A visit to Auschwitz is a sobering but powerful experience...
Every year, millions of visitors from around the world walk through the gate bearing the inscription ‘Arbeit macht frei’ - Work Sets One Free, and enter Auschwitz, one of the best-known concentration camps in the world and a living monument to those that died in the Holocaust.
Our guide to Auschwitz Tours
Auschwitz is a haunting site of genocide where approximately 1.5 million people were killed during WWII's Holocaust. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it poignantly commemorates the lives of those who died within its walls and fences and is a must-visit for all.
Established in 1940, the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex is a network of German Nazi concentration camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Poland and throughout its five years of operation, was a place of systematic extermination with the majority of victims being Jews, along with Poles, Gypsies, Russian POWs and members of other nationalities.
The Martyrdom Museum was founded in 1947 covering the area of KL Auschwitz (Auschwitz I) in OÅwiÄcim and the Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) in Brzezinka. It comprises approximately 150 buildings, 300 ruins and the original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps that have been preserved. What's more, the buildings house almost unbelievable collections of original exhibits and documents.
Visiting Auschwitz is a harrowing but vitally important experience and a must-do if you are spending time in Krakow.
Time slots may change due to guide availability, seasonal variations, road conditions etc. It is advisable to book this tour earlier on in your trip in case of last-minute amendments made locally.
You can choose from the following tickets:
- Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour - Visit to Auschwitz with a guided tour and shared transport to and from Krakow city centre.
- Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day- Combination ticket that includes visits to Auschwitz AND the Wieliczka Salt Mine in one day.
- Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Private Transport - Visit to Auschwitz with a guided tour and private transport to and from Krakow city centre.
- Auschwitz-Birkenau with Hotel pick-up Tour - Visit to Auschwitz, complete with hotel pick-up for convenience.