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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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Established by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of...

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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A must visit when in Krakow

The guide we had (arranged through Krakow-Direct) was truly excellent. It's a chilling place, I went with so many questions and as each was answered it through up so many more. It... read more

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The guide we had (arranged through Krakow-Direct) was truly excellent. It's a chilling place, I went with so many questions and as each was answered it through up so many more. It is unbelievable that human beings were put through what we saw/learnt. History books only show you so much, to actually walk in these people's paths was very moving... More 

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cottingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm 48 and did all about the history at school, seen many pics films etc but to see it for real and walk the same steps and touch the same things they touched or walked is chilling, Auschwitz and Auschwitz ll -Birkenau, you have to see both, my wife was in tears,

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Thank john s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We paid for a guided tour from Krakow. It is most definetly worth visiting, but if you want to take your time, and not rush through the exhibitions within 2,5hours, I recommend you go on your own. Ofcourse you have to keep it up when there is a group of 20-30 people, but that kinda ruined our whole experience.

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Thank 687fannyh
Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think in your head you know what happened here, but its not till you walk around and see for yourself that you realise the sheer scale of it. Its a very moving and eye opening trip.

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Hurworth-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A breathtaking experience that I am very glad I participated in. It is so hard to imagine, even being guided through both Auschwitz and Birkenau the conditions and living hell individuals faced on a daily basis. Our guide was very knowledgable and answered any questions the group had. Although for the most part non of spoke during the tour. It... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We all know or at least have heard about the history behind this place. It' s not beautiful, not happy, not relaxing. It's a reminder of the terrible things human beings are able to do. It's a history lesson, but also a place that provides a lot of food for thought.

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Thank Luobota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A place everyone should visit, my second time here and still as interesting. So much history and information to take in. Advisable to take a guided tour as they are very informative. Lots of walking if you visit both camps so bare that in mind

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Thank Jack R
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

- We were picked up from our hotel - An insightful documentary was played for the entire trip travelling to Auschwitz - Our tour guide spoke clearly, was highly informative and repeated facts to emphasise the extent at which the world has been affected by this tragedy - The experience was surreal and unbelievable

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Thank Lacachos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A truly humbling experience and somewhere everyone should visit once in their lives. Be prepared to shed tears at the sheer incomprehensible atrocities committed. Tour guide was amazing and sensitive and would recommend using one

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very emotional yet educational, very moving tour steeped wth history & atompsher to coincide but lifetime experience!

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