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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tours

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is the resting place for some 1.5 million people, as the site once served as a concentration camp and extermination site of the European Jewish community during World War II. Today, Auschwitz-Birkenau is an important historical area, allowing visitors to reflect on the monumental horrors that occurred during the genocide.


The Basics

Auschwitz-Birkenau tours take visitors through some of the 13 surviving prison blocks that now feature museum exhibitions, many dedicated to victims and displaying documentary photographs and historical artifacts. In addition the main camp, a much larger camp called Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) sits about 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) to the west. This site has been left almost exactly as it was when the Nazis abandoned it at the end of the war, complete with gas chamber ruins, and is also considered a part of the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. An official visitor’s center can be found at the entrance to Auschwitz I.


The two sites are often visited together on group or private tours from Krakow Old Town, available in a number of languages and generally including transport between the memorial areas, plus hotel pickup and drop-off or airport transfers. It's recommended that travelers allot about 90 minutes for each of the sites. A visit is also sometimes combined with a trip to the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cell phones are not allowed in the permanent exhibition buildings.
  • The ability to take photos varies by area, although it is not allowed in Room 5 of Block 4 or in the cellars of Block 11. Flash units and tripods are not allowed.
  • The maximum size of any baggage carried in is 11.8x8x4 inches (30x20x10 cm).
  • The museum discourages visits from children under the age of 14.
  • While wheelchairs are available for use at the visitor's center, strollers may only be used outside of the blocks and other structures in Auschwitz I.
  • The memorial is closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, and Christmas.
How to Get There
Auschwitz-Birkenau is in Oswiecim, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Krakow, from where most tours depart. A few tours are offered from Warsaw 196 miles (315 kilometers) away, although transport takes four hours. Both memorial sites have paid parking lots, and shuttles run between the two. Zakopane is located 80 miles (130 kilometers) south.

Insider Tip

This is a somber place to visit (to say the least), and appropriate solemnity and respect are required on museum grounds. Although you can arrive independently, guided Auschwitz tours can allow for better education and understanding, plus insight from a tour guide.


Address: ul Wiezniow Oswiecimia, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
Hours: Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally
Admission: Varies
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Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow including Lunch

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Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow including Lunch

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Combine two of Krakow’s most important historic sites on this full-day tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and the Wieliczka Salt Mine, including hotel pickup and lunch. Start with a moving tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, and learn the harrowing truths of the largest Nazi concentration camp complex. After lunch, venture underground to explore the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka mine, one of the world’s oldest working salt mines.
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Auschwitz and Birkenau Guided Tour with Hotel Pick Up from Krakow

Auschwitz and Birkenau Guided Tour with Hotel Pick Up from Krakow

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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Auschwitz and Birkenau on this convenient day trip from Krakow. Learn all about the history of the largest concentration camp operated by the Nazis, and many of the people who passed through here, on a fully guided tour. Visit both camps, and leave with a greater understanding of this period of history that shouldn’t be forgotten.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Trip from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Trip from Krakow

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Discover the story of Auschwitz on a full-day trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in Oświęcim from Krakow. On the site of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, learn about Auschwitz’s history and visit significant buildings like the prisoner barracks and the unloading bay before you browse exhibits in the UNESCO-listed complex's museum. Round-trip transport from Krakow's Old Town and a boxed lunch is included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

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Experience a poignant piece of World War II history on a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Led by a knowledgeable guide, explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex and preserve the memory of those who perished there. Pass through the crematoriums, old prison blocks, and moving memorials, and hear the stories of this dark time in history from your guide in a sensitive manner. Your tour concludes with transportation back to your original departure point in Krakow.
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  • 7 hours
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

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Visit UNESCO World Heritage–listed Auschwitz-Birkenau, a former Nazi concentration camp where more than a million European Jews and other prisoners were confined or killed during World War II. A professional guide sensitively portrays the horrors of the Holocaust as you tour the barracks, watchtowers, railway ramps, gas chambers and crematoriums at the two camps, located in Oświęcim. See poignant museum exhibits and witness moving memorials, where you hear narratives by former detainees and learn of Auschwitz’s liberation in 1945.
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Auschwitz & Birkenau: Live-Guided tour with transportation and hotel pickup

Auschwitz & Birkenau: Live-Guided tour with transportation and hotel pickup

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Learn about Poland’s history and visit a former concentration camp—Auschwitz Birkenau, that now acts as a place to remember those who lost their lives there during World War II. Save time planning your own transport by having Krakow hotel pickup and drop-off included. By going on a guided tour, you are able to understand more about the context of the site and the things that happened there.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum makes up an integral part of Krakow’s history. Make sure your day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is as relaxed as the rest of your holiday on this full-day tour. As well as hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees and a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum are included for added convenience.
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Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial Tour from Krakow

Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial Tour from Krakow

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Pay your respects at the most notorious of all Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau. If you choose the guided option, learn all about the history of this somber place from your guide. Otherwise, tour at your own pace without a guide. This is a convenient way to visit the important site from Krakow.
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Full-Day Tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow

Full-Day Tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow

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Visit two of Poland’s UNESCO-listed sites in a single day on this combo tour from Krakow. Pay tribute to victims and survivors of the Holocaust on a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau former concentration camp, and then descend deep underground to explore the fascinating chambers and tunnels of the historic Wieliczka Salt Mine. Skip-the-line tickets and a boxed lunch in between attractions make for a seamless experience.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt Mine in One Day from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt Mine in One Day from Krakow

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The site of Auschwitz-Birkenau has witnessed the pain and suffering of more than a million people who lived and died in the confined premises of this site, death was the only way out. The second leg of the tour takes you to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the most popular historic monuments in Poland. With excavations dating back as early as the 13th century, the site produced table salt until 2007. • Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt mine at one day. • Great-value tour includes entrance fees, guides and hotel pick-up • Explore 3 km of the underground corridors of the Wieliczka Salt Mine • During the tour brake time between 30min - 90min Safe tours COVID-19 free: • Our vehicles are disinfected after every tour • Drivers and guides wear protective masks. • Before the start of the tour we measure the temperature of every participant • Upon the entrance to the museum all visitor pass disinfections
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Auschwitz- Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day

Auschwitz- Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in One Day

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See two of Poland’s most-visited UNESCO World Heritage sites in a single day on this combo tour from Krakow. Pay tribute to the lives lost during the atrocities of World War II at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, where you can tour the former Nazi concentration camp and view exhibits related to its history and more than a million victims. Then, descend into a fascinating underground city ornately carved out of salt and stone at the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour by Private Transport from Krakow

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Gain a better understanding for the history of World War II and Nazi Germany’s effect on Poland on this 7-hour day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow. Walk the concentration camps where some of the most terrible and saddest events of World War II happened.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Trip from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Trip from Krakow

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Learn about the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on this 6-hour tour from Krakow. Take in the history and horror of this UNESCO-listed site, where approximately 1.1 million people died during World War II. The tour includes a documentary film about the Nazi camps and visits to Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II–Birkenau, the two separate camps on site.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine guided ONE DAY TOUR

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During the whole day you will visit two places which are Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and Wieliczka Salt Mines. In both places you got an official guides service included. Door to door service and english-speaking driver/tour leader is also provided. Tour includes all entrance fees and skipping the long line! Our staff is an experienced team of people who love their job trying to provide you the best service possible. All of our drivers/tour leaders are english-speaking and ready to help you and answer all your questions. We treat people individually. Our modern air-conditioned fleet is ready for the ride!
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour from Krakow

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Make your visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum as easy as possible on this tour from Krakow. In a group limited to 12 people, travel to the former Nazi concentration camp in a comfortable bus before embarking on a shared guided tour of the complex. Hotel pickup in Krakow and headsets are included.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour from Krakow

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Spend a day learning about the dark history of WWII from a guide while you visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. This Auschwitz-Birkenau group tour allows you to walk both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau with a guide who tells stories as you see the exhibits. Round-trip transport from Krakow is included, so you can keep your mind on the more important facts you’re taking in.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour From Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour From Krakow

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Easily fit in a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with this tour that includes round-trip transport from Krakow. After your ride to the memorial, take a tour led by a museum guide who knows the stories and history of the former WWII camp well. You are also provided with headphones, so you don’t miss a word along the way.
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  • 7 hours
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Full-Day Tour from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Full-Day Tour from Krakow

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in an important place to remember the victims of this former concentration camp during World War II Nazi-occupied Poland. You won’t have to worry about organizing how to get there as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. You’ll travel in a small group and will avoid waiting in long visitor lines as entrance tickets are provided. Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau with a guide to provide commentary and important historical information along the way.
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Full-Day Auschwitz and Birkenau Tour from Krakow with Private Transfer

Full-Day Auschwitz and Birkenau Tour from Krakow with Private Transfer

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A visit to the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau offers a haunting insight into the tragedies of Poland’s WWII Nazi occupation. On this full-day tour from Krakow, travel from the city by private vehicle, then join an emotional tour of the museum, memorials, and camp buildings, visiting both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
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  • 8 hours
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Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in two days

Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine in two days

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Discover Poland's top UNESCO-listed sites on this Super Saver, combining two popular Krakow tours at a special value price. First, follow an expert guide on a half-day tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau and explore the moving exhibitions and prison blocks of the former Nazi concentration camp complex. On the second day, marvel at the underground tunnels and salt formations inside the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine. Sharpen your knowledge on two important historical sites over the course of two days.
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Auschwitz Birkenau Self-Guided Tour with Guidebook from Krakow

Auschwitz Birkenau Self-Guided Tour with Guidebook from Krakow

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Experience a piece of World War II history during one day trip to Auschwitz the biggest Nazi concentration camp for Poles and prisoners from other countries. This tour will educate you about Holocaust witch claimed over 1 million victims. When you visit UNESCO World Heritage you will see remaining prison blocks, gas chambers and crematoria buildings. What we guarantee: • Pick up from your hotel or apartament. • Explore at your own pace without the group • 3,5 hours Museum sightseeing. • Professional serivce The whole trip lasts about 7 hours.
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Guided Tour with pick-up from Selected Krakow Hotels

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Guided Tour with pick-up from Selected Krakow Hotels

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Visit the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on this full-day tour from Krakow. In the company of a guide, explore both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and learn about the history of the UNESCO-listed memorial site and those once imprisoned within its walls.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Private Tour

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Private Tour

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Visit the Auschwitz and Birkenau camp. Discover the history of the largest Nazi camp in Europe thanks to a professional guide. Use the transport from your hotel and booking service without waiting in queues. Travel by comfortable air-conditioned car or minvan from Krakow. Travel by a private vehicle with a personal driver at your disposal the entire travel, without having to share the vehicle with other travelers. • Round-trip door-to-door transfers to Auschwitz-Birkenau are provided • No need to buy tickets on site - admission is included • Learn about historical events dating back to World War II from your guide • Hear commentary clearly - headphones are provided REMEMBER ! Visiting the camps takes place in groups of up to 30 people (the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum does not organize visits for smaller groups). For you, for your private disposal is a vehicle and driver during the trip.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$78.27
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Krakow with Private Round-Trip Transfer

Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Krakow with Private Round-Trip Transfer

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See a poignant piece of World War II history on a 5.5-hour tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, with private transfers to and from Krakow. After pickup from your Krakow hotel by private driver, journey to the UNESCO-listed site for a guided group tour of the complex. Your guide will discuss the camp's harrowing history as you walk. Visit the watch towers, crematoriums and exhibitions as you hear stories of the lives that were lost there. Your trip will conclude with private transportation back to your Krakow accommodations.
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  • 6 hours
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$119.84
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum hours of operation: Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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