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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

ul. Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim, Poland
48 33 843 21 33
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As featured in Daytrips from Krakow
Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Oswiecim
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: The Auschwitz-Birkenau complex ( en.auschwitz.org/m/) comprises two concentration camps. Auschwitz 1 gives details of the history of, and life in the... more »
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Lyon, France
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Visiting Auschwitz is a must if you are in Krakow. Although I've watched films and documentaries about WWII but I was still shocked when visiting the museum. There are detailed maps and English descriptions of each site, with lots of pictures and displays. My friend and I went there by taking small bus from the main Krakow bus (train) staion,... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We got our hotel to book our Auschwitz- Birkenau tour for us. It cost 139zl adult price, per person. We were booked with 'Tours Manifold'. An English speaking tour guide picked us up at our hotel at the arranged time, 08.25. We were driven to Auschwitz, the guided pointed out places of interest on route as well as playing us... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

As a second generation of Holocaust Survivor , whose father lost all his family in Auschwitz - Birkenau I felt very disrespectful and painful to see how the management of the museum allows so many tourists to enter at once , without receiving a previous lecture of the difference of the two different camps. The Polish Guides emphasize first the... More

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Do not miss this at any cost. If you are going for the first time then please opt for the guided tour. The whole tour consisting of the two concentration camps can take almost a day, so plan accordingly. The tour was an emotional one. There are points in the tour where you might literally have to struggle to hold... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and myself attended Auschwitz-Birkenau and I couldn't honestly believe what I has seen and what had been done here...The tour was outstanding with an amazing tour guide to describe all that went on!

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London, England, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Today was a very touching and harrowing day and one that should be undertaken by everyone, and should be absolutely compulsory for every person undertaking any position of state power in any country in the world. The tour guide was excellent and very somber ensuring that the experience was taken in the right frame of mind. However, embarrassingly, some people... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It feels wrong to review death camps as if they were "attractions" and I don't have the words but this is something every person should experience. There is no lack of respect from either those who are maintaining them for the future and our guide from Discover Krakow was also sensitive and informed. Life-changing.

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Elk Grove, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The cruelty experienced by innocent loving families during WWII are unbelievable. This memorial is important for all of us to remember that there are people in this world that can create pain and suffering for their own pleasure. We need to make sure this never happens again. What an experience. Our prayers are with the thousands of men, women and... More

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26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This Dark Chapter of "Human History" sadly didn't start in 1939 or did finish in 1945 but the sheer brutality of this period demonstrated well in this place set out as museum like no others. So a visit must be a must on anybody's agenda .BUT YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED ; The whole visit is nearly a full day... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

words don't really cover what this place was about. It was mind blowing and emotional, a place that everyone should visit and continue to share with later generations so that they can learn and not forget about the suffering humans can cause. The visit was a little let tarnished by being racially abused and shouted at by a polish visitor.... More

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