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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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Valencia, Spain
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a must-see for any visitor to Poland. You can also do it VERY economically . Catch a bus from the bus station (they run every 20 minutes or so) and the trip takes about 2 hours. Cost is about $4, one way. Admission to the museums is free but I highly recommend using an official guide. Ours was... More

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Perth
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124 reviews 124 reviews
43 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

OMG we must preserve this place to ensure we NEVER let this happen again. It is such an emotional place you can only experience it by being there. Please do not miss this place

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grantham
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place is upsetting but you must see so that it can be never forgotten, very well done and our guide spoke very good English

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Ogden, UT
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87 reviews 87 reviews
49 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Not sure I can say I enjoyed this visit, because it was really not so much fun as eye opening. The tour, moving and brought me almost to tears seeing the collections, especially the things that the Nazis stole from prisoners, and especially the hair. It was very difficult. Seeing the remains of the crematorium was also emotional. Very much... More

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Maidstone
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Better men than me have tried to put into words the the experience of the Auschwitz death camps, but until you have actually visited them that you could get some tiny understanding of what happened there, the shear scale of the murder that was committed here is incomprehensible, but you may be allowed to imagine that death was a preferred... More

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stanwood, wa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was the most profound part of our trip to Europe. Nothing really prepares you for the actual experience of walking into the one remaining gas chamber or standing next to the rail car where the life or death selection process took place. You can take a bus from Krakow on your own, but get a tour guide when there.... More

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Palermo, Italy
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A very sad trip in one of the saddest pages of human history. Absolutely to be done in order to save the memory of what it happened.

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Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very nice tour, the earphone are a real joy to keep in touch with the guide even 20 meters away from him/her. The visit is made through a lot of different buildings. Everything is explain and the guide put a touch of human way and add some details that you might not read anywhere else.

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England
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202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I found this review very difficult to write but reading previous reports helped. I was also cajoled by my other half into going and was not sorry that I had gone. There is no doubt that hideous crimes were carried out here by vile people but visiting this place in large groups on a busy day somehow takes something away.... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Auschwitz is a place where a visitor goes through a wide range of human emotions in a very short time. Terror, overwhelming sadness, relief and even joy and beauty are present here. It's one of the most important historical places of our time. The reasons for it's infamy need not to be recounted here (I hope), but I honestly believe... More

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