Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Regular Tour
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour
Tours in English: daily, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM
• Explore the UNESCO-listed complex and learn about its terrible past from a knowledgeable guide
• Learn the history of the Holocaust and about the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945
• View the prison dormitories, gas chambers and exhibitions at Auschwitz I
• See what remains of Birkenau's watchtowers, fences, barracks and gas chambers
• Trace the stories of individual prisoners and visit the memorials to the camps' victims
• See a documentary film during the transfer
During your reservation process, please make sure to put the correct name and surname of every participants. The name and surname on the reservation must be identical as in ID document.
While booking the tour you will have a chance to choose your pickup point. The list of hotels is limited so if you cannot find your accommodation, please pick main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
The hours you book are tentative and may change, and departures from Krakow may take place in the following hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
You are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the pickup time and pickup point on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64 or email@example.com.
Transfer to Auschwitz by an air-conditoned vehicle (approx. 1½h)
Our guide will pick you up. Tickets are per name, do not forget to take your identity document or passport to confirm your identity. All customers are obliged to take their ID document with them on the day of the tour (if there is no such document, the staff of the facility have the right to refuse entry to the museum). The name and surname on the reservation must be identical as in ID document. Cracow Tours does not take any responsibility if any of our customers will be refused to enter Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau due to lack of documents.
Visit to Auschwitz I (approx. 1 ½h)
Official Auschwitz Educator will share the heartbreaking story in the chosen language. Entrance fees are already paid so you don't have to worry about anything.
15 minutes break
You can eat the sandwich you brought.
Transfer to Birkenau (approx. 15 minutes)
After visiting Auschwitz I camp and short break you will be taken to Birkenau camp tour, with the same bus that you arrived with.
Visit to Auschwitz II Birkenau (approx. 2h)
Continuation of your tour in Birkenau camp.
Return to Krakow from Birkenau camp (approx. 1 ½h)
You can be dropped off near the place of the pickup or the starting point.
THE PRICE INCLUDES
Tour guide assistance, documentary film, guided tour around Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, headset to hear the guide clearly, transportation.
The hours you book are tentative and may change, and departures from Krakow may take place in the following hours: 9.00 am - 3.00 pm. You are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the time of departure on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow, or selected hotels all over Krakow.
If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, you must make your own way to the main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
Our pickup service is available from selected hotels all over Krakow. Depending on the location of the hotel, the pickup service will be between 30-50 minutes before the tour departure time. Please enquire at your hotel reception desk regarding the pickup time and the possibility of a pickup. Please note: pickups can only be guaranteed if you book 24-hours in advance.
Original departure point.
• The hours you book are tentative and may change, and departures from Krakow may take place in the following hours: 9.00 am - 3.00 pm.
• All customers are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the time of departure on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64 or email: email@example.com.
• All customers are obliged to take their ID document with them on the day of the tour (if there is no such document, the staff of the facility have the right to refuse entry to the museum). The name and surname on the reservation must be identical as in ID document. Cracow Tours does not take any responsibility if any of our customers will be refused to enter Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau due to lack of documents.
• The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Museum cannot exceed dimensions 30x20x10 cm. Larger bags must be left in the bus.
• Most of the tour takes place outside, so please be prepared for the different weather conditions.
• Taking photos in the buildings with the use of flash is forbidden. You are allowed to take photos only in selected parts of the Museum.
• Eating and smoking, as well as acting in a loud manner are forbidden at the Museum.
• There is a 15-minute break during the tour, we suggest taking a sandwich and water with you.
• Please bear in mind that there are hundreds of tourists visiting the Museum every day and keeping your own pace of sightseeing is not possible.
• Not wheelchair accessible.
• Not recommended for child aged 14 and under.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The tour of the Museum, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, comprises both parts of the former concentration camp - Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau - and a documentary film presenting the first moments after the camp was liberated.
Begin your trip with pickup at selected Krakow hotel or main tour departure point. Accompanied by your guide, travel to the town of Oswiecim while a documentary on WWII and the Nazi Holocaust is shown on board. After roughly 1 ½ hours, arrive at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter the gates bearing the inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) and then head inside to learn about how the complex quickly turned from a detention camp to a center for mass murder. Your guide will discuss the camp's history in a sensitive manner as you visit the crematoriums and gas chambers, as well as the watchtowers and fences at Birkenau where the Nazi officers stood guard. After examining the exhibitions inside the old prison blocks, pay your respects at the camp's somber memorial.
The Auschwitz camp has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940 in the suburbs of the city of Auschwitz, which was integrated into the Third Reich. The direct reason for the establishment of the camp was the growing number of mass arrests of Poles and overcrowding of the existing prisons. Initially, it was supposed to be another concentration camp created by the Nazis from the beginning of the 1930s. That was the function of Auschwitz for the entire period of its existence, even when, from 1942, it became one of the centres for"Endlösung der Judenfrage" ("the final solution of the Jewish issue") at the same time - the Nazi plan to murder the Jews living in the territories occupied by the Third Reich.
The Auschwitz camp, until the end of its existence, was first and foremost a place of extermination. Even if from 1943 mortality was reduced in other camps to conserve manpower, in Auschwitz, to which continually new shipments were coming - mostly of Jews - to supply the camp labour, human life never meant too much.
Historians estimate that in less than five years of the camp's existence 1-1.5 million people were killed in Auschwitz, most of them - approximately 1-1.35 million - were Jews. The second most numerous group were Poles (approx. 70,000-75,000), the third - Gypsies (approx. 20,000). Approximately 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and 10,000-15,000 prisoners of other nationalities (including Czechs, Belarusians, Yugoslavs, French, Germans and Austrians) were also killed in the camp. Due to the role that Auschwitz played in the implementation of the Nazi extermination plans, it has become a world-famous symbol of the Nazi genocide, in particular the destruction of the Jews. In the Auschwitz I camp the Nazis established the first camp for men and women; it was the place where the first experiments of killing using Zyklon B took place, the first mass transports of Jews were being murdered, the first criminal experiments on prisoners were conducted, and the majority of executions by shooting were performed. It was there, in block 11, where the central detention camp for prisoners from all parts of the camp was housed, as well as the main camp commandant office and most other SS offices. The camp authorities supervised further expansion of the camp from there. In the Birkenau camp the Nazis built most devices of mass destruction, with which about 1 million Jews were murdered. At the same time, Birkenau was the largest concentration camp (nearly 300 primitive, mostly wooden barracks), where in 1944 there were over 100,000 prisoners: Jews, Poles, Romani, and others. Today, on the area of approx. 200 hectares you can see preserved ruins of the gas chambers and places filled with human ashes, primitive barracks for prisoners and miles of the camp fence and roads.
With this mail I would like to express my sincere appreciation of the great job Cracow Tours did in the tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau on 18 October. Your colleague Evelina did a great job in taking care of me and all other people on this trip. Also the local guide in Auschwitz (sorry I never catched her name) also did a magnificent job.
I did the Auschwitz and Birkenau Tour today with my husband. Picked up from Hotel by tour bus on time. Arrived at Auschwitz an hour later. Our Polish English speaking guide was very knowledgeable and guided us respectfully around the Concentration and Death camp. So moving and quite upsetting at times when shown and told of what went on there. Next was Birkenau, and this camp had the same effect on us. A must for everyone, this shouldn't be forgotten. Well run tour, good time allowed. Slight difficulty understanding our guides English at times, but otherwise an excellent tour.