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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  • Camp 1 shows particularly well decorated with many exhibitions of the different peoples who have been brought here. The finish is in the old barracks of high level. At Camp 2 is the vast emptiness at least as impressive. Precisely the lack of exhibitions and the fact that many barracks broken do you think how huge it was. Nice that everything is authentic, without extensive catering or other modern excuses.
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  • Very impressive. Auschwitz1 is the smaller camp where many impressive exhibits. 2.5 hours here looked around. Then take the shuttle bus to auschwitz2-birkenau. This is a very large camp, where everything outside. Tips: go early, preferably immediately at 8 pm to the hustle and bustle and go for a day out. We had no guide, by following the arrows is it all easy to follow. Please note that you are not allowed to take bags larger than 1a4, and you're going to advance through the security.
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  • We went there on our own, taking Lajkonik bus from MDA bus station in Krakow at 7.10. At 8.35 we were at Auschwitz I and we entered the site at 8.50 (they let people enter 30 minutes before booked tim...  more »
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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!)