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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
+48 33 844 80 99
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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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Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
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Reviewed today

Our family (incl 11 and 13 year old) all agreed this is an absolute must see for anyone who has an opportunity to go. To educate our children, and to enhance our own understanding of these atrocities makes the trip a simple decision to include...More

Thank Ian R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Auschwitz-Birkenau. Harrowing especially if you are a student of WWII history as I've been all my life. Birkenau is where the majority of murders took place but the place to start is Auschwitz 1. The old camp blocks have been converted into museums bearing photographs...More

Thank Peter N
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is very good place to see. It's good for everyone to see because there you can see how cruel human being can be. It makes you think what there was in 1940.

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Reviewed yesterday

There is not much to say here as this infamous location is well known on its own. This is a must-see destination for anyone interested in World War 2 or military history in general. Even if you aren't interested in those things in general, it...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you have any physical disability or especially if you rely on wheelchairs or mobility scooters, this place is an absolute no go. But they won't make you aware of this or offer to help in any way or even reimburse tour prices paid. Their...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

There are no words to describe the feelings you will encounter. We did not have a tour guide and were able to learn tons of information through various signs and posters. Standing in the buildings where there was unspeakable tragedies touches your soul deep within....More

1  Thank idealden
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is very sad visiting this place but it is a must see. Our guide spoke perfect English. Very well kept and even the air feels heavy.

Thank Jerushia S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had thought I didn't really need to see it, because I've read all about it, seen the documentaries and films etc... wrong!.. I knew that we couldn't go to Krakow and not go. It had to be done and I'm so glad I went....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on tour operating out of Katowice which cost us 150pzl. Each. Included was auschwitz one followed by birkenau. Both were extremely moving and should be visited by everyone.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

About getting there, we had to ask around for pieces of info, before getting a city bus. We spoke to the driver beforehand to stop at Auschwitz. The remaining passengers all missed the stop, and had to talk to the driver again before he let...More

Thank JF F
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MangoYogurt123
July 11, 2018|
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Response from Joey N | Reviewed this property |
Yeah as Auschwitz 2 is massive but few things to see as recommended u stay longer at Auschwitz 1 and see as much as u can as there’s more detail information at camp 1. There’s little in camp 2 as just go see the building... More
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Nicole2701
July 8, 2018|
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Response from Yviewalker123 | Reviewed this property |
It was 30 degrees last week when we were there, sure a skirt is ok, and a top of some sort, didn't look as if there was a dress code, but nothing outrageous.
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Nicole2701
July 8, 2018|
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Response from Marko M | Reviewed this property |
Hm.. something apropriate would be nice. Id think in this way - if its aproppiate for a visit to a church, then it should be ok for here. A hat is essential in my oppinion, as is some water..in a backpack or... More
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