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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  • I think anyone who is even remotely interested in history must come here at some point. It is one of the most significant locations in the history of humanity. It is not an exaggeration to say that walking around leaves you speechless. On a practical note, I would say to go in the middle of winter and don't get the official tour that you have to take if you visit during certain hours. You miss a few exhibitions on the tour that you can view in your own time outside of this. Also there are fewer tourists which makes a massive difference. We took the train which took about 90 minutes from Krakow and then a 15 minute walk. There is also bus stop outside that will take you back to Krakow in a similar amount of time.
  • Very impressive museum and important part of the second world war. A museum with a story that needs to be told. Two times I've visited it, two times very impressive. The atmosphere is very sad so come prepared for that. It's advised to book in advance and they are not wrong about that. The group sizes are limited and there are a large number of people who would like to visit so do book in advance to not be disappointed. The guides of the museum are well educated and bring the story lively and emotional.
  • One of those must see places in life as the story told is essential for human development. See the horrors of the past and ensure we never repeat these actions. The museum is well maintained and goes to great length to drive the significance of the past atrocities to the forefront. During the summer it is extremely busy, especially if you enter the buildings. Be prepared for long lines, tight conditions and heavy air.
  • This is something everyone needs to see in their life. Really hits home the scale and brutality of the nazi operation. Definitely book in advance for a free entry time. I didn't but got the 06:20 bus from Krakow and was pretty much the first person in before all the tours started. Also take the free shuttle bus (leaves next to snack kiosk) to camp 2 and spend about 1 - 2 hours walking around that site. Thoroughly recommend!!
  • A Real eye opener the tour was carried out with the utmost respect and dignity. This place is not for anyone who is extremely sensitive as a person with a high tolerance to sad and uneasy places and events I found myself effected deeply but I do not regret visiting the site as it gave me a new outlook on life and a new understanding to what happened here. If anyone is visiting for any other reason than education, historical interest or to pay respects I advise choosing another trip.
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