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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  • If you want to get a french guide be at 8: 00. We made the mistake of getting on the site at 10: 00 and at this time one more group of french guide is available (only two groups of 30 for the french a day tour). No choice so we had to take an audio guide English... I knows English fairly well, but it is necessarily less complete to have an explanation in a foreign language. Tour groups are extremely numerous. Guides ship visit and their explanations are very recited. Auschwitz remains a poignant and necessary experience for the duty to remember, to visit for not repeating the mistakes of the past.
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  • It was very touching but interesting. Children aged between 6 and 10 years there have been. For it was exhausting because they know nothing of things and relatively long lead
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  • Must see great and accomplished. Where we're going when it was snowing, we didn't visit it right to tremble but nevertheless everything was beautiful. Just a little more space, I think the public should be opened. Especially in the Birkenau part of the incredibly gigantic. Visited places restricted to me. Although the 3-4 time (or all day) even if you stay inside. Still, it's an impressive place.
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  • 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!
  • Visiting Auschwitz is a must if you've ever been to Krakow. Although it's possible to book a free of charge individual tour and reach the site by train or bus, I recommend you to book a fully guided tour which you can find in many tour offices in the old town. For one reason that free individual bookings are limited to afternoon hours and for another reason that unless you're an expert on the subject, you'll probably miss many things of importance. There's no need to tell how a mournful place Auschwitz is, because you begin to feel depressed from the first step. When walking from one block to another, one keeps asking himself "Why on earth did such a thing happen?"
  • Very interesting experience. It would not be the same without a tour guide. She gave us great stories and knowledge that you can't read about if you are just walking around. To actually stand in the gas chamber where they murdered 700 people at one time, and only took 20 minutes was a profound experience. Definitely something most people should experience in their lives.
  • This is Auschwitz Birkenau - and the scale of this camp is huge as it had its own railroad to bring in the prisoners (who didn't know they were prisoners). At the end of the railroad is where they were sorted to live and work under hard/slave labour or to die by gas chamber - again they thought they were going there to take showers after their long journey to get there. The camp is vast. On one side as you walk in on the right is brick buildings - built from recycled bricks of houses that were destroyed from surrounding villages to isolate the camp from the outside world. On the right is some wooden buildings and many chimneys as most buildings were destroyed from the years of neglect / lack of upkeep. At the back where the gas chambers were is a memorial to those who died - their ashes scattered all over at the time as fertiliser (cremated to prevent diseases from developing) or used as ash to make roads. This is the world's largest cemetery... As the state of this camp is so... Abandoned and depleted it's not as shocking as Auschwitz 1 but it's still worth seeing to see the scale of the cruelty that humans are capable of to each other...
  • Been here this January, can't believe what just happened to these people! There's a lot of stripped off shirts, pants, eye-glasses and shoes of the Jews and Poles. I have never felt so sad in my entire live. What is wrong with these anti-semitic people that have made a lot of horror to the world! Hope Allah will bless these souls, Amen! P/s: I am a Muslim and I am not anti-semitic nor Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. During Muhammad reign, all races including Jews are treated equally. (Museum compliment: Nice people and very informative the parking price are about 7 ZŁ at about £1.40!)