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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  • August 19, 2017
    This was the main goal of our summer tour and would recommend anyone to go there. Just going there physically in person helped also by a guide in Italian (we used the structure that then are much cheaper than the ones found in Kraków) you can understand all the details and the story of what happened ... Recommended!!
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  • August 19, 2017
    Auschwitz can be visited for free before 10:00. Best to get there well before 10:00 as there is a usually a long line to enter. You do not need a guide as you can pick up a good guide book in English ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    It is a very, very tired, and depending on when you go you can die of cold or heat, hunger, or sed, or soak up, or have to go well-equipped of everything, included very comfortable shoes. It is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Visit the two camps, Auschwitz I (concentration) and Birkenau (extermination). There is a shuttle bus that connects in ten minutes one another. There are people carrying Guide for the two and others only for the first; I recommend lead Guide for both. Little is impressive: it is, by far, what I liked most of my extensive journey through Poland, and is obviously not for aesthetic reasons. It should be must visit once in life, and realize what that was and meant. I have no words to express what you feel when you get inside a gas chamber, or in the Pavilion of the terminally ill in Birkenau (see photos). So more tremendous, however, not be can photograph, like tons of hair of aerated Jewish Germans employed to achieve the sealing of its submarines, for example. Absolutely brutal, inhuman. Why don't I put five-star? Easy: because we conned. They had strongly recommended me, take a tour with a private guide in Spanish, and so I did on the Internet long enough (at least a month and a half), and so I paid it, it is not cheap. To get there, perhaps for being summer, there was nothing resembling a private visit: all were group tours, of about 30 people, with headphones; and as much as I asked and I desgañité, only receiving suspicious giggles by response from all those involved, without having anyone noses to recognize that I had been scammed. I understand that when the agglomeration is excessive, you can suspend individual visits, but then you don't sell tickets to triple the price of the collective, i.e. you do not estafes people. We also had the misfortune of having a guide that I will not give more data tremendously unfriendly and perdonavidas. One more thing: you can not think to take an expensive excursion organized from Krakow: going to the bus station in time (the trip is hour and a half) and every twenty minutes are very comfortable and cheap buses that leave you at the gate. Baratísimo means 12 NLP, or about € 3 per person per trip. Carries a few zloty loose for the service, which is paid and you need it at least 2 times (1.5 NLP per person). In summary: the visit is breathtaking, essential; the organization is an absolute disaster.
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  • What a dark part of history. An educating and emotional experience. If you have relations to Auschwitz it is worth the trip. If not, I'm not so sure as all information is available elsewhere and the guide we had delivered a monotonous routine that failed to captivate. Adding to that, the lack of service level and to an extend almost rude behavior from the staff took a lot away from the game experience. The waiting, the lack of information and the annoyed staff when you asked. The horror, the pain and the suffering is so hard to comprehend. Let's not forget.
  • Very informative, emotionally moving experience. I have visited another camp previously. Had no knowledge of the extent of what happened until today. Well presented. Would highly recommend this tour.
  • A very surreal experience. It is extremely difficult to comprehend the atrocities that occurred here. Walking into the gas chamber was a chilling experience knowing that only 70-75 years ago millions of people were murdered here by the Nazis... Worth a visit. Very peaceful in the spring at the Birkenau site (esp near Gas Chambers 4 and 5 where there are less crowds)... We had a hire-car so we arrived early as soon as it opened and we were allowed to enter for free without payment and walk around without a booking or guide... We were worried that we would not be able to gain entry without booking a time slot on the website... Simply get there early to Auschwitz 1 (the site of the main museum) and you will be allowed in without a booking... You can buy a guide book from the Museum shop, but there are plenty of interpretation boards to read. Going at it alone without a guide is much more peaceful experience and you can go at your own pace!
  • This is a difficult place to review. I want to say I liked my visit but not the reason why this monument must exist. I was exposed to a lot and it really hits home. Physically seeing these buildings and the artifacts housed inside is soul wrenching. It hurt. However, there are a few points to advise. I took a tour and it was fast. They showed the whole camp but the pace was very fast, almost grueling. There was not a lot of time to dig into some exhibits. Still, walking by the mountains of hair and shoes that were once attached to a living, feeling, crying human soaked in fear may not be something on which to spend time. There are different tours, so think about the style of tour you want and decide from there. I recommend setting up three days for this site; one day take fast tourist tour and then two days for study tour. Oh, and you might want to borrow my girlfriend to fill in some details. ;)
  • I feel strange to rate this place with 5 stars but I am doing this because everybody must visit his place! I was with my family and We were impressed! Let god bless all died people there! :(

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Most visitors to Oswiecim come from nearby Krakow, where they can take advantage of the larger city's greater variety of accommodations. Oswiecim remains a small town with few lodging options, so if you wish to stay near the major attractions, consider the few mid-range hotels and guesthouses located near the city center. Before making your final selection, check your options for getting to the area's main sites, the former Nazi concentration and extermination camps situated about 80 km (40 mi) west of the city.
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