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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau

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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...more
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ul. Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20 | Entrance to the Museum is located at Stanisławy Leszczyńskiej Str. no. 11, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
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I expected to be somewhat saddened by this experience. As it turned out I was more angered by it. I found the history enlightening and no doubt it will give me many hours of contemplation over the depths of man's evil, but I was repulsed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This concentracion camp monument its a place must been seen to be able to understand to what extent people can hurt other people.Advise is to be seen during the winter .The reason for this is just to get a small idea how the prisoners were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There are very few words to describe the heartbreaking and bleak atmosphere of Auschwitz-Birkenau. I went with an organised tour which I regret as I’d have preferred time on my own to reflect, if you travel as a group you will be put into a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

You need to visit this place if you're in Europe, easily accessible by tours at the very least. If you're a photography enthusiast, go early in the morning to catch the fog setting. Tip: Do not bring a bag bigger than the size of a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DougChan
Reviewed 3 days ago

The trip to Auschwitz was very thought provoking and also something that I will always remember and it was a very moving experience. Very sad . salt mines were interesting

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BlackpoolSusanna
Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited here on Thursday 5th December. We booked through VisitBus (please see separate review - a company I would highly recommend). This is somewhere I have always wanted to visit since school and though I have marked this as 5 stars this is based...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Molly S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Auschwitz - It’s one of those places you can’t really say you enjoyed the visit but it’s such an important part of history not to be forgotten. It’s just mind blowing the shear scale of events. Yeah you may have done a bit about it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank S13_dan
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you are in Krakow or Katowice then visiting Auschwitz/Birkenau is something you must do. The historic site is easy to reach from Krakow, either bus or train and is equally interesting doing it with or without a tour guide. We elected not to use...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I think everyone should visit to learn from the mistakes of the past. The guides are very good at explaining what went on here but I couldn't help feeling that the site is a victim of its own success in that it is very busy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cadsofdevon
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the other main camp with the two storey buildings made of brick, the prisoners here worked at the IG Farben factory nearby. Later on some of the workers (usually criminals not jews) were given certain liberties for hard work, a brothel was opened...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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garfieldWales
December 4, 2018|
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Response from eric_draven1990 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. Not a problem.
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Lynn C
November 6, 2018|
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Response from SDA1892 | Reviewed this property |
We did the 3.5 hour tour and found that just about right given the additional travel to and from krakow, all depends where you are staying. It wasn’t rushed and very informative
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November 2, 2018|
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Response from rts96 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely Krakow is the best place to stay, and normally it’s only about an hour and a half to Auschwitz but with the recent construction it may take you a bit over two hours. Krakow is a lovely city with much to offer... More
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leanneonline
Singapore, Singapore
5 days in Poland (2 Replies)
I’m looking to go to away for 5 days in July on a mother daughter break. We want to go to Krakow for a few days and visit Auschwitz - we know that for definite but not sure what to do with the rest of the time. I’ve read a lot online about trips to Warsaw, Zakopane or even Gdansk. We are open to train, bus or even plane travel if it’s worth it. We are leisurely tourists who like exploring old towns and cities, visiting the sites, trying new restaurants etc.... Not really into hiking or...More
February 26, 2018|
Response fromJonDoe04134|
You won't find anything as beautiful as Bruges in Poland, but the closest you can get is Gdańsk. However, I'm not sure if it would make sense to split your 5 days between places on two different sides of the country. Check out Wrocław, maybe this would be a good alternative. The only merit of Zakopane is its proximity to the mountains, so it's rather pointless if you're not interested in hiking.
MartinRyder
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Dear All I am in the process of trying to book a day tour to Auschwitz and the Salt mine from Krakow. I have seen that on many of the less well reviewed companies that they are hugely inflated with false single contributor reviews. Genuine reviews are always obvious to me in there content and volume so can I ask, can anyone give a genuine recommendation on here please? Thank you.
January 08, 2012|
Response fromianmac11|
I used cracowcitytours.com for a trip to the salt mines and found them to be excellent Sebastian our tour guide was very good and spoke good English have a look at there website.
Stuart M
Auschwitz sold out (3 Replies)
Hi, I didn’t know you had to book Auschwitz in advance as last time I looked into it you didn’t. I have just attempted to book it however the only availability left for an independent tour or an English tour is the day my wife and I fly out at 12pm on the 14th of June. We arrive in Krakow tomorrow the 10th of June. We are traveling to Krakow for Auschwitz. Can anyone please advise on how we can still visit Auschwitz? Look forward to hearing from you someone!!
June 09, 2018|
Response fromchristinemurphy2016|
Stuart..I have just had a tour with Phil Clark from Krakow tours. . Amazing tour guide..I know he has bookings this week but its worth a shot dropping him an email..Just search Krakowtours uk. or you will find him on the forum under Phil C good look.