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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I think there is nothing to write which has not already been written about this tour. No one who visits the area will not be moved by the history, as well as the suffering which was inflicted on one human by another. By getting the guided tour you also get taken to Birkenhau which is about 10 mins away by... More

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Raumati Beach, New Zealand
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I expected to be moved to tears knowing what I know about Auchwitz / Birkenau. Unfortunately I found the experience quite sanitized and impersonal. It is a very difficult place and I am unsure as to exactly what I would change, as it cannot become a theme park, but when the guides talk of 1.1 - 1.5 million it it... More

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Rome
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I visited this site yesterday and I must say that it was very moving experience and at the same time very disturbing. A must to see for all

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

There is nothing else to add to the horrors that happened in this place, or to try to find any explanation to how is it possible for a human being to treat so badly another human being, or the constants insults to human dignity that happened over the years in this place, my comments will be related to the value... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Surprised to discover that it is a very popular destination for visitors. Thousands of people go there every day. The initial brick buildings are crowded with visitors but demonstrate all the cruel happenings. Birkenhau is close by and should NOT be missed, It is where the railway imported poor souls for mass killings. Most visitors will leave with a heavy... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Difficult to give 5 stars to this, but it is an experience. There is so much to see and read, it'd be a shame to rush through. We spent a little over 4 hours touring both sites and could have spent more. We arrived before 10 to do it on our own, and we're glad we did. I know there... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited twice, once part of a guided tour in May, and then a month later on my own. I recommend going alone. The crowds after 10 am in May were crushing and noisy and it was hard to hear the commentary even with headphones, or to concentrate on the sights. Visit the memorials and ruins at the back of... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I have been to Dachau, and seen documentaries of Auschwitz. The grounds there were not a surprise, but walking them left me immeasurably saddened and empty. Birkenau, however, took my breath away. A couple of miles away, and properly called Auschwitz II, Birkenau was designed to handle 100,000 people and offers a dumbfounding first-hand, in your face example, of the... More

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Surrey Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

The most moving experience ever. Cannot say it was enjoyable but it certainly gets you thinking about the people and the conditions that they had to endure. I am very glad I did the tour as I think it is a must see, just from a historical point of view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was with trepidation that I agreed to visit Auschwitz, but I am glad that I did. I wasn't prepared for the overwhelming sadness that I felt during, after and still. The tour guide was excellent - allowing us time to take in the information and look respectfully at the exhibits. Challenging and thought provoking. Very emotional experience.

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