Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour

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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-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour

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 and 300 ruins and the original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps have all been preserved. What's more, the buildings house the collection of original exhibits and documents.

Your tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau includes a visit to Auschwitz I - the administrative centre of Auschwitz death camp - and Auschwitz II, designed and constructed quite simply as an execution facility.

As you explore the gas chambers, crematoriums and exhibition halls inside the old prison blocks, listen closely as your guide sensitively explains the who, how, where, when and why of this haunting place and the key events in its history.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour

  • All bookings for this tour are on a request basis - please allow 72 hours to confirm this tour.
  • Full names of all passengers are required at time of booking. 
  • Time slots may change due to guide availability, seasonal variations, road conditions etc.
  • Infants 0-5 years are free of charge but require a child seat. Please advise at the time of booking if you are travelling with an infant.
  • According to Polish law children up to 12 years old or under the height of 1.5m are obliged to travel in baby seat or booster seat. These will be provided free of charge. 
  • Eating, smoking and photography inside the buildings as well as acting in a loud manner is forbidden at the site.
  • Please note that backpacks or handbags brought into Auschwitz cannot exceed the dimensions 30x20x10cm. Please leave these on the bus.
  • Journey time from Krakow to Auschwitz can take around 90 minutes. 
  • You are allowed to take photos only in selected parts of the Museum.
  • Wheelchair users can visit Auschwitz alongside an assisting person but, please note, the wheelchair must be capable of folding so that it will fit in a minibus. Also, sightseeing can be difficult due to the historical aspect of the buildings (no driveways, large steps, lots of stairs, pebbly ground etc.) and some parts of Auschwitz are available only through steps.
  • Cancellation Policy: Once booked and confirmed no changes are possible. Tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour

  • How long does it take to travel from Krakow to Auschwitz?
    A one-way journey takes approximately 90 minutes.