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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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If it is your first visit, join one of the guided tours provided by the museum

Looking at the premises, it is hard to imagine the horrors that took place within. I suggest you read up before going or join one of the guided tours provided by the museum. It is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Looking at the premises, it is hard to imagine the horrors that took place within. I suggest you read up before going or join one of the guided tours provided by the museum. It is a very grim and emotional experience. Entrance is free. The guided tours are not (about EUR10). For students there is a reduced price (bring your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We went with a tour group called CRACOW tours booked via VIATOR. (Recommend for pre paid tours) the experience was emotional but incredible at the same time, to pay your respects to those people, in this day an age it impossible to think what them poor people went through. would recommended booking up and visiting. It's worth the history!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

5-stars for the museum/site but the management needs improvement. Arrive early, we got there 30 minutes' before our tour time and nearly missed it due to poor organisation of the queues and information to visitors. The tour itself did feel rushed, the bus to Birkenau left 7 minutes' early without waiting for us and was equally keen to whisk us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Its very iconic and well worth a look.The place shows as you would expect the grim reality of history if you read ip before you go uou can ask questions as i came away feeling a little let down.There is more to this place than they tell you ..Ask about block 24 being used as a Brothel and it changes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We must never forget how man can turn on his fellow man. The best way to visit is one of the small group tours, usually 16 people or less that get you to the site when it opens a good 2 hours before the large bus loads of people arrive. Unless you go on your own there won't be enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

How one describes this visit is almost beyond me. The site is a unique memorial to the millions who perished here. In part at least the museum reclaims some of the dignity so brutily taken from them at the moment of their death. Their treatment is presented to visitors in full force and the silent emotional reaction one hears in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The museum is everything and more than you can expect and I would probably says as much of an educational trip it should be treated as a memorial site that requires great amounts of respect. My girlfriend and I visited this week 25/02/15 and we booked our tickets in advance directly from the museum and had a scheduled tour in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I was a bit apprehensive to go at first but im glad i went. The guide was excellent. Well worth the money. I didnt sleep very well that nite thinking of theses poor people. Seeing there belongings was awful. You have to go tho. We must not forget what happened

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is the place everyone should visit and take children to. So to know the shameful past of the human kind. And not to repeat this by all means. Much information and survived proof provided. One should plan one full day for visiting both camps and thorough seeing all the spots. It is allowed to take very small bags inside.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I decided to visit Auschwitz after I visited the Jewish museum in Berlin (too politically correct in my opinion). Auschwitz is a visit that will move your soul. It is not about what you see but about what you "feel". It is an emotional journey. However we always remember Auschwitz for the place where millions of Jewish lost their life.... More 

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