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  1. Poland
  2. Lesser Poland
  3. Krakow
  4. Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

From Krakow: Auschwitz II Birkenau Camp Extended Tour

Product ID: 190322
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Visit the 'Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths' Exhibition with an English-speaking guide. An exhibition of drawings by Marian Kołodziej, a former prisoner of KL Auschwitz, number 432. Explore Auschwitz II Birkenau Camp on your own.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Booklets
English

Pick-up service

Exact pickup point and pickup time will be confirmed in a separate confirmation message before the tour date (to the email provided upon booking).
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the life of prisoners through their own eyes
  • Visit the 'Negatives of Memory. Labyrinths' Exhibition with an English-speaking guide
  • Explore Auschwitz II Birkenau Camp on your own
  • Take time to view exhibitions, read and study displays, contemplate, and pay respects to the victims
  • Spend around 3.5 hours exploring the Exhibition and Birkenau Camp
Full description
Auschwitz I was originally established on 14 June 1940 when 728 prisoners, mostly Polish political prisoners from Tarnów prison, were transported to the location where the remaining Polish Army barracks were used to create a concentration camp. At first the transported prisoners were Poles; later, however, many prisoners of other nationalities were also sent to the camp. The camp was in need of constant expansion due to the lack of space for those still to be imprisoned. From 1941, a huge sub camp started to be erected on the lands of nearby villages. From 1942 onwards, the vast majority of those imprisoned and murdered in Auschwitz Birkenau were Jews. Birkenau became the center of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question.

An exhibition entitled 'Negatives of memory. Labyrinths' is located in the lower storey of the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Harmęże. It is an exhibition of drawings by Marian Kołodziej, a former prisoner of KL Auschwitz, number 432, who arrived at the camp in the first transport. Besides their undeniable artistic value, the drawings are also the testimony of a victim and eyewitness of the monstrosity. The exhibition presents an artistic vision of camp life and its brutality, starvation, terror, and – among all of that – glances of hope, such as the heroic figure of Saint Maksymilian Maria Kolbe, who was the spiritual patron of the artist.

During the trip to Harmęże, your English-speaking tour leader will give you a short introduction about the history of the camp and tour programme, and you will also watch a film based on former prisoners' testimonials. A guided tour in English is included at the 'Negatives of memory. Labyrinths' exhibition.

After visiting the exhibition the same bus will take you to Auschwitz II Birkenau Camp where you will have about 90 minutes to explore the larger of both Camps on your own. The whole tour lasts up to 8 hours, during which you will spend around 3.5 hours exploring both the exhibition and Birkenau Camp. Please do remember that visit to Auschwitz I Camp is not included. After your arrival back in Kraków, you will be dropped off at your pickup point.
Includes
  • Return (round-trip) transportation from Krakow
  • Guided tour in English and entrance tickets to 'Negatives of memory. Labyrinths' exhibition
  • Informational booklets in English
  • Tour Leader assistance
  • Visit to the most important parts of Auschwitz II (Birkenau) Camp
  • Short breaks (10-20 minutes)
  • Lunchbox (sandwich, fruit, and water bottle) and lunch break
What’s Not Included
  • Visit to Auschwitz I Camp
  • Live Guide during the visit to Auschwitz II Birkenau Camp

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Pickup service is provided from selected hotels in Krakow city center
• The supplier will get in touch with you regarding the exact time and place of the pickup
• Bringing luggage to the camp is not allowed with the exception of hand baggage. Hand baggage is considered to be luggage of maximum dimensions 30cm x 20cm x 10cm
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Product ID: 190322