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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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

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.

Customer Reviews

paul.kassell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent tour guide. The tour itself is well paced, but prepare yourself for a very moving experience.

ann.noble2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a must when visiting Kraków. Made what happened very real and is something that should never be forgotten. The whole tour was respectful to the memories of the people who had lived and died here and was very sensitively done.

R W S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a must do. Understandably sad but so educational and my friends and I are really glad we went. If this was part of everyone's education maybe there would be far less inhumanity in the world. The sad thing is that genocide still goes on. Will we never learn!

A minibus picked us up at our hotel and took us to the pickup point for the coach. The coach journey to Auschwitz was good with an introductionary video en-route. The guided tour was very tastefully done. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions.

We left our hotel at 8:30am and returned at 4:30pm. The tour of the two camps took about 4hrs. We fully recommend this to everyone.

Elizabeth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We took the trip on 11th Feb 2017. Very well put together tour with a variety of information and exhibitions. Our guide, Magdalena was superb. So informative and respectful. Would highly recommend this trip rather than exploring on your own.

Simone W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

tour was amazing and was a complete eye opener was very touching too and the tour guide was great

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was amazing!

Dijana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really was the best experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and respectful in her delivery of the information.
Would absolutely recommend this tour. The documentary we watched on the way there was also very interesting.

Aisling C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A visit that I think everyone should experience at least once - the vastness is mind blowing and that it was done so recently right in the centre of Europe is incredible - the tour itself was extremely well organised - we were there the day after the commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz - it was very very busy and in some ways I found have preferred some time to reflect on it while i was there as opposed to being moved quite swiftly from place to place

Ben B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Extremely moving. We went in the height of winter so to experience that with what these prisoners felt was very sombre. Our guide was outstanding and opened our eyes to the horrors.

Natalie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Although this was the least exciting tour I have ever been on, it was very well organized and I learned a great deal. The bus rides were very comfortable and the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and easy to listen to during the tour. I really received the full Auschwitz experience.

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