Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour
From US$ 36 per person
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What You'll Do
- Learn about the historical and political background of the creation of the Auschwitz camp
- Visit the prison blocks, gas chambers, and crematorium at Auschwitz
What to Expect
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
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.
What to Remember
Short breaks for 10-15 minutes will be provided during the tour to give you time to relax, smoke a cigarette - outside of the museum only -, or to buy a book in the gift shop.
You will be accompanied by an English-speaking tour leader.
If your tour is not in English, please make sure you made the reservation for the correct day.
English tour: departs daily at 08:00 and 13:15
From 16 October: departs at 9:00 and 12:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays
Auschwitz and Birkenau are closed to visitors on 20 April/Easter Sunday, and 27, 28, and 29 April, due to The Living March.
The actual guide through the camps was phenomenal. Very well informed and well mannered. The bus however smelled like terrible body odor and the main bus guide was unfriendly, even telling one of the passengers to get up off one of the bus seats because "you're in my seat". Very rude and unfriendly.
The guide went very fast, if we stopped for a few seconds had guide disappeared. The guide could have wort marked with a yellow vest. Slightly Tregea, some little random breaks that we had no use for. We were there to get some impressions, not to run through the museum.
I would like to quote what the guide lady said in the end of tour; "The number of visitor is getting larger year by year. Last year, 1.5m people came and saw the site. That is very important because history of auschwitz-birkenau is not the history of Jews, not the history of Germany, it is the history of humankind."
Unfortunately at this moment in time, words fail me as to think of a one sentence review as to those who may or may not read this. This is not a reflection on the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the contrary. For myself personally I think the tour was very well done by those who take visitors round the two camps. My only grievance with the tour is not with the tour guides or any other staff at the two sights. It is with the certain individuals who come on this tour and treat it as though it is akin to a visit to Disney land. Okay I understand some people can become overwhelmed, and feel the need for example to start snapping away with the camera. To myself however, this showed a complete lack of tact, understanding, and total ignorance of those that undertook their photography in such a carefree manor. Being made aware of the true horrors that was undertaken at this concentration camp, and done so in such an unbiased, informative manner was really well done by my tour guide.
The inforamtiom input was very interesting over all but the stressed tourguide was really rude and unpolite.
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