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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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Everybody knows about the Holocaust, but not everybody goes to the grounds where some of the most brutal acts against humanity this world has ever seen took place. It is heavy, it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Everybody knows about the Holocaust, but not everybody goes to the grounds where some of the most brutal acts against humanity this world has ever seen took place. It is heavy, it is heartbreaking, and it is a must see for those that get the chance to respectfully walk the grounds of these camps. It is a very educational experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Visiting Auschwitz was the main reason for our trip to Poland. We both have an interest in WW2 history and this museum makes everything you have read come to life. It's not an easy experience - humbling, poignant, even distressing at times. The guided tour was invaluable as so many people visit the museum and it is busy. There is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Going to auschwitz was the main reason I came to Kraków. I learned about nazi Germany and concentration camps at school for a year but I learned more in my 3 hour tour with our guide. I can't remember her name but she was very knowledgable and could answer any questions even though she had only been working there for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We joined an English speaking free tour which ended up as just our family. The guide escorted us between the camps, this was well worth it as he was knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. This is probably the most impactful places I have ever visited, deeply emotional and shocking in its scale. It is somewhere I will never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It is not exactly a pleasant experience to visit this place but I feel that it is necessary to visit for educational purposes and a way to put your own life into perspective. The museum run tour guides are well informed, respectful of the premises and its history and take you around in a logical order to ensure you see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Don't go with a tour, everything there is pretty self explanatory and didn't get to see everything because the tour guide only showed so much. I really wish I had gone on my own. The way to do it is either on your own by train or bus or hire a private car to get there and walk the grounds... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The experience itself is second to none. The feeling you feel as you walk through the camps (Auschwitz and Birkenau) is a feeling I do not think I have felt before. I think it is now compulsory that you have a guide to take you around the camp and I found our guide, a young polish woman who lived in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This was a truly unforgettable experience. The numbers murdered here are mind boggling and then you see the hair. We made our own way out using the slow but excellent rail service from Krakow (easy to find and use) and then used a taxi for the 5 min ride to Auschwitz 1 from the rail station at Oswiecim. (There is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I've always known that I wanted to go visit Auschwitz but I wondered if it would happen. It finally did and I can't even begin to summarize my experience while there. It was simply beyond words that something so horrible could have happened in recent history. Knowing the horrors that happened in so many of the rooms is hard to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

When visiting Krakow we also visited this emotional place. It is about on hour drive from Krakow and I suggest to visit it in the morning if you are there during weekend. My friend said to me that I should have all the day for a place like this. To be honest, 2-3 hours was maximum to our group. You... More 

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