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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

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.

E C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very pleasant and informative guide. Smooth organisation.

Stephanie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well organized. Respectful. Our Crakow Tour leader did a wonderful job presenting this history. She was extremely knowledgeable and sensitive to the magnitude of what she was saying. This is a very important trip.

Katherine E M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely amazing experience. I could not have wished for a better guide for the Krakow Tour. The local guide we had was passionate, engaging and highly knowledgeable. The crowds were large at the museum but it was well organised so that this caused as little disruption to the tour as possible. I could not rate this highly enough.

Catherine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour offered hotel pick-up and drop-off which made it convenient for us. The bus was clean and on time. Both guides on the bus and at the site were friendly, sensitive, and informative. A well organized and excellent trip. Auschwitz-Birkenau is a truly moving experience. Well worth a visit.

robynandbruce4 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

While very sad and confronting this is a must do tour. Lest we forget

Stephen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very well organized, good guide both on bus and on site who did justice to the content. In my opinion it was good value for money. At Auschwitz the security is tight so no large bags but if you have can be left in bus which is locked. Left at 8.45 returned at 3.30 due to Sunday traffic .

Senthil R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Everything on this trip went as planned. Good English speaking guide and comfortable bus and the guide at Oswiecim was good as well. I'd highly recommend this to anyone.

Alison L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

excellent guide imparting many details not easily gleaned from books.
Historic, heartrending tour.
Trip in bus easy, but take water and sunscreen on summer days.

Natasha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour offered hotel pickup, which was very punctual. Our tour guide was very knowledgable. It was very informative.

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