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From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

1. From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip bus transfer from Katowice. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1.5-hour journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, get a bit of time to explore on your own before getting back on the bus to return to Katowice.

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Katowice: Auschwitz and Krakow Old Town Private Guided Tour

2. Katowice: Auschwitz and Krakow Old Town Private Guided Tour

Start with pickup from Katowice and travel to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the site of the largest Nazi concentration camp of World War II. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the huge camp complex and learn about the horrors of the Holocaust. Be escorted through the barracks and see a variety of poignant exhibitions related to the history of the site. See the gas chambers, the living quarters, and the crematorium. Visit the various memorials which pay tribute to those who suffered under the Nazi regime.  After visiting Auschwitz, travel to the city of Krakow. Take a guided tour of the city and see the major landmarks such as Wawel Castle, St. Mary’s Basilica, Cloth Hall, the old Town Hall and many more. Admire the local architecture, palaces, and interesting monuments of the Old Town and learn about the history of the city which was once home to many kings. Enjoy some traditional Polish dumplings for lunch, followed by free time to explore the city. After your afternoon in Krakow, be returned to Katowice in the evening.

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From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. Located in German-occupied southern Poland, it took its name from the nearby town of Oświęcim, situated about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Katowice. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I — the administrative centre; Auschwitz II (Birkenau) — an extermination camp; and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) — a work camp. On this guided tour of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, discover the terrifying but touching site where at least 1.1 million people were killed, 90% of them Jews from almost every European country. See the gas chambers where the vast majority were slaughtered using Zyklon B, and learn more about the Holocaust with your English-speaking guide. Hear about the most important original objects at Birkenau, and visit the permanent exhibition and original buildings on the grounds of the main camp (Auschwitz). Pay your respects and take some moments for reflection in a place laden with historic horrors.  With this tour, both skip-the-line entrance tickets and hotel pickup and drop-off in Katowice are included. However, if you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb, or any form of private residence, you will have to make your way to the meeting point at the local partner's office in the city center to begin your tour.

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What people are saying about Katowice

Everything was well organized, we expected a bus full of tourists but were picked up by a friendly man in a car who took us to Auschwitz while telling us about Poland. Everything was perfectly arranged on site without waiting times, and returned neatly to the hotel. Super! Auschwitz itself is a sad visit of course but left a huge impression.

The local host from Katowice was really nice and professional. Besides the fact that everything was on tlme and organized really good I got some nice tips for the city.