I know about attractions in Krakow?
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