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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

Malcolm M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent trip and very well organised informative guides

Denise M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

If there is a hell i ve just seen it , so sad but a must see

Paola A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Me gustó mucho este tour, nos recogieron a tiempo. Nos pusieron un documental sobre Auschwitz cuando ibamos en camino. La guía era muy buena y explicaba muy bien. El tiempo es el adecuado, hay un tiempo de descansocuando cambiamos de campo 1 al campo 2, donde puedes comprar comida y algunos souvenirs solo libros e ir al baño. Muy recomendable, todo muy bien.

Mrs H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Such a fantastic tour. The guide was brilliant , offering such an insight. One of the trips that I will never forget.

Kenneth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well worth a visit.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Good trip, very informative and well organised. Guide was informative as was documentary on coach.

Scott S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an excellent tour and organization for one of the most profound travel experiences I have ever had. My wife and I went with our two children, and this tour did a great job of being well organized, respectful of all members of our party regardless of background, and allowed for enough time to process and appreciate this tragic historical site.

Angela m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an amazing trip, cannot recommend highly enough!
The guide was excellent. Her English was perfect and her knowledge was amazing and she really brought things to life.
I think it would be advisable to tell people they may need a packed lunch because if they didn't research carefully they may not be prepared, and calling it a half day trip is quite misleading as it is realistically almost a full day.
Having done the salt mines on a different day, I think doing the 2 together would be a mistake as there would not be enough time to get the most from both venues.

Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

this was a very interesting tour, we were picked up prompt and looked after all the way. the tour itself is very sad and humbling, it is hard to imagine what these poor people had to endure, but the tour gives you a good insight into the horrible living conditions there, the tour guides were really good and passionate about the place.

Jane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Very moving site to visit. We highly recommend it.

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