Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Oswiecim

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Devoted to the memory of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum displays arguably the most devastating concentration camp in world history. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of the camp, which served as the major site of the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish question." More than a million people died here between 1942 and 1944, most in the camp's gas chambers. Finish your visit at the train ramp where thousands of prisoners from all over Europe disembarked for the final time. Add Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to your Oswiecim travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Oswiecim trip planner .
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  • Possibly the best-known nazi concentration camp. Most pavilions have been converted into museums with photos, documents, stories and belongings of prisoners. Impressive enough, especially the rooms with belongings of prisoners (there was one in particular that left me very marked). Makes it you feel sad and speechless before the evil that can reach the human being, but at the same time is a part of our history, so I think either you to remember in this way to avoid to repeat. Admission is free upon reservation on their website. They ask for ID entered, so be sure that names are well positioned at entrances and you don't forget your ID card. We were free and could not be more than 1 h 45 approx. but in the future I'd like to visit it with guide and more calmly.
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  • We have booked this trip in advance with Super Krakow tours. The man who came to obtain the hotel was a disaster, he said barely something and ran without to look at high speed to the van. No further explanation about the course of the day. Nevertheless, he drove further. Once there, first 15 minutes break. 1 h 50 min and in the first part and this was about an hour. Pause in between. Our guide of Auschwitz itself was unfortunately very poorly intelligible. The first part I would have preferred done without a guide. You hit best what over and you sit at a schedule. The second part was much better with explanation of a guide. Here is a lot no longer present so it really added something. After the nicely dropped off at the hotel. An impressive experience which makes you dwell on the past. Afterwards I had this rather stick to Seekrakow tours booked!
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  • The worst place I put my foot on. We got the best guide I have seen. He showed such respect for the people who had to die for this awful place. This is very important to visit so that nothing and no forgotten how awful it is to see this madness.
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  • A really great museums experience. A once in a lifetime feeling. We visited the museum with a guide which was a very good idea. We received earphones and a radio where we could hear the guide talk to us. We went into many buildings and received lots of information which without a guide we would never have gotten. We visited Auschwitz 1 and 2 in about 5 hours. I would recommend this with a guide.
  • This is a tricky place to review, to say it was 'good' wouldn't be right. We took our children here as part of our visit to Poland, their ages were 8 and 10. If you're going to do that too they need to have a good head on their shoulders and you need to trust that they will be well behaved at all times. It's difficult viewing for much of the visit, the guide was very informative and essential (in my opinion) to understand the full meaning and background of the things you will see. You will understand the Holocaust with much deeper emotion and feeling after a visit here than you will just reading a book. We wanted our children to understand that this is something we should all remember so that we can learn from it and do everything we can as individuals to not allow this to happen again. We explained that we fear the world hasn't learnt a lesson but we have to stand for what is right. Our kids are exceptionally well behaved and coped with the 3 hour talk (with a short break in the middle before moving to the second site by coach). I'm not sure this would be appropriate for many under 10's. You cannot take bags around with you, ensure that everyone is well fed before they go as there is little opportunity to eat (not that you would fancy anything) during the guided tour. I recommend booking online to avoid large queues before entry. We felt very privileged to be able to walk away.
  • One of the most haunting yet interesting places I have ever experienced. I honestly believe everyone should visit at least once to realise the horrors which took place here. The guides were amazing with so much knowledge and ability to share the history, they were also friendly and attentive to the group and encouraged questions. An amazing yet sombre experience
  • Save a day of your life, don't visit this place. I have waited 4 hours in the queue, only to be bumped at the entrance because my backpack was "too big" (standard school backpack, nothing crazy). They wanted me to store the bag away and of course I had to pay extra money for it. Also, by having to store my bag I would loose my place in the queue, having to do it again. Getting to this forgotten city is fairly easy, coming back is almost impossible. Indications are absolutely not clear and NO one speaks English. Again, trust me, spend your day visiting something else. Something more worthy of your limited (I guess) time.
  • Amazing preservation of this historical site. We did a 3hr tour and it was well worth it. Plenty of information given and your guide is very knowledgeable. She also gave information you couldn’t learn on your own. The only down side was the size of the group, there was about 25 people which was fine when you were outside but inside the buildings it is tight corridors and easy to get far away from the guide so can get confusing what she is talking about when you can’t see her. We went back after the tour with a free ticket to look over bits again which I recommend so that you can truly appreciate all the information and artefacts on display. Overall definitely worth a visit, a truly touching experience!
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