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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour Pickup/Lunch Options

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour Pickup/Lunch Options

This 3.5-hour educational tour about how this concentration camp claimed over 1 million victims is a must-see. The complex comprises 3 main camps: Auschwitz I was the administrative center; Auschwitz II, or Birkenau, was the extermination site; and Auschwitz III, or Monowitz, was a labor camp. Built in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest concentration camp operated by the Nazis. Before the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, the SS attempted to destroy the camp and burn the archives. The Polish government restored Auschwitz–Birkenau as a moving memorial to the victims. Upon entering through the main entrance, see original camp buildings in the main part of the complex. Visit the museum with its permanent exhibition, an opportunity to learn about the real stories of prisoners and see their personal belongings. Finally, visit the extermination camp at Birkenau, where gas chambers and crematories are located. The duration of your visit to Auschwitz I lasts two hours and the visit to Auschwitz II lasts one hour. There are three breaks during the tour: the first is 10-20 minutes after arriving from Krakow; the second is 10-15 minutes before going to Auschwitz II, Birkenau Camp; and the third is 10 to 20-minute before heading back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp Complex Guided Day Trip

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp Complex Guided Day Trip

Discover the human stories of the Holocaust on this guided trip from Krakow to the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Birkenau. Learn how the camps were set up and the purposes each one served. Pause to reflect on what happened in these sites. Start with your pickup in Krakow. From there, you will ride about 45 kilometers to reach the former main camp in Auschwitz. Listen to your guide discuss the camp’s former use as barracks for the Polish military. At the entrance, note the gate with “Arbeit macht frei” over it. Visit the prisoner blocks, which now house artifacts from the camps and belongings left by the prisoners. See photographs and documents, shoes, suitcases, and glasses among other personal effects. From Auschwitz, travel a short distance to the former camp at Birkenau. There you will find the gas chambers and crematoria. Keep the camp’s victims in mind as you make your way around the memorials.  The trip will end with your return to Krakow.

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

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.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Entry Ticket and Transfer

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Entry Ticket and Transfer

Be picked up from your accommodation in Krakow and board a bus for the 1.5-hour trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. Explore the museum in the outskirts of Oświęcim, approximately 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival, meet a local guide who will show you around the site and tell you about its history. Find out how Auschwitz-Birkenau has become both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion during a respectful tour with a licensed guide. Walk through the gate marked "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work frees) to enter Auschwitz 1. Visit the preserved area and learn about its history. Spend approximately an hour in Birkenau, where the mass killings as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" took place. After the visit, reflect on the experience during the ride back to Krakow.

Memoriale Auschwitz III (Monowitz), Oswiecim: Our most recommended tours and activities

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour Pickup/Lunch Options

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour Pickup/Lunch Options

This 3.5-hour educational tour about how this concentration camp claimed over 1 million victims is a must-see. The complex comprises 3 main camps: Auschwitz I was the administrative center; Auschwitz II, or Birkenau, was the extermination site; and Auschwitz III, or Monowitz, was a labor camp. Built in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest concentration camp operated by the Nazis. Before the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, the SS attempted to destroy the camp and burn the archives. The Polish government restored Auschwitz–Birkenau as a moving memorial to the victims. Upon entering through the main entrance, see original camp buildings in the main part of the complex. Visit the museum with its permanent exhibition, an opportunity to learn about the real stories of prisoners and see their personal belongings. Finally, visit the extermination camp at Birkenau, where gas chambers and crematories are located. The duration of your visit to Auschwitz I lasts two hours and the visit to Auschwitz II lasts one hour. There are three breaks during the tour: the first is 10-20 minutes after arriving from Krakow; the second is 10-15 minutes before going to Auschwitz II, Birkenau Camp; and the third is 10 to 20-minute before heading back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp Complex Guided Day Trip

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp Complex Guided Day Trip

Discover the human stories of the Holocaust on this guided trip from Krakow to the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Birkenau. Learn how the camps were set up and the purposes each one served. Pause to reflect on what happened in these sites. Start with your pickup in Krakow. From there, you will ride about 45 kilometers to reach the former main camp in Auschwitz. Listen to your guide discuss the camp’s former use as barracks for the Polish military. At the entrance, note the gate with “Arbeit macht frei” over it. Visit the prisoner blocks, which now house artifacts from the camps and belongings left by the prisoners. See photographs and documents, shoes, suitcases, and glasses among other personal effects. From Auschwitz, travel a short distance to the former camp at Birkenau. There you will find the gas chambers and crematoria. Keep the camp’s victims in mind as you make your way around the memorials.  The trip will end with your return to Krakow.

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

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.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Entry Ticket and Transfer

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Entry Ticket and Transfer

Be picked up from your accommodation in Krakow and board a bus for the 1.5-hour trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. Explore the museum in the outskirts of Oświęcim, approximately 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival, meet a local guide who will show you around the site and tell you about its history. Find out how Auschwitz-Birkenau has become both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion during a respectful tour with a licensed guide. Walk through the gate marked "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work frees) to enter Auschwitz 1. Visit the preserved area and learn about its history. Spend approximately an hour in Birkenau, where the mass killings as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" took place. After the visit, reflect on the experience during the ride back to Krakow.

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