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Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim
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Devoted to the memory of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau 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. Put Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau at the forefront of your travel plans using our Oswiecim itinerary builder.
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So much has been said about Auschwitz, I cannot add to it. Something anyone with opportunity to visit, must make the effort. I had a room booked in Oświęcim, but no reservation for the museum tour (re... read more »
You definitely must visit. However, I suggest not taking an organized tour with a tour company from Krakow. You can get there by public transport and do a tour on your own. Then you can spend as much ... read more »
Wow! This site is so educational. Our tour guide was Anna from Discover Cracow tours and she did an exceptional job. We visited Auschwitz 1 first and then after about 2 hours later we visited Birkenau... read more »
I was there yesterday and took one of the 3.5h tours! It was really amazing. The tour guide was giving us all the information and details and you received a deep insight into what happened back then. Everything is super interesting(you're allowed to take pictures) and I was shocked many times! It is definitely worth the visit!!! You get to see pretty much everything and just get an amazing insight. I will for sure be going back next summer for another visit!
A mandatory place to visit and get to know up close the horrors that have happened here. The guided tours in each language start in different hours with a big gap between the same language. Be prepared to wait for the language that suits you. Unguided tours are only allowed after 3pm if that's your thing. Unguided tours allow you to get to know both camps at your own pace and taking the time to really feel the place around you. The guided tours have the added benefit of having a guide explain the story of each building to you but you have to follow on a big group and you don't have that much time to look at the things that pick your interest.
Very humbling experience. Very respectful atmosphere during the guide. Horrific to acknowledge what suffering were endured and how could anyone have carried out such horrific acts on fellow human beings. The scale of the place is shocking
Despite the frightfulness that happened here, is worth to visit. We all shall see it personally and not to forget what happened and remind it whenever we feel that something bad happened to us (mostly not as bad as the people here experienced here). I suggest to book the entry via internet and come in advance to collect the sticker (=ticket to enter with guide) and headphones. If you have a tour at 10oclock and come earlier you can collect a free ticket on top of it and enter the area before (until 10oclock even individuals can enter withtout guides) and look around upfront, maybe with less people around you. Do not forget that you can take just a small bag as A4 size (10cm wide). If you have bigger ,leave it in a car/bus or in a lockers room. If you come in summer, take big water with you, since you'll walk about 2 hrs in the Auschwitz 1 and then you might hurry to catch a (free) bus with your guide for Auschwitz 2. At both camps you can buy drinks, something small to eat and a lot of books in various languages. If you want to look into details, you would need full day. It'll be up to you. But I propose that the best way is to take the guided tour for the funny amount.
Worth the trip, catch the bus from the main bus station. It cost appox 14 one way. I would recommend more time in first camp than the second one as the first one is more informative. There is a free shuttle bus that comes every 10 to 20mins between camps. Must see in krakow to pay your respects. It is ridiculously crowded with too many tours going on at the same time. It would have been better if they cut the tours in half.
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