Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Visit the largest concentration camp from World War II and gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust.

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Pickup

1. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Pickup

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip transfer from your Krakow hotel. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute 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 returning to your Krakow accommodation.

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip - Non-Refundable

2. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip - Non-Refundable

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip bus transfer from Krakow. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute 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 Krakow.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Tour

3. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Tour

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked, fast-track entrance ticket. Uncover the dark past of the former concentration camps and see the remaining buildings and original artifacts on a poignant tour with a licensed guide. After making your own journey to the memorial site, be greeted at the entrance to Auschwitz I by a host who will give you your skip-the-line ticket and prepare you for the guided tours. Once inside the Auschwitz I Museum, embark on a walking tour with one of the museum's official guides and begin to 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, take a bus to the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial for a guided walking tour. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway that transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, feel free to walk around on your own with as much time as desired inside Auschwitz-Birkenau II.

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip

4. From Krakow: 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 Krakow. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute 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 Krakow.

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From Krakow: Ticket to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Transfer - Non-Refundable

5. From Krakow: Ticket to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Transfer - Non-Refundable

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial and walk around at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the convenience of a pre-reserved entrance ticket and a hotel pickup and roundtrip transfer from Krakow. Get picked up from your hotel and travel at the Auschwitz I Museum. Receive your entrance ticket and begin to explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. Read informational placards through the site and learn the ghastly Nazi crimes committed here and hear to stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Continue to the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers, haunting personal artifacts left behind, 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, meet back with the tour group to be transported back to your accommodation in Krakow.

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Trip with Pickup

6. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Trip with Pickup

Follow a licensed guide on a poignant tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial. After, travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and take a guided underground tour and witness beautiful chambers carved in salt. Enjoy a hotel pickup service on this unique combined tour experience from Krakow. Get picked up from your hotel and travel to the Auschwitz I Museum to begin your 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 tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. After a lunch break, drive to the nearby town of Wieliczka to visit its famous salt mine. Prearranged tickets will be waiting for you at the salt mine along with a local guide. Start the tour inside the salt mine by walking down long sets of steps, taking you 135 meters underground and through labyrinthine passageways, tunnels, and shafts. See underground lakes, 4 chapels, and unique statues carved by miners out of rock salt. Experience a unique place to visit and a must-see during your stay in Krakow. Once the guided tour is over, take a lift from the underground back up to the main ground level to meet your driver. Relax as you make the journey back to your accommodation Krakow.

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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Labyrinth Exhibit Full-Day Tour

7. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Labyrinth Exhibit Full-Day Tour

Travel from Krakow and visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum alongside an official guide. See the remaining structures, view touching exhibits commemorating the camp’s victims and survivors, and end with a special guided walk through "The Labyrinths" art installation. Start with a timely pickup from a centrally located meeting point in Krakow and then relax on the air-conditioned bus while your tour leader reviews the day’s itinerary. During the journey, get an introduction to the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau and its role during the Holocaust. After a 1-hour and 40-minute drive and a brief security check, meet the official licensed museum guide who will accompany your group around the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. Receive a headset to enhance your hearing as you learn about the largest concentration camp complex from World War II. The first portion of the complex tour will lead you around Auschwitz, now a designated national museum, where the barracks are still intact. Hear somber tales of what life was like in the camp as you view the various exhibitions displaying original items that belonged to the camp prisoners. Next, take a short drive to the Birkenau Memorial. Here, witness the gas chambers and the railway, which transported prisoners to the camps, and the unloading platform. Commemorate the camp’s victims as you walk around the memorial site. After the guided Birkenau tour, meet up with your tour leader and board the bus towards your last tour stop before returning back to Krakow. Head to a nearby village of Harmęże, where agricultural forced labor was done by Auschwitz prisoners, and enter the village’s monastery. See the “Frames of memory. Labyrinths” art exhibition, created by Marian Kołodziej, camp prisoner no. 432 and a survivor of Auschwitz. This one-of-a-kind exhibit recreates the reality of the camp through his art. Reflect on the moving artworks and step inside emotional installations, which aim to inspire visitors so that the atrocities of the Holocaust will never be repeated again. From 24th September until the end of October, your start time may be changed to either the morning or afternoon, due to some time slots being blocked for local school groups. Departures at 12:00 PM will run with a reversed itinerary: Labyrinth exhibition, then a short lunch break at Auschwitz Museum, followed by the guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Tour - Non-Refundable

8. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Tour - Non-Refundable

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked, fast-track entrance ticket. Uncover the dark past of the former concentration camps and see remaining buildings and original artifacts on a poignant tour with a licensed guide. After making your own journey to the memorial site, be greeted at the entrance to Auschwitz I by a host who will give you your skip-the-line ticket and prepare you for the guided tours. Once inside the Auschwitz I Museum, embark on a walking tour with one of museum's official guides and begin to 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, take a bus to the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial for a guided walking tour. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway that transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival in the memorial site. Afterward, feel free to walk around on your with as much time as desired inside Auschwitz-Birkenau II.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

9. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

Spend an hour and fifteen minutes in an air-conditioned bus, as you depart Krakow for a confronting day of reflection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a solemn place that leaves a lasting impression on all visitors, and an important memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Visit the museum and memorial in the suburbs of Oświęcim, about 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival meet a professional guide who will show you around the site and speak of its dark history. Receive a lunch box, to take a break with during the tour. Discover the tragic history of the largest concentration camp of the Holocaust, funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Learn how it became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews, put to their death in the hideous gas chambers. Pass through the gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free) to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and explain the history of this place.  Then, spend about one hour at the second camp at Birkenau, where mass killings took place as part of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”, before meeting your driver for the return journey to Kraków.

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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Pickup - Non-Refundable

10. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Pickup - Non-Refundable

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip transfer from your Krakow hotel. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute 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 returning to your Krakow accommodation.

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Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is open daily from 8am except for January 1st, December 25th, and Easter Sunday. It closes at 3pm from December to February, 4pm in March and November, 5pm in April and October, 6pm in May and September, and 7pm from June to August. The site can be accessed for free but it is advisable to take a tour. If you decide to do so, book your tickets in advance. The best ones fill up very quickly!

  • How to get there from Krakow?

    The easiest way is simply to book an all-in-one tour that leaves from the city. Alternatively, inexpensive buses frequently leave from the basement floor of Krakow's main bus station. You can also take a train to the nearby town of Oświęcim.

  • When to visit?

    Krakow is a wonderful city with a great deal of attraction to please tourists. Though Auschwitz may be an essential part of your trip, it can be emotionally overwhelming. We recommend that you leave it till last.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily.
    Hours vary based on time of year:
    7:30 AM-2:00 PM, December
    7:30 AM-3:00 PM, January, November
    7:30 AM-4:00 PM, February
    7:30 AM-5:00 PM, March, October
    7:30 AM-6:00 PM, April, May, September
    7:30 AM-7:00 PM, June, July, August
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Basic entrance is free, but it is highly recommended take a tour which will have a cost depending on which one you choose.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's not required but highly recommended. Best to book in advance online!
  • How to get there
    There are direct buses from Krakow. Alternatively, take the train to Oświęcim and then hop on local bus to the site.
  • Additional information
    Not recommended for children under 14.

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What people are saying about Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 49,644 reviews

A rich visit thanks to the many testimonies that our guide shared with us. Beyond the very well explained historical facts, this made this visit even more human. Just a small disappointment with the speed of the visit.

Great transport and such a great guide. We had a very interesting and comfortable experience, everyone should visit Auschwitz at least once in their lives. History is so important.

Super support! A little late but against the will of the organizer, great guide in French!

Super easy to find and join the tour. Very organized and very friendly staff.

Our guide was perfect. Waited no line. Great experience.