Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the largest former Nazi concentration and extermination camp and see the symbol of the Holocaust from the inside. Learn about this horror of World War II from a professional, English-speaking guide.
What to Expect
Discover the Nazi concentration camps of Birkenau and Auschwitz on this 7-hour historic visit from Krakow. Established on the 27th of April 1940 and by June 1940, Jews and over 700 political criminals reached the site in Auschwitz and the atrocities began. From then on, Auschwitz turned into an extermination camp through the psychological and physical destruction of the prisoners.
Birkenau was built by the prisoners of Auschwtz and by October 1941 served as an extermination camp for approximately 125,000 prisoners of war. This number was growing fast until the beginning of 1945. It has been calculated that the number of people killed in both camps are estimated between 1 and 1.5 million. Approximately 90 percent of those killed were Jews, who were transported here from all over Europe.
Before the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 1945, the SS attempted to blow up the camp and destroy the documentation. They were only partly sucessful, therefore the Polish government decided to restore the site after the war as a memorial for the victims and for future generations.
- Pick-up/ drop-off from all central Krakow Hotels and apartments
- Documentary film on the way to Auschwitz
- Transportation by modern Mercedes minibus
- 3.5-hour guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau
Know Before You Go
• Bringing luggage to the camp is not allowed with the exception of hand baggage
• Hand baggage is considered to be luggage if it exceeds the maximum dimensions of 30cm x 20cm x 10cm