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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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Address: ul. Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim, Poland
Phone Number: +48 33 843 21 33
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: Established by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol...
Established by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. Although the exact number of victims is unknown, many Jews, Poles and gypsies died here. The museum consists of two parts: Auschwitz I, the first and oldest camp (the number of prisoners fluctuated around 15,000, sometimes rising above 20,000) and Auschwitz II, Birkenau (which held more than 90,000 prisoners in 1944). The greater part of the apparatus of mass extermination was built in Birkenau and the majority of the victims were murdered there.
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Amazing tour. It pits everything into perspective. Our tour guide, Bartosz, was excellent. He was very professional and knowledgeable. Seeing the camps in person is nothing like I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Amazing tour. It pits everything into perspective. Our tour guide, Bartosz, was excellent. He was very professional and knowledgeable. Seeing the camps in person is nothing like I have ever experienced. A very sobering experience. Highly recommended for all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have no words to describe this experience, but extremely glad that I made the journey. It is a life changing experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Its difficult to rate this museum as an 'attraction' as I'm sure you can imagine. During the high season you have to book a tour if you arrive at a certain time, this I assume is to stop it getting too crowded. We did however meet people who had to go on an Italian tour despite not speaking a word... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The trip to Auschwitz from Krakow takes about 2 hours in a cramped mini-van so if you think it might be a good idea to spend the night prior to your excursion drinking red wine, white wine, Prosecco, Jack Daniels, Gin, Rum, Tequila and lager.. Think again. Apart from my drinking partner (and almost myself) throwing up in the van,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We've all read books, watched films and think we know something about what happened here, but that won't prepare you for the feeling you get when you're actually there, walking around those camps. The sheer size of them is unbelievable. The photographs hanging on the walls, rows and rows of scared people looking out at you. Their shoes, their suitcases,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

It seems a bit wrong and difficult to use positive-sounding words, but I have to say that it was a "great" experience. The silence, even with a lot of visitors present, creates a subdued and sincere atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you're in Krakow planning what to do, put this at the very top of your list. It will take the best part of half-a-day. Here's what we learned. 1. Most tours with hotels are already booked. 2. We were glad we did NOT go with a tour. 3. We had a car and drove there. You will pay a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I have read and studied about the holocaust, but not until seeing this place first hand did I really appreciate the scope and size of Nazi brutality. I'm glad I was able to see it in person and it is something that I will never forget.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We visited this death camp and i thought i knew a lot of things about it until our tour guide (who was very informed) told us things that i thought human beings couldnt do.If you decide togo to krakow this is a must see.Words cant describe what we seen/learned.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We couldn't organise a private tour as we were too late and everything was booked up so my sister and I decided to hire a car on arrival at the airport drove to our hotel and the next morning Drove to Auschwitz and Birkenau He went able to enter the museum but were told we could not bring a backpack... More 

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