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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
+48 33 844 80 99
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Reviewed yesterday

We decided to make our own way here. A word of warning – give yourself plenty of time. It took longer than we thought to get there and we had to build in a lot of buffer time. If you’re last to arrive on the...More

Thank travelflee
Reviewed yesterday

U can't visit Krakow and not go here... massively important to the history of Poland.. such a sad, eery place and it makes you realise how lucky u are. U don't realise the extend of the horror that took place here until you have been....More

Thank SarahandNeil1803
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to both camps. What a terrible place it is.(food for thought). We went on a tour which is good but they walked a bit too fast for older legs. It wold have been nice to sit and digest what terrible things went on...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed yesterday

Of course you must visit Auschwitz and Birkenau. It is possible to visit without a guide, but the expert guides do point out things you would be unlikely to find on your own - and they are not too long or stretched out. Our guide,...More

Thank chymor
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was an absolutely heart rendering experience and had me in tears very quickly after entering some of the exhibitions. We had a tour, and our very glad we did, as he was very knowledgeable and was an all round excellent tour. I believe that...More

Thank Skyecollett
Reviewed 3 days ago

We travelled as an independent couple by public bus from Krakow bus station. We did not wish to be part of a regimented tour, preferring to find our own way round the Auschwitz museum and Birkenau site using the excellent pocket guide on sale at...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited museum 15yrs earlier without a guide. So this time going there with our 14yrs old son we decided to take a guided tour thinking it will give him the best chance to get facts and details about the place. The tour was planned...More

Thank Kel1780
Reviewed 4 days ago

Auschwitz was my second camp to visit, I had visited Madjanek a few days before. This place is massive and depressing, to learn all that took place and hear the stories while walking around both 1 and 2 is just chilling to the bone. Please...More

Thank KhrizJustTravels
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There is no point to try to explain what these camps make you feel, because it's very personal. But what I am sure about is that they will make you think. As it is written on the wall of one of the blocks "Those who...More

Thank Vasilka T
Reviewed 6 days ago

First of all it's worth saying that you really need to book tickets to visit before you go. There may be some available on the day but best to book, and get a time that suits in a language that suits. We travelled by private...More

1  Thank russellhp
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Ronnie K
December 13, 2017|
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Response from unkybuck | Reviewed this property |
definately take a tour packag. we used "krakow shuttle" the same service that we did our airport transfers with . they pick you up at your apartment . give you a packed lunch and arrange your on site guides all included in... More
November 19, 2017|
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Response from OoohAhCantona | Reviewed this property |
Camera’s are allowed in the museum however there are a few locations specifically marked where photos are not allowed to be taken.
November 18, 2017|
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Response from quiller003 | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer whether the tours operate - you should be able to check that online. Poland can get very cold in winter, with night-time temps below freezing. But even in September when I went, I found Birkenau in particular... More