Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour
Experience the important Holocaust sites of Auschwitz and Birkenau, and see first-hand the camps where more than a million people were exterminated during the Third Reich. Knowledgeable local guides will take you on tours of both sites.
- Starting point: We meet at Plac Matejki 2 (Matejki Square 2). Heading from the city center, the bus stop and the office are on your right-hand side. The office is marked with the Cracow City Tours logo - you can't miss it. This is the only meeting point, there is no hotel pick-up. From the meeting point we go straight to the tour destination.
- Start time: 08:00, 09:00, 13:15
- Duration: 6.5 hours
- Languages: English
Learn about the historical and political background of the creation of the Auschwitz camp
Visit the prison blocks, gas chambers, and crematorium at Auschwitz
The camp at Auschwitz was set up by the Nazis on the outskirts of Oświęcim, Poland in 1940. Built for the Third Reich, the camp was established to address the growing number of mass arrests of Poles and overcrowding in existing prisons. Initially the camp was to follow the model of others created by the Nazis in the 1930s. In 1942, however, it became the center for the Endlösung der Judenfrage, or the Final Solution, which was the Nazi plan to exterminate Jews from all Third Reich territories.
Your experienced local guide will take you on tours of both Auschwitz and Birkenau. This will give you a better understanding of the Holocaust and Nazi crimes against the Poles, Gypsies, Jews, and many others.
You’ll learn about the historical and political background behind the creation of the camp at Auschwitz as you visit the prison blocks, gas chambers, and crematorium.
• Courier (tour leader)
• Local English-speaking guide
• Headphone rental (not an audio-guide)
What's Not Included:
Good to Know:
You are allowed to take photographs but please do NOT use a flash inside the blocks.
Short breaks (10-15 minutes) during the visit will give to time to relax, smoke a cigarette (do NOT smoke inside the museum), or buy a book in the store.
You will be accompanied by an English-speaking tour leader.
English tour: Daily at 09:00
If your tour is not in English, please make sure you made the reservation for the correct day.
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Reviewed by Yvonne from Edinburgh, United Kingdom on February 2nd, 2014 Great guide on the bus and at the museum
“A must for everyone!”
Reviewed by Michael from Bruessel, Belgium on May 12th, 2013 although we faced many problems with the audio-equipment (technical problems beyond the control of the guide) the tour was well done and planned. the guide was very knowledgeable and managed to strengthen the visual impressions with real examples from the past which further underlined this horrific period in our history. everyone, young and old, should see this in order to be reminded about what humans are able to do to each other and to remind us to be cautious that this will not happen again!!!
“An excellent tour.”
Reviewed by Martin from Birmingham, United Kingdom on October 8th, 2012 An excellent tour.
“Perfectly organized tour, and a very friendly guide”
Reviewed by Oliver from Fellbach, Germany on September 16th, 2012 Despite the miserable rainy weather our visit to the former concentration camp Auschwitz and, later on, Birkenau, was perfectly organized, and the German-speaking tour guide was open to all questions. It wasn't a problem that we only spent an hour in Birkenau, since most of the barracks there are dismantled, and there are only a few prominent things to see there.
“Everything was perfect”
Reviewed by Silvia from Rome, Italy on September 16th, 2012 Our guide spoke a fluent Italian and she had a perfect knowledge of Auschwitz and Birkenau. The transportation was in a modern and comfortable bus and everything was arranged to perfection.
“Great tour guide”
Reviewed by Franz from Rhede, Germany on September 11th, 2012 The guide was simply excellent, and did a great job of describing Auschwitz and Birkenau to us. He was a history teacher, and spoke German very well. It was also a plus that our German group was small (6 people). After the tour all of us were deeply moved, and on the bus ride back to Krakow there was silence. I'd recommend that everyone take a tour like this one of Auschwitz.
“couldn't take the tour in German!”
Reviewed by Helmut from Bad Herrenalb, Germany on July 16th, 2012 I'd booked the German-language tour. I then found out that that wouldn't be possible. I'm of the opinion that if you offer the tour in German for the day I've booked then it should be possible to have it. Thankfully my English is good enough that I was able to understand all of the explanations in English. But what about the people who don't have a good command of English?
“Very nice and informative”
Reviewed by Wolfgang from Lauenburg, Germany on June 27th, 2012 Really nice and informative
“Excellent tour of a harrowing place”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Cheltenham, United Kingdom on June 17th, 2012 Great tour guide took us round, lots of facts and enough breaks to catch breath etc. Efficient pickup and drop off from coach also. The tour itself took in Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz 2 Birkenau and was well worth it - learnt a lot but felt extremely tired afterwards; this is an emotionally tough tour and will leave you feeling drained afterwards. But, of course, if you have the opportunity to go, you must. This is a part of our history that should never, ever be forgotten. Would recommend.
“The tour was perfectly organized and the staff was very friendly”
Reviewed by Michael from Einhausen, Germany on June 12th, 2012 A necessary change of plans beforehand went very well. The fact that it wasn't possible to print out the tickets wasn't a problem since the office was able to give them to us personally. There were two of us on the German-speaking tour and it was very pleasant, especially since we had a really nice and competent guide.
In summary: The tour is extremely worthwhile in terms of both content and organization. Many thanks.
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bonn, Germany on June 11th, 2012 Very well organized and well led tour. The guide's presentation was very well structured and the content was very informative.
“explained the memorials well”
Reviewed by Martin from Bonn, Germany on April 28th, 2012 It was a tight programme: shortly after 8am it took 45 mins to Auschwitz. During the journey there was a film (sadly in spanish, because 80% of the passengers were spanish). At our destination we were taken by a german speaking guide through Auschwitz. Because we were only 3 people, we got our questions answered very thoroughly. That led to us being the last group to leave the site and to us missing our planned break (but it was really worth it). Then we went to Birkenau. Here some points have to be taken away, because the visit only lasted 1 hour. Seen as the site is over 120 hectors, there was so much we didn't see.
On the way back there was another film, this time in english with german subtitles. The bus was air-conditioned and very new.
Reviewed by Kathleen from Bristol, United Kingdom on April 20th, 2012 This tour was excellent, it was about 1.5 hours bus trip from Krakow to Auschwitz, and we watched a documentry on the way out. Our tour guide was polish with very well spoken english. We seperated into 3 groups, two for english and one for french.
We all had head sets (FM systems) and were able to hear our guide clearly through out the tour. It was very emotional and well told, honouring the memory of what had happen there. We then went to Birkenau and the same guide stayed with us. He linked what had happened at Auschwitz with Birkenau and made overall a very emotional moving tour.
“Tour to recommend”
Reviewed by Vedran from Zagreb, Croatia on March 31st, 2012 This was a very informative and interesting tour with an excellent price tag. Would recommend to everyone.
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from San Jose, United States on February 28th, 2012 excellent tour. very sobering. guide was very knowledgeable and respectful.
“Very informative, and great value for money.”
Reviewed by James from Shenley, United Kingdom on December 20th, 2011 This trip was cheap, well organised an very interesting. Your well informed guide takes you around the sites of Auschwitz and Birkenhau for three hours of enlightening and heart breaking history. Just make sure you wrap up warm if you go in the winter!
“Good value for money.”
Reviewed by Torsten from Bad Kreuznach, Germany on October 19th, 2011 Journey to and from Auschwitz in a comfortable tour bus, english-speaking, very helpful and friendly tour guide (even spoke German too). German-speaking tour in Auschwitz I and Birkenau from a guide who was based there, everything worked and it was such a powerful experience.
“Die Tour war absolut einwandfrei.”
Reviewed by Simon from Berlin, Germany on April 3rd, 2013 Der Treffpunkt war gut zu finden. Die Tour startete pünktlich und dauerte so lange wie auf dem Zeitplan angegeben. Die Guides waren freundlich, zuverläßig und sachkundig. Für den Preis von 90 Zloty absolut empfehlenswert.
“Sehr gut geführte Tour”
Reviewed by Michael from Bad Teinach, Germany on February 9th, 2013 Hervoragend organisiert, jedoch leider zu wenig Zeit bei den einzelnen Dingen
“eine tour mit get your gide ist bestimmt wieder rdin”
Reviewed by Sabine from potsdam, Germany on October 11th, 2012 die bestätigung der tour kam leider zu spät-konnte aber noch zu meinen gewünschten termin teilnehmen-der ausflug mit cracow city tour nach auschwitz-birkenau war gut organisiert und ist weiter zuempfehlen.
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