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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

Pauline M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

excellent would recommend especially a winter tour

Henry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Really enjoyed this trip if that's is the right word. The tour company was great, punctual and courteous. We had a really good guide at the camp, willing to answer lots of questions and very knowledgable. Others have said that it can be rushed but I felt we had enough time. The rep who accompanied us made sure that there was time for comfort breaks etc. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Georgie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was Amazing! Our guide was awesome and very knowledgeable. The only downside to visiting this place and this has nothing to do with the tour, were the amount of people they let in to visit every day. Takes it away from the feeling of the place. Another thing that was disappointing were the amount of people taking selfies....Very disrespectful

Jose Carlos R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

great tour

Patricia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Words can't describe how moving this day was... Our tour guide was thoughtful, respectful and willing to answer any questions.
It's a long day with little breaks so do bring some snacks with you.
This was a harrowing experience that everyone should think about taking part in.

Jacqui R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This is a very well tour, though because of its nature, very harrowing. I am glad that I went and could not fault the tour

Helen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Such a place of sadness and yet a must-see to comprehend a little more the horror of the atrocities that the people had suffered.
Excellent guide - knowledgeable and informative.

Chris H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really well run trip, with knowledgeable guides who were able to convey the true horror of the place. It would have been good to have a little more time at the end to look in the book shop. A must do trip when in Kraków

Dianne O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We have always wanted to do this tour and we are so glad that we did.
It was very informative and opened our eyes as to what went on at Aushwitz

Lucy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A truly memorable trip. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and in a very respectful manner.
Very convenient pickup and drop off local to our accommodation, harrowing film on the journey explaining the liberation of Auschwitz. Visits to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz Birkenau very moving and a must-do to ensure this never happens again.

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