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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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The experience life changing and can't really be described from the severity of everything. So I'll explain the actual museum/tour side of things. GET THERE EARILY!! We had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The experience life changing and can't really be described from the severity of everything. So I'll explain the actual museum/tour side of things. GET THERE EARILY!! We had a reservation for 10:15am. We got there over 1 hour early and it wasn't enough. The lines are unorganized and not categories by reservation time. We had tickets and a reservation and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We had planned to take the public bus and get a guide when we got to Auschwitz. I thought Auschwitz was a place that I would like to be on a tour instead of just visiting on my own. Also, during the busy season you need to use a tour guide if you arrive after 10:00 am. You also need... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Very hard to grasp the horrible things man can do to each other - but this is historical proof that there are no limits to how cruel people can be. Very powerful experience and one I will not soon forget. A visit to Auschwitz is a must-do if you are every visiting Krakow or the surrounding area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Starting in Auschwitz 1 you see all the details of what happened, but I wasn't ready for the sheer size of Birkenau and the industrialization of death that they were carrying out. You study these things and think you know about what happened, but to stand where it happened and to see the scale made it much more impactful for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I would say that, although this was very harrowing to visit , this is an essential,thing to do if you visit Kraków. You can get a train and bus to the site but I would recommend booking your tickets before travelling as this is a very busy place. The tour is in two parts as a separate site had to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

very difficult emotional experience. whether you feel connected to the holocaust or not, be prepared to see some raw and difficult pieces of history and torture here. bring a tissue

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This was on our bucket list, and the world should not forget. Make sure you book you guide online and be ready for some walking (It took us with the guide 5 hours)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We booked a tour for 12.30. Bus transport to Auschwitz was a air conditioned coach which was refreshing for the hot day ahead. Our a tour guide was really good and informative. You can't imagine what happened and seeing some of the exhibits such as prosthetic legs is moving, the sheer scale of how many people died is breathtaking. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A place everybody should visit in his life.. Very sad and depressive. I´ve visited this place in autumn, it was raining and the wind blew.. But there were loads of tourists making pictures and I felt like they were dehonestating the place..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I felt I had to write a review about Auschwitz as it was the main destination of my trip and I felt it was somewhere I ought to see first hand as the horrors are more or less of my era. When I arrived for my early booking slot the place was heaving with people and I felt as though... More 

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Address: ul. Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim, Poland
Phone Number: +48 33 843 21 33
Location: Europe  >  Poland  >  Southern Poland  >  Lesser Poland Province  >  Oswiecim
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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