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From Krakow: Guided Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour

Activity provider: Discover Cracow

From Krakow: Guided Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour

Activity provider: Discover Cracow
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Go on a day trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial museum. Learn the history from an informative tour guide, the exhibits, and the documents. Have your tickets and transportation organized for you.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Duration 7 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian
Optional audio guide
English
Pickup optional
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the somber memorial at Auschwitz Birkenau
  • Learn the history from your informative guide
  • Step inside memorials and exhibits to help understand the camp
  • Visit the museum's buildings and the vast open-air concentration camp
  • See the personal belongings of the camp prisoners
Full description

Auschwitz Birkenau is one of the most important and recognizable places in the world. This place is proof of what one human being can do to another. With an English-speaking driver, get picked up from a chosen location and enjoy a comfortable bus to the city of Oświęcim, where the Auschwitz 1 death camp was located.

When you arrive, you will first meet your official museum guide. He will tell you about the rules of the tour and after you go through security gates, similar to those at the airport, you will receive headphones and a receiver set, so you can listen to the guide's stories, who will speak into the microphone. The tour begins at the legendary gate "Arbeit Mach Frei". The place where murderous and destructive work was performed by prisoners. The sightseeing route leads through all the most important barracks, which are dedicated to specific topics, such as daily life, work, selection, and extermination.

There is an original exhibition in each of the barracks. Original and stolen belongings of prisoners, such as suitcases, glasses, or children's toys, all this, combined with the guide's story, makes you think and does not allow you to pass by indifferently over this exhibition.

The last, but also the most dramatic place on the Auschwitz 1 route is the gas chamber and the place where the corpses of prisoners were burnt. This place and its silence is just terrifying. After visiting the first part of the camp (Auschwitz 1), there will be a short break (about 15 minutes).

Board the bus to the second part of the camp called Auschwitz II (Birkenau). The ride takes 10 minutes and you will join the same guide you already know on site. Visiting the second part of the camp will take about 1 hour.

Auschwitz II Birkenau is an open space and a place that shows in its vastness the scale of the crime that happened here. Gas and cremator chambers were located here, where thousands of people were murdered. You will see the place where the selection was made, the so-called ramp.

It was here that the decision about life or death was made. In Birkenau, you have to walk about 1 km so you should wear comfortable shoes. After the sightseeing and a short break, you will return to the driver who will take you back to Krakow.

Includes
  • Transfer by air-conditioned bus
  • Licensed guide
  • All fees and tickets
  • Meeting point pickup (if option selected)
  • Tips
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (unless option selected)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • As per the requirements of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, all participants are required to provide their full name and contact details as part of the booking
  • Entrance may be refused if the name provided on the booking is not identical to the name on the ID provided when entering
  • Owing to the requirements, all tickets to the museum are non-refundable. Please consider your purchase carefully
  • The pace and duration of the tours are determined by the memorial's visitor service. Unfortunately, GetYourGuide and your guide have no influence on the duration of the break times
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 642 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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I was picked up by a nice english speaking driver. We were dropped off at Auschwitz and there a guide took us to Auschwitz and Birkenau. You were given headphones so that you could hear the guide well even if you had left something behind. Impressive excursion. Afterwards we were dropped off safely at our hotels or elsewhere in the city if desired.

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July 23, 2022

Mini bus trip from Krakow to Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration camps. Upsetting to hear all about the atrocities that took place here but the tours were conducted by an English speaking tour guide in a sympathetic way. It’s something that should never be forgotten or repeated. Given the opportunity to use toilets at both camps, though you need cash or card to pay for Birkenau’s facilities. Fair bit of walking in the summer heat so wear a hat and bring plenty of fluids to drink.

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July 12, 2022

everything was fine except by the fact that we had the tour booked for 8:00am and we were called the previous day to let us know that they moved the tour to 7:30am leaving Krakow at 6:00am. luckily for us we were in Krakow already, but maybe someone having a non-flexible schedule could be compromised

May 30, 2022

Product ID: 17134