Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camps where over 1.1 million people lost their lives. It was established in 1940 in the suburbs of the town of Oświęcim, approximately 60 km away from Kraków. After the war it became the symbol of genocide and the Holocaust and in 1947 a museum, which is now visited yearly by more than 2 million people, was formally founded on the site of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps.
Visit the museum with an official guide to learn the history of the camp and the Holocaust. You will visit both parts of the camp – Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau where you can see original camp buildings, camp fence, the railroad spur and ruins of such places as the gas chambers and crematoria.
The group size is reduced to maximum 20 people.
approximately 7-8 hours (including 3.5-hour guided tour in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and a 30-minute break after the guided tour)
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Please take your ID or passport. If you purchase a student ticket, please bring your student card as well.
You will visit the Museum in a group of maximum 20 people.
We recommend to wear comfortable shoes and the tour on the grounds of the Museum is a walking tour (3.5 hours). As it is an open-air museum, please be prepared for any weather conditions.
The museum is open to people of all ages however we do not recommend this tour to children under the age of 14.
The maximum dimensions of hand luggage which can be brought inside the museum is 30cm x 20cm x 10cm.
For safety reasons, each person entering the museum passes an obligatory security inspection.
The museum buildings included in the tour are not adapted to wheelchairs.
Visitors to the museum should behave with respect and dress appropriately to a place of this nature (formem concentration and extermination camp).
Consuming food is possible only outside of the grounds of the Museum. You will have a 30-minute break after the 3.5-hour guided tour.
Please note usuig drones above the area of the museum is not allowed.
Learn the tragic history of the World War II and Holocaust in a place that reminds us of the darkest moments of the history of humanity and visit the grounds of the former concentration and extermination camp located in the town of Oświęcim, approximately 60 km away from Kraków.
Auschwitz was established by German Nazis in 1940 as a concentration camp for political prisoners and in 1942 it also became extermination camp and a major site of the Nazi’s ‘Endlösung der Judenfrage’ (‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question’). After the World War II a museum commemorating the victims was established on the ground of the camps Auschwitz I and Birkenau.
Meet your tour leader and a group of maximum 20 people in a selected pick-up point in Kraków. On your journey, which will take up to 1 hour 45 minutes, you will watch a historical film about the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau. After arrival in Oświęcim and a very short break, you will pass a security inspection before you meet an official educator and start the guided tour.
You will enter Auschwitz I camp through the gate under the ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work makes you free) sign. It was the first and the oldest part of the camp which included prewar Polish barracks. You will visit the permanent exhibition and enter some of the barracks.
After leaving Auschwitz I, you will go by bus to the second part of the museum which is located on the grounds of the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp where you will see the the ruins of gas chamber and crematoria, prisoner barracks and the ramp.
After aprroximately 3.5-hour guided tour you will leave the camp and start your 30-minute break before we start the return bus journey to Kraków.
We will meet you at selected pick-up point at the pick-up time which is confirmed on your ticket. We decided to limit the number of departure locations to minimize the disturbance to Kraków residents and reduce travel carbon footprint. In case of any delay, you will be notified by our team. We recommend to appear at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before departure.
Our buses are easy to recognize as there is Locally Kraków sign on the exterior or on the dashboard of the bus. Our English-speaking driver or tour leader will scan your ticket before boarding the bus. Both paper and electronic tickets are accepted.
Our journey to the town of Oświęcim will take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. You will watch a historical film that will prepare you for a visit on the grounds of the concentration camp.
Upon arrival in Oświęcim, you will meet your professional tour guide that will accompany you for about 3,5 hours in total hours while visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. Before you start the guided tour, there will be a security control and your luggage will be scanned.
At the beginning of the guided tour you will enter the museum through a gate with the slogan ‘Albeit macht frei’ (Work makes you free). In the first part of the tour you will visit Auschwitz I camp. The guided tour in this part of the camp lasts up to 2 hours.
After leaving Auschwitz I camp, we will go by bus towards the second part of the museum, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, which is located about 3 km away.
As soon as we reach Birkenau, you will start the second part of the guided tour which will last approximately 1 – 1,5 hours. In Birkenau you will see barracks, camp fence and the ruins of gas chambers.
You will have a 30-minute break after the guided tour to explore Birkenau on your own, visit a bookstore or have lunch.
After the break, you will meet our tour leader and your tour group at a predetermined time and return to Kraków by bus.
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