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Auschwitz-Birkenau Small Group Guided Tour

Explore Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of the world's best known concentration camps, on this small group guided tour which takes in the poignant atmosphere as well as educating you on the horrors which took place here.

Auschwitz is a haunting site of epic genocide where approximately 1.5 million people were killed during WWII's Holocaust. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it poignantly commemorates the lives of those who died within its walls and fences and is a must-see when visiting Krakow.

Established in 1940, the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex is a network of German Nazi concentration camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Poland and throughout its five years of operation, was a place of systematic extermination with the majority of victims being Jews, along with Poles, Gypsies, Russian POWs and members of other nationalities.

The Martyrdom Museum was founded in 1947 covering the area of KL Auschwitz (Auschwitz I) in OÅwiÄcim and the Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) in Brzezinka. It comprises approximately 150 buildings and 300 ruins and the original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps have all been preserved. What's more, the buildings house the collection of original exhibits and documents.

Your tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is limited to a maximum group size of 19, includes a visit to Auschwitz I - the administrative centre of Auschwitz death camp - and Auschwitz II, designed and constructed quite simply as an execution facility.

As you explore the gas chambers, crematoriums and exhibition halls which are located inside the old prison blocks, listen closely as your guide sensitively explains the who, how, where, when and why of this haunting place and the key events in its history.

Experience Includes

  • Small group tour (maximum group size of 19 persons) to Auschwitz from Krakow
  • Guided walk through Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfer from 8 Szczepanski Square
  • Lunchbox comprising of two sandwiches, a bottle of water and fruit

Experience Excludes

  • Additional refreshements
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel transfers

Departs

Daily, year round. However, please note tickets are only available to book approximately three months in advance.

Departure location

8 Szczepanski Square.

Start times

November - June: 6.45am; July: Between 6.15am and 6.45am; August - October: Between 5.30am and 6.15am. Exact time will be advised upon confirmation.

Duration

Approximately 6.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Maximum group size of 19 persons.
  • Journey time to Auschwitz from Krakow is just over 90 minutes.
  • According to Polish law children up to 12 years old or under the height of 1.5m are obliged to travel in baby seat or booster seat. These will be provided free of charge.
  • At Auschwitz: Eating, smoking and photgraphy inside the buildings as well as acting in a loud manner are forbidden at the site.
  • Please note that backpacks or handbags brought into the Museum cannot exceed the dimensions 30x20x10 cm. Please leave your bags on the bus.
  • Due to restrictions imposed by the Wieliczka Salt Mine, tickets are only available to book approximately three months in advance.
  • Wheelchair users can visit Auschwitz alongside an assisting person but, please note, the wheelchair must be capable of folding so that it will fit in a minibus. Also, sightseeing can be difficult due to the historical aspect of the buildings (no driveways, large steps, lots of stairs, pebbly ground etc.) and some parts of Auschwitz are available only through steps.