• Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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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

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

sandersonskc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

EXCELLENT INFORMATIVE BUT SENSITIVE

Cathleen R S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Everyone should take this tour. Very educational about a sad tragic place. The guide was superb

alexander t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is not a trip to review with gushing adjectives, do this trip, experience the emotions, take in the shocking realties and understand the historical value of this memorial site and go away enlighten.

Antony B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very moving

Scott B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It is hard to describe this tour as great because of the content and the location visited but it truly was a good tour. We were so glad we did this tour, the bus was convenient pick up and drop off, timing was as described also. Thanks to Viator for offering this tour because it is so important that many see this.

dennis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Outstanding from start to finish and great value.
This is an emotional day and it's nearly impossible to believe this really happened - but it did!!
Cannot recommend highly enough and if you're in Krakow - you must go!!

john

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour is our second visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau - and there are still things that we missed initially on the first visit - we still think that all people should be coaxed to visit Auschwitz - to see the facts and not the rubbish that it never happened.

Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

From start to finish I was in tears. The tour was so emotional and the tour guide made you feel like you could imagine what happened. The guide was very well prepared with information and knew lots about the camp. I wouldn't say it was very suitable for people in wheelchairs or struggling to walk as the ground was uneven and most buildings didn't have wheelchair access

yannie1388

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour was amazing! Very well organised and I would choose same tour if I had to do it all over again.
Thank you!

Jim F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A harrowing experience, but one I'm glad I did. Our guide Michel Bomzat was both passionate and very knowledgeable and he certainly added to the tour.

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