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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Columbus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We took a bus from Krakow and toured both of the Auschwitz camps during our visit. The entire experience was surreal and filled with so many emotions. Both camps had so much information to take in and it was amazing to stand where so much unfortunate history occurred. If you're near Krakow, do not miss out on this experience.

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South Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My partner and I travelled by motorhome to Auschwitz/Birkenau in July 2014. Although incredibly sad and almost surreal when you walk around the place I would not have missed going for anything. We went on an organised tour where they gave us headsets to hear commentary of the guide.she walked us around the place giving very involved details as we... More

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Preston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We visited Auschwitz by public bus back in January - it was very easy to get to by public bus (get info from the tourist information centre in Krakow's main square). The journey took just over 1 hour 30 minutes and the bus dropped us off at the main entrance to the museum. Our visit to Auschwitz was an unforgettable... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Auschwitz is an incredibly harrowing and emotional place, but one of those experiences you shouldn't miss out on. We didn't go on an organised tour but visited independently, it is so much cheaper and very easy. We caught the train from Krakow Glowny to Oswiecim (about 10 zloty each way), and from there got a taxi (15 zloty each way)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is going to be even more exhausting and harrowing than you are probably expecting. We all know the stats and the history but seeing the colossal amounts of human hair alone for the first time will turn those numbers into people so quickly in your mind. Everyone should visit.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I would highly recommend getting a guide as it makes such a huge difference to what you will gain from the museum and camp. There is a lack of information posted around the museum so a guide really brings it all to life.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I wanted to visit the place ever since I happened to watch a disturbing documentary series on Auschwitz. There were many tours to Auschwitz advertised in Krakow city from 100zl onwards. I was inclined at first to take the tour but then at the last moment decided to take the public transport, just to get a local feel. Public transport... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

A must see. Not an easy experience by any means, but in my opinion, something we all must do. To not forget. I would recommend to do this visit with a guide. It would have been way different without the ammount of almost first hand information about this horrible place that the guide shared with us. I would also really... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I visited here when I was in Uni, many, many years ago. The trip advisor dates don't go far enough back. We were a group of 75 students and I have to say it was upsetting, educational, devastating and humbling. You could hear a pin drop as our guide (a holocaust survivor) took us on a tour. It really did... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Traveled to Auschwitz-Birkenau this month, it was an unforgettable experience. The lines/crowds were moving quickly when the doors opened. The staff that escorts you through the museum was informative & quite compassionate about answering questions & explaining the tour as we walked along. I will never forget my experience at A-B, I've always seen pics and read reviews on Auschwitz... More

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