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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN 155.00 PLN / person

Tour summary

The tour of the Museum, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, comprises both parts of the former concentration camp - Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau - and a documentary film presenting the first moments after the camp was liberated.

The Auschwitz camp has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940 in the suburbs of the city of Auschwitz, which was integrated into the Third Reich. The direct reason for the establishment of the camp was the growing number of mass arrests of Poles and overcrowding of the existing prisons. Initially, it was supposed to be another concentration camp created by the Nazis from the beginning of the 1930s. That was the function of Auschwitz for the entire period of its existence, even when, from 1942, it became one of the centres for"Endlösung der Judenfrage" ("the final solution of the Jewish issue") at the same time - the Nazi plan to murder the Jews living in the territories occupied by the Third Reich.

The Auschwitz camp, until the end of its existence, was first and foremost a place of extermination. Even if from 1943 mortality was reduced in other camps to conserve manpower, in Auschwitz, to which continually new shipments were coming - mostly of Jews - to supply the camp labour, human life never meant too much.
Historians estimate that in less than five years of the camp's existence 1-1.5 million people were killed in Auschwitz, most of them - approximately 1-1.35 million - were Jews. The second most numerous group were Poles (approx. 70,000-75,000), the third - Gypsies (approx. 20,000). Approximately 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and 10,000-15,000 prisoners of other nationalities (including Czechs, Belarusians, Yugoslavs, French, Germans and Austrians) were also killed in the camp.

Due to the role that Auschwitz played in the implementation of the Nazi extermination plans, it has become a world-famous symbol of the Nazi genocide, in particular the destruction of the Jews.
In the Auschwitz I camp the Nazis established the first camp for men and women; it was the place where the first experiments of killing using Zyklon B took place, the first mass transports of Jews were being murdered, the first criminal experiments on prisoners were conducted, and the majority of executions by shooting were performed. It was there, in block 11, where the central detention camp for prisoners from all parts of the camp was housed, as well as the main camp commandant office and most other SS offices. The camp authorities supervised further expansion of the camp from there.

In the Birkenau camp the Nazis built most devices of mass destruction, with which about 1 million Jews were murdered. At the same time, Birkenau was the largest concentration camp (nearly 300 primitive, mostly wooden barracks), where in 1944 there were over 100,000 prisoners: Jews, Poles, Romani, and others. Today, on the area of approx. 200 hectares you can see preserved ruins of the gas chambers and places filled with human ashes, primitive barracks for prisoners and miles of the camp fence and roads.

Important information

The price includes: tour guide assistance, documentary film, guided tour around Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, headphones, transportation.

The tour begins at our main point - the bus park at 11 Powiśle Street (ul. Powiśle 11), situated on the opposite side of the Sheraton Hotel. Departures from the particular hotels in Kraków are held proportionately earlier - see details.
When departing from the particular hotels, customers are asked to wait for our guide at the reception, 5 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.
In the case of departure from our main point - please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.

Duration time: 8 hours

The tour takes approx. 3.5 hours. There is a 15-minute break during the tour, we recommend taking something to eat.

Frequency
English:
January - December:
daily at 8.45am

June - August: TUE, THU, SAT at 3.15pm

Italian:
August:
 TUE, THU, SAT at 3.15am

Spanish:
June - August:
 TUE, THU, SAT at 3.15pm


Additional information

Photography and filming on the Museum grounds is permitted exclusively for private, personal use.
The imperative of preserving the historical authenticity of the Museum may make it difficult for people with disabilities to move around the grounds and buildings. Wheelchairs are available at the Visitor Service Centre - reservation in advance is required.
Persons under the influence of alcohol or any other substance are prohibited from entering the Museum grounds.
Large items of baggage or backpacks are not permitted on the Museum grounds. Baggage storage is available for a fee in the Visitor Service Centre. The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau does not exceed dimensions: 30x20x10 cm.

 

Information

Private tour available SPECIAL PRICES FOR STUDENTS 120.00 PLN
155 PLN

Availability

08:45 AM   Daily   1 Apr 2017 - 31 Jan 2018
Excluded dates: 16 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017, 24 Apr 2017, 25 Apr 2017, 25 Dec 2017, 1 Jan 2018
08:45 AM   SUN   30 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
03:15 PM   TUE, THU, SAT   1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017

Estimated time

8:0 hours

Individuals

Adult
from 155 zł
Student
from 120 zł
Child
from 80 zł
Baby
free

Groups

Baby
free
155 PLN

Availability

08:45 AM   Daily   1 Apr 2017 - 31 Jan 2018
Excluded dates: 16 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017, 24 Apr 2017, 25 Apr 2017, 25 Dec 2017, 1 Jan 2018

Estimated time

8:0 hours

Individuals

Adult
from 155 zł
Student
from 120 zł
Child
from 80 zł
Baby
free

Groups

Baby
free
155 PLN

Availability

03:15 PM   TUE, THU, SAT   1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017

Estimated time

8:0 hours

Individuals

Adult
from 155 zł
Student
from 120 zł
Child
from 80 zł
Baby
free

Groups

Baby
free
155 PLN

Availability

03:15 PM   TUE, THU, SAT   1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017

Estimated time

8:0 hours

Individuals

Adult
from 155 zł
Student
from 120 zł
Child
from 80 zł
Baby
free

Groups

Baby
free
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5/5

With this mail I would like to express my sincere appreciation of the great job Cracow Tours did in the tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau on 18 October. Your colleague Evelina did a great job in taking care of me and all other people on this trip. Also the local guide in Auschwitz (sorry I never catched her name) also did a magnificent job.

Sven-Eric

4/5

I did the Auschwitz and Birkenau Tour today with my husband. Picked up from Hotel by tour bus on time. Arrived at Auschwitz an hour later. Our Polish English speaking guide was very knowledgeable and guided us respectfully around the Concentration and Death camp. So moving and quite upsetting at times when shown and told of what went on there. Next was Birkenau, and this camp had the same effect on us. A must for everyone, this shouldn't be forgotten. Well run tour, good time allowed. Slight difficulty understanding our guides English at times, but otherwise an excellent tour.

Megan G
Traralgon, Australia - posted on Tripadvisor.com
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