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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Address: ul. Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim, Poland
Phone Number: +48 33 843 21 33
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Established by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

A must to visit these sites of evil, to keep remembering the horrors that took place there. Especially important to visit for todays youth, who may not have had any first hand information given to them from older family members or others. NOT suitable for young children, as the impressions are very strong and could be too much to take... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We pre-booked online before we visited Krakow so got picked up from our hotel and taken along with about 11 other people to the site. We were assigned a guide who's name i cannot remember but she was excellent and really made you aware of everything that went off here. She went into great detail and was really passionate about... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

A powerful, somber testament to the horrors of the past. The visit is haunting, even heartbreaking but still a definite must see. The most powerful and memorable site i have visited in Europe.

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Western Norway, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We agree with Tim T,- "Go by yourself" although we had our own guide on our tour. The guided tour was OK but most of the places were filled with tourgroups and on our own we could have avoided the most cramped places and studied the infos in our own pace. It is a sad place to visit but it... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Could not fault this. Booked the small group & were lucky to have only my husband, myself & 2 others on our tour . The driver was on time and well informed but have to commend our English speaking guide Monica who was so passionate and able to answer any question. Monica has grown up in the area & her... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

What a day. The horrors that went on here and unimaginable. Had a fantastic tour guide who explained in detail what went on and was happy to answer any questions we had. The time given was just right and there were plenty of opportunities for photographs.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

My Husband and I have just come back from a weekend break to Kraków and one of the main reasons for the trip was to hold to Auschwitz. We booked the tour with ' See Krakow' and it was so professional and so sensitive for something that was so emotional. Our tour guide was Maria who I believe had worked... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

In our opinion if visiting Krakow this is a place not too miss, we booked through a tour agent and found the whole experience to be a meaningful and memorable and unforgetable experience. the journey from our hotel was 1.45 mins , we had an english speaking guide who was excellent , the way she conducted the tour with empathy... More 

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essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Went on a booked tour with Cracow tours.we were picks up from our hotel and taken by mini bus to pick up a coach. The journey to Auschwitz included a video that was informative and Set the scene for what was to come. We were given a guided tour by a knowledgeable English speaking guide. You cannot help but be... More 

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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

If you're in Krakow, I highly recommend going to see Auschwitz. Simply go to the bus station right behind the main train station, and look for mini-buses with signs listed as "Oswiecim" which is the Polish name of the town. There's usually a bus every 20 minutes. Takes around 1h 40min to get there, and it's a 5 minute walk... More 

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