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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

ul. Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim, Poland
48 33 843 21 33
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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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Adelaide, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

And I am really glad that I did. I can't say it was enjoyable, because of the nature of the place, but it is still one of the best things I have ever done. You cannot get a true sense of the place unless you visit. And it definitely worthwhile getting a guide, which costs about AUD$20. They help to... More

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Auschwitz is a place that is very hard to visit but surely somewhere we should all take the time to do so if we can, the lessons and harsh realities of the place are difficult to understand without seeing it first hand. The tour guides add much to the experience of the place and in particular our guide on the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

This place is well worth a visit, its so surreal to think of all the horrendous things which happened here. Everyone should visit to learn a valuable lesson as to what the world should never experience ever again!!! Really moving! Thomass our guide was also amazing! Also its fairly close to Krakow - an awesome place with lots of fun... More

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Luckily I read before departing for Poland that if you get to Auschwitz before 1000 not only is it free but you're not herded around by a guide which you have to pay for. So I got the first bus out of Krakow bus station 0710 and arrived at 0815. I bought my 5 zloty guidebook in the museum shop... More

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Cascais, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

You should visit both parts: Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau. There's a free shuttle going between them every 15 or 30 minutes (confirm schedule ahead of the museum). Both sites are free and I recommend a long day to explore everything without rushes (I was there between 8 o'clock and 15 pm). In Auschwitz museum there are lots of expositions presented by... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

On a recent trip to Krakow we booked a tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau with a little trepidation as we had heard varying reports. Once we boarded the coach, we were immediately given headphones and sat back to watch a film that would end as we pulled up outside Auschwitz. We located our guide and were given new headphones and... More

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Paphos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

This was an enlightening experience despite our knowing a lot about the Holocaust and the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, it was a real eye-opener. It beggars belief that man can be so inhumane to fellow humans. It's a must-see but be prepared to be horrified.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We visited Auschwitz camp which was as expected, very sad and emotional. We also visited Birkenau camp as well. With both, there is a lot of information and history and emotionally it can be overwhelming. That being said, I felt I couldn't visit Kraków without going there and I am glad I visited it. Trip costs around £40, but includes... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

When we first booked this trip I have to admit I was worried people would think we were being ghoulish but now having been, I can see how this terrible part of history has got to kept alive. We went on a beautiful autumn day and the camps looked so quiet, peaceful and green. There was no litter, no smoking... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

While this is a place every one must visit, the experience could have been better if the guide could speak better English. We joined a compulsory guided tour with an oldish female guide who was quite rude when we said we could not hear. Her reaction amazed us as we expected more compassion specially at this historic place. She did... More

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