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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.


  • 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

Diane D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guide we had at the museum was really good, very informative and professional
Pick up and drop off by the tour company was first class, would definitely recommend

Daniel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent pick up and drop off service
Would highly recommend visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau through the tour, you cut the huge queue and go straight to the entrance with the tour guide and get headphones so you can hear them throughout the tour. Take an umbrella! Lots of walking.

Very moving and interesting experience.

Vlatka V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great organization, we were picked up near our hostel at exact time. Ana was our guide, very profesional and informative.

Terry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Moving tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau with excellent tour guide.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had heard a lot about the Holocaust but until we visited Auschwitz the full horror of events had not hit home. But here you cannot fail to be appalled at the sheer brutality of the men who ran these camps. It is a most sobering and thought-provoking place and we should be grateful that it has been turned into a museum so that the world never forgets the atrocities committed during World War 2 by this regime.

Anne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an extremely informative tour. Picked up on time and the guides knew their stuff. Definitely got to be seen.

Angela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was knowledgeable, transportation was timely and this is a devastation that the world needs to remember and not repeat. If I had any suggestions: 1 tour guide could be a bit louder and 2 not sure we needed to spend much time at Birkenau after getting all the details at Auschwitz.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour. Very well organized. The guide was very informative, and knowledge.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very well organized. The bus was on time. Our guide was courteous and visible. The video on the bus was informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very pleasant and informative guide. Smooth organisation.

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