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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial Entry Ticket with Guided Tour

1. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial Entry Ticket with Guided Tour

Come to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (listed by UNESCO as a Natural and Cultural Heritage site) using your own means of transport. Enjoy having tickets for a guided tour already with you and walk to the entrance. Meet your authorised, live guide on-site and follow them into Auschwitz I where you will have a chance to walk on the ground of the former camp, built in 1940 in the suburbs of Oswiecim. Use a headset provided to let you hear the guide's words no matter the distance or group size. Discover lives of people who were kept in this place while seeing exhibitions presented in barracks they used to live. The total number of deaths is estimated at over 1.5 million people, representing 28 nationalities. Nearly 90 percent of them were Jews. Once the first part of the tour is completed, take a bus available on-site and travel few minutes to Auschwitz II-Birkenau where the visit with the guide continues. Walk along the railway which facilitated transports to the other part of the camp. See ruins of gas chambers in which people "vanished" on a mass scale. You can contribute to keeping the memory of the atrocities commited there by coming there and learning more about it.

From Krakow: Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Guided Tour

2. From Krakow: Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Guided Tour

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau on a day trip departing from Krakow. Explore the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex on a guided tour with a certified educator, historian, and guide. Auschwitz-Birkenau was founded in 1940 by the Third Reich and was the largest Nazi-run concentration camp. Currently, it is the resting place of millions of people, mainly Jews and Poles, exterminated in the gas chambers. Upon arrival, you will visit the memorial museum in the outskirts of the city of Oświęcim, 60 kilometers west of Krakow. After traveling around an hour and a half, meet your professional guide for an in-depth tour. Walk through the famous "Arbeit macht frei" gate to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the originally preserved site and explain the place's touching history. After a short break, visit the second camp at Birkenau where the mass murders took place as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem." At Birkenau, you will spend about an hour before meeting your driver for the return journey to Krakow.

Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

3. Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

You will start in the early morning around 08:00 a.m. (in the winter season the pick up might be slightly earlier). The tour begins in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum: first part lasts about 1,5 hours, you will visit Auschwitz I Museum with certified live guide provided by the museum. You will learn the tragic history of the largest concentration camp in Europe. After short break you will be driven to the Birkenau Museum when you will spend around 1 hour with the same guide. During the second half of your full-day program, you will travel to the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, which is one of the oldest working salt mines in the world. Before entering the Salt Mine you will have 1 hour lunch break. The English-speaking tour of the Mine will begin at 16:00 or 17:00 (depending on road conditions). Head 140 meters underground on a 2.5-hour journey along more than 2.5 kilometers of tourist routes and see chambers with amazing carvings and statues, with everything made of salt. You should arrive around 19:30 p.m. to Kraków.

Krakow: Auschwitz Day Trip with Guidebook in 20 Languages

4. Krakow: Auschwitz Day Trip with Guidebook in 20 Languages

Auschwitz Birkenau is one of the most important and recognizable places in the world. This place is proof of what one human being can do to another. Our driver will pick you up from a centrally located meeting place and take you on a comfortable bus to the city of Oświęcim, where the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp was located. The journey will take about 1.5 hours. When you arrive, you will first get the official guidebook in your chosen language. Explore the biggest Nazi extermination camp on your own. Spend at least 1,5 hour seeing the remnants of living barracks for prisoners and the notorious gas chambers. From the Birkenau Memorial make your way to the Auschwitz Museum. Before you enter, receive guidebooks from the driver and spend up to 2 hours in the Museum visiting numerous permanent exhibitions intended to provide an account of the horror of the camp. Finish your visit and go back to Kraków to the starting point, seeing various landmarks on the way.

From Krakow: Private Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau

5. From Krakow: Private Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Enjoy a private transfer to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum with a convenient pickup from your accomodation. This option is perfect for those who already have their tickets bought to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oswiecim and would like to have a private transfer. Your driver will pick you up from your accomodation in Krakow, drive you safely to your destination and back. Enjoy a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned van, kitted out with modern ammenities. Your transfer in each direction takes around 1.5 hours.

From Krakow: Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Tour

6. From Krakow: Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Tour

Auschwitz Birkenau Museum is for sure one of the most recognizable places in Europe if not in the World. The former Nazi camp is real proof of human cruelty. It’s going to be a full-day excursion (7-8 hours), visiting well maintained Auschwitz camp which became a memorial museum with intriguing expositions. The second part is a vast camp – Birkenau, situated just outside the city of Oswiecim. Our English-speaking driver will pick you up from your hotel in the city center of Krakow. With a comfortable air-conditioned bus, you will drive to the city of Oswiecim. The ride will take about 1,5 hours. The first steps begin at the well-known gate with “Arbeit Macht Frei” writing. The place was a work camp in the past and the prisoners were forced to do a destructive job. The route leads through important places which show the daily life of prisoners, work, selection, and extermination. Each barrack is an original exhibition made up of belongings left by prisoners The combination of these items with the guide’s appalling stories helps you see through your own eyes what really happened here, and why we can’t remain indifferently to this place. After visiting the first museum, you will get a lunchbox with a sandwich, fruit, and water. Time for a quick break. The next place is Auschwitz II Birkenau a vast open-space camp that shows the size of the murder committed here. You will see the field with many barracks, gas chambers, and crematoriums fenced with barbed wire. Thousands of people were murdered in this place. Wear comfortable shoes as you will walk around 1km around the camp. After finishing the tour, our driver will wait for you in the parking, the same place where you arrived. You’ll have a short break and then depart to Krakow city center. You will have approximately 1 hour of free time in between the trips. Ideal for having a decent meal or a coffee cup. Your driver will pick you up from the meeting point in front of the Maltanski hotel (Straszewskiego 14 Street) and you will travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. The whole sightseeing should take about 2,5 hours. After arrival at the parking, you will meet our guide, and that is how the adventure begins. Time to go deep! We will have to walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. Our guide will explain the rules of a salt mine as well as various legends and stories about mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for the visiting tourists. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe. There will be many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After the trip, you should return to the parking lot where the driver will be waiting to take you to Krakow hotel.

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What people are saying about Oswiecim

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 346 reviews

Everything was exactly as promised. The pickup was on time, everything went exactly as promised. The visit is a story in itself, but so worth getting a reminder of how cruel we humans can be, so history never repeats itself. Travel time from Krakow is approx. 1h 15min and it takes approx. half an hour to move between Auschwitz and Birkenau. The guide on site was very good in English and very knowledgeable. Recommend.

It was a really good tour! The organization was perfect, I got a message with all the details a day before the tour. The guide in the museum was really nice and knowledgeable! The tour itself is an absolute must-see. Such an incredibly sad and upsetting story about this place.

Tour was very well organized. Shortly before the meeting point, I was called again on my cell phone to see if I had found the meeting point. Guide was super interesting. We recommend!

We booked 2.5 hours tour what was long enough for us. Tour was very informative thanks for our leader Iwona .

An amazing experience. It is worth visiting this place. We remember!