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.
What to Expect
Visit the concentrations camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, tragically powerful symbols of 20th-century atrocities.
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)
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
You are allowed to take photographs, but please do not use flash inside the blocks.
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 November 14th: departs at 8:40 am
Auschwitz and Birkenau are closed for visitors on May 4th and May 5th (March of Living), and July 20th-28th and August 1st-3rd (World Youth Days).
The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Museum can not exceed dimensions: 30x20x10 cm. Please leave your bags in your cars or buses or use the locker available.