Things to do in Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
The Auschwitz-Birkenau complex has left its inglorious mark on human history. A symbol of the Holocaust, during its five years of operation over a million Jews, along with Poles, Romani and other groups, were systematically killed by German Occupiers in WWII. Confronting and emotionally charged, a visit to the complex is an essential part of the human experience.
Composed of two sections, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, together they convey the magnitude of the compound. Auschwitz I was the main site opened in 1940 with the now infamous sign on its gate Arbeit macht frei (‘Work sets you free’). It held the first camps, the offices of the SS and was where criminal medical experiments and the first gassings using Zyklon B took place. Auschwitz II-Birkenau came later and for all intents and purposes became an extermination camp. The remains of its gas chambers and crematorium, along with primitive barracks, can still be seen.
Since 1947 this site has become a memorial and museum dedicated to the many victims of Auschwitz. Both camps require at least 90 minutes each to gain a comprehensive understanding of the events that took place here. With over two million visitors per year, it’s well advised to book in advance.
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Auschwitz and Birkenau self-guided tour with transfer from Krakow
Self-guided tour to UNESCO museums Auschwitz and Birkenau including guidebook in 19 languages and transport to the museums from Krakow city center.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial guided tour from Krakow
Book a guided tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial from Krakow. Follow a licensed guide and visit the concentration camp.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum tour from Krakow with pickup and transport
See the Auschwitz Museum with a comfortable tour and shared transport from Krakow. Learn more about the harrowing history of the Holocaust.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau skip-the-line entrance ticket and official guided tour
See the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau and attend the fully guided tour at Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau.
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“They picked me up on time, where very helpful, always checked the group was together and waited for all of us. The only thing I would add is that in the email you should let customers know about the bag sizes allowed into Auschwitz. Great job! Thank you”
“Sadly we had to cancel our place but the customer service was second to none. Especially since it was after the 72 hour deadline foe cancellations”