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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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Cork
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We went to Krakow for 3 nights in January, before we left we were unsure as to whether or not we wanted to go to Auschwitz-Birkenau as we knew it would be a mood changer. We were taken from the airport to our hotel in Krakow by a driver named Marek. He told me he that he does private tours... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We visited this museum last summer and it was so eye opening, that we will remember this experience for the rest of our lives. The stories that we heard and the pictures and items that we saw were unbelievable. Our guide was very knowledgabe and her English was perfect, since not a lot of people in Poland know English. I... More

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Every person should visit Auschwitz-Birkenau because it would make the world a better place. Right after we purchased our tickets in Krakow's town center, an elderly man walked up to us and said, "I see you have gotten tickets to Auschwitz, it is good that you go, I spent 5 years there." Standing on that train platform (that you see... More

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Lyon, France
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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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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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ontario
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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
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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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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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