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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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Despite the frightfulness that happened here, is worth to visit. We all shall see it personally and not to forget what happened and remind it whenever we feel that something bad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We took a private tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau, which meant a 7.00 am start in order to get there in time to start the tour before it was only open to officially-guided tours. Our tour was part of our trip, and included transport. The security surprised us, although we had been warned that there was a metal detector on the way... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

I'm glad I went, but the experience was disappointing for me on a number of levels. First, the crowds! We did visit on a Sunday, but our guide said it was always like that. This makes it hard to see things and really experience what it was really like for the people interred here. Second, it is too rushed. I... More 

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Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Despite the frightfulness that happened here, is worth to visit. We all shall see it personally and not to forget what happened and remind it whenever we feel that something bad happened to us (mostly not as bad as the people here experienced here). I suggest to book the entry via internet and come in advance to collect the sticker... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

There is a beautiful quote by George Santayana when you enter Auschwitz that summarizes why everyone should visit: "The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again." Our visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was absolutely heartbreaking, but it will stay with us forever. We felt devastated after seeing what had occurred here, but also felt inspired by... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We visited this site as part of a tour. On the one hand we were worried that it would be too harrowing a visit, but with the tourist crowds around it seemed almost benign. The tour guide was very good and kept stressing that many countries must have known about the extermination camps and did nothing to report it. It... More 

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

This is a must see for anyone. You really get a great perspective of the scale of what actually happened there. It was interesting to see it first hand.

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Beit Shemesh, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

You must visit this place! It is the number one tourist spot in Krakow, in southwestern area of Poland, in the entire country! It is the site of the largest, meticulously planned, organized documented and "executed" mass murder in the history of the world- the extermination by the Nazis of over one million Jews (at this site alone), along with... More 

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Well, this is a compulsory place to learn more about what really happened during World War II. I won't say is really like a happy trip, but it's a good way to learn from humanity's mistakes so we don't do it again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I hadn't realised that there are two camps here: Auschwitz was a concentration and forced labour camp initially built for Polish dissidents and Russian POWs. It's a relatively small site, with brick barracks housing the remains from some of the last extermination trains brought here towards the end of the War. The exhibits are gruesome: human hair, prosthetic limbs, spectacles,... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This must be on every persons visit list. We visited using a private taxi which we had rented for the day. To guide your way round Aushwitz 1, you can either take a tour - most people appeared to do, or pick up a guide for 5PLN and visit each building at your own pace. We did the latter and... More 

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Address: ul. Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim, Poland
Phone Number: +48 33 843 21 33
Location: Europe  >  Poland  >  Southern Poland  >  Lesser Poland Province  >  Oswiecim
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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