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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. 


  • 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


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.

James G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The travel company was very professional - on time, clean busses and professional people. At Auschwicz they have their own tour guides so, all tour companies will give you the same experience at the site. The only variable is the professionalism of the tour company.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is not a fun sort of excursion but it is a visit to a very dark part of modern human history. I think everyone in Krakow should see this. The tour offered hotel pick-up which was reliable and both the guides on the bus and at the site were friendly and informative.

a m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent trip

Ashley C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was fantastic. Definitely worth seeing. The guides were very informative. I couldn and #39;t imagine having done it without them! I learned so much. Notes to travellers: not much shade at Birkenau. If its hot... Have a lot of water with you. You willl need cash to use the washrooms as well.

Sean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well organised and great guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip to KRAKOW was on my bucket list of things to do and going to Auschwitz was a must see - I was very apprehensive having read many books and seen Schindlers List knowing full well the horrors that had been committed only a lifetime ago. The company were very good at organising the trip to the two concentration camps ...very informative - if I go again with my children then I would certainly use VIATOR again

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!

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