The former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau is a must-see for every tourist travelling to Poland. It was the biggest “death factory” created by Nazi Germans to imprison, humiliate and finally exterminate 1,1 million of people during the Second World War. Transports of prisoners were brought from all the European countries invaded by Hitler and his troops.
“People doomed people to this fate”, Zofia Nałkowska wrote in her book “Medallions” in 1945. Why did this genocide happen? It’s hard to imagine such a tragedy taking place in the 20th century, which is why our duty now is to keep the memory alive.
Auschwitz consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I – administrative center, Auschwitz II (Birkenau) – extermination camp and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) – work camp. Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II are open for visitors.
The tour is divided in two parts. The first one lasts 2 hours and will cover the permanent exhibition and original buildings of Auschwitz I, including barracks, gas chambers, the camp detention house and the Wall of Death. The second part lasts one hour and covers Birkenau where you can see the remnants of the second extermination camp such as a watch tower, prisoners’ barracks and the ramp where trains full of prisoners were being brought.
Please notice that there is no lunch break during the tour.
You are allowed to take photos in the Museum.
The tour is not recommended for children under the age of 14.
Over 2 millions of people visited the camp last year so book your visit in advance.
Duration: 7 hours
Maximum size of any baggage allowed at the Auschwitz Birkenau Museum is 30x20x10 cm.
• entrance fee,
• comfortable minibus to Oświęcim and back,
• transportation by bus between Auschwitz and Birkenau,
• profession English-speaking guide and tour leader,
• portable headset for each visitor.