Oswiecim, Poland
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clock-o7 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Experience a poignant piece of World War II history on a half-day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Led by a knowledgeable guide, explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex and preserve the memory of those who perished there. Pass through the crematoriums, old prison blocks and moving memorials, and hear the stories of this dark time in history from your guide in a sensitive manner. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to your original departure point in Krakow.
  • 7-hour trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow with a local guide
  • Take a guided tour of the former Nazi concentration camp and memorials
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed complex and learn about its 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This guided tour offers pickup and drop-off from select hotels and morning or afternoon departure times.
Established in the early 1940s by the Nazis, Auschwitz was originally intended for Polish political prisoners. Later, when it was extended to include the neighboring site of Birkenau, it became a larger concentration camp for primarily European Jews, killing an estimated 1.1 million people.
Begin your trip with pickup at your Krakow hotel or in central Krakow, at your preferred departure time. Accompanied by your guide, travel to the town of Oswiecim while a documentary on WWII and the Nazi Holocaust is shown on board. After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enter the gates bearing the inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) and then head inside to learn about how the complex quickly turned from a detention camp to a center for mass murder. Your guide will discuss the camp’s history in a sensitive manner as you visit the crematoriums and gas chambers, as well as the watchtowers and fences at Birkenau where the Nazi officers stood guard.
After examining the exhibitions inside the old prison blocks, pay your respects at the camp's somber memorial. Your trip will conclude with drop-off back at your Krakow hotel.

Reviews

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J
, Jan 2019

My partner and I (both 24) really enjoyed this trip. It was very well organised with a great guide filled with knowledge. We were picked up right on time from our hotel and dropped back later - would definitely recommend this trip if you’re staying in Krakow centre . - thank you!

D
, Dec 2018

The tour was very well organized. The guides were very professional and all guests were well-taken care of. The pick up and drop off locations were very friendly. The timing during the tour was also well managed. The museum was mind blowing and it was sobering to walk on the paths that were walked on in the old times. The experience was definitely worth it.Hope it will forever be a reminder of the past and that it will never happen again.

s
, Oct 2018

Very moving and somber experience, seeing the location of some of the worst atrocities committed by mankind in person rather than photos, and to walk the same ground that many people walked for the last time as they marched to their methodical execution.

A
, Sep 2018

This is a very important trip to go on if you're in the area for history. We had a very good guide who took us trough both sites and told us about the history- some of which we knew but it was very eye opening. The only thing that I would say is that my pick up in the morning was a bit confusing and I had to go and find the coach in the end. Besides that, well organised and very worth doing.

M
, Sep 2018

The tour was very well organised. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave interesting insights about the place.

N
, Aug 2018

If its hot bring plenty of water.
Be prepared for a lot of walking.

S
, Jul 2018

A very well organised tour, the transport picked us up with no hitches there was a loo on the coach! The guide was very highly knowledgable - a sobering experience though. Wear comfortable shoes definitely. I would use Viator again

D
, Jun 2018

great trip very much worth seeing!

L
, May 2018

This was a terrific tour, although it is to a very somber place. The guide was tremendous and we were able to see quite a lot, and were provided with a lot of history of the events that occurred in Auschwitz and Birkenau. Highly recommended tour - an absolute must see if you are visit Krakow.

J
, Apr 2018

Everything went fine. But JACEK, the group leader was outstanding. He shows knowledge, but above all, shows emotion.
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