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With the world distracted by war, the Nazis brutally reshaped the demographics of Europe in the south of Poland. The harrowing truth wasn't revealed until far too late, but here are a few of the many things you'll learn on your tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Auschwitz-Birkenau – or Auschwitz II – was used as a death camp from 1942, primarily for Jews. Auschwitz I had already been holding Polish political prisoners for two years.
There was a third camp too. Monowitz – or Auschwitz III – was set up to provide slave labor for IG Farben. The Allies dissolved the chemical company the war.
90% were Jews, but thousands of Poles, Romani, Soviets, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals also died at Auschwitz. As did prisoners from other nationalities.
Not even most Germans knew what was happening at the camps. Arrivals were met with the slogan "Work sets you free." In hindsight it's hard to say how convincing that actually was.
Disguised as a farmer in Gottrupel, Rudolf Höss evaded capture for a year after the war. In spite of his expressed remorsed, he was hung outside the camp's crematorium in 1947.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is open daily from 8am except for January 1st, December 25th, and Easter Sunday. It closes at 3pm from December to February, 4pm in March and November, 5pm in April and October, 6pm in May and September, and 7pm from June to August. The site can be accessed for free but it is advisable to take a tour. If you decide to do so, book your tickets in advance. The best ones fill up very quickly!
The easiest way is simply to book an all-in-one tour that leaves from the city. Alternatively, inexpensive buses frequently leave from the basement floor of Krakow's main bus station. You can also take a train to the nearby town of Oświęcim.
Krakow is a wonderful city with a great deal of attraction to please tourists. Though Auschwitz may be an essential part of your trip, it can be emotionally overwhelming. We recommend that you leave it till last.
- When should I visit?
Hours vary based on time of year:
7:30 AM-2:00 PM, December
7:30 AM-3:00 PM, January, November
7:30 AM-4:00 PM, February
7:30 AM-5:00 PM, March, October
7:30 AM-6:00 PM, April, May, September
7:30 AM-7:00 PM, June, July, August
Holiday hours may vary
- Is it expensive?
- Basic entrance is free, but it is highly recommended take a tour which will have a cost depending on which one you choose.
- Will I need a guide?
- It's not required but highly recommended. Best to book in advance online!
- How to get there
- There are direct buses from Krakow. Alternatively, take the train to Oświęcim and then hop on local bus to the site.
- Additional information
- Not recommended for children under 14.
What people are saying about Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Auschwitz and Birkenau: easy place to meet for the mini coach in Krakow Centre where an English speaking guide (Floriano) met us with confidence and gave us a language sticker to identify us. All the way to Audchwitz, he pointed out historical landscapes and gave a new insight into why they were there! He was very timely and organised, polite and handed us over to the official guides at the venues. Most certainly the best organised trip in Poland I've been on!
It's really hard even writing this review. I knew about the events that took place here before going but I had no idea of the actual scale of the place. I would recommend 2 days as birkenau is a massive site. It is worth the visit but be prepared as its extremely hard to visit. I'm a relatively big guy and even I cried walking round at the horrors that took place here.
Good but timing can be better : leaving Krakow at 12H05 makes return at 19H30 certainly when then some people are missing at the time of return at the bus missing point. Being more strict would behelpfull.
Auswitch and Birkenau. It was a touching experience. Paul, the driver, told us a lot about history, very interesting. We had a little book explaining the place as well as the guide.
Perfect choice for everyone who wants to save time and visit both places. Guides, transportation, and all other service were worth every unit of money we have spent.