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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 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

  • 6-hour trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow with a local guide
  • Take a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and memorials
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed sites and learn about their 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 1.5 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

Jon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The guides were terrific -- knowledgeable and sensitive -- and took you through these affecting sites with great care. Very convenient pick-up and drop-off. Highly recommended.

Melissa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jorge G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Bonita I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic guide but the saddest place I have ever been to. The monstrosity
of the history and the impact of the events is bonechilling. Were that it NEVER
HAPPEN AGAIN.

ANYA C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour , a little busy at the sites , however guide was great and very knowledgeable . Video on coach was informative pre entry to tour . Also prompt with pick up

Linda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our bus tour guide was very good

Kim N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was great. Our tour guide was excellent. She was knowledgeable of th

Kim N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour was amazing. Our tour guide was excellent. She was knowledgeable about the subject of the tour. We enjoyed listen to her sharing her knowledge about Auschwitz concentration museum.

Laura O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip was well organized. Our guide was incredible. She was thorough and took the time to really help us understand what happened there. One could tell it was a subject very close to her heart. This is something that everyone should experience.

Holly L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great tour with a very knowledgable guide. Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit Auchwitz.

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