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AUSCHWITZ - BIRKENAU MUSEUM - UNESCO

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Remains of barracks, watchtowers, gas chambers and fences
  • Live tour guide at Auschwitz with headsets
  • Live tour guide at Birkenau
  • 7 hours duration of the tour
  • Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation in Krakow
  • Wheelchair accessible (limited access)

Auschwitz concentration camp was established in April of 1940. It is located about 65 kilometers west of Krakow. Enlarged in the subsequent war years, it became a site of mass genocide. Some 1.5 million people of 28 nationalities died within it's barriers. In 1979 the Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration camp was entered onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. The site was turned into a museum in 1947. The infamous concentration and work camp has now become a living memorial and museum.

Price includes: transport by air-conditioned car, pick-up and drop-off from your hotel/hostel/apartment, tickets to museum with english speking guide, tour leader assistance

Available languages: English (regular tour), other languages on request - tours with private transport

Duration: 6 – 7 h

Exclusions: food and drinks

Important notice: the maximum size of bags and backpacks allowed to bring into the museum is 30x20x10 cm. For safety reasons, each person entering the grounds of the Museum will be subject to security checks, including using electronic devices to detect dangerous materials and objects. Those who refuse checks will not be allowed on the grounds of the Museum. Visit not recommended for child aged 14 and under. Limited access for wheelchair useres.

Price per person: regular 159 PLN, discount ticket 145 PLN (students under 26 years old)

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Auschwitz - Birkenau, monument to the deliberate genocide of the Jews by the Nazi regime (Germany 1933-1945) and to the deaths of countless others bears irrefutable evidence to one of the greatest crimes ever perpetrated against humanity. It is also a monument to the strength of the human spirit which in appalling conditions of adversity resisted the efforts of the German Nazi regime to suppress freedom and free thought and to wipe out whole races. The site is a key place of memory for the whole of humankind for the holocaust, racist policies and barbarism; it is a place of our collective memory of this dark chapter in the history of humanity, of transmission to younger generations and a sign of warning of the many threats and tragic consequences of extreme ideologies and denial of human dignity.

Twenty-eight one-storey brick blocks are found in the barbed-wire encampment of the older part which is entered through the gate with the inscription 'Arbeit Macht Frei' (Work Makes Free). In some of the blocks there is an exhibition which also shows such horrifying objects as piles of artificial limbs, eye-glasses, shoes, and suitcases once belonging to the victims.

The second part of the camp occupied the present district of Brzezinka (Birkenau). It is the largest cemetery in the world. Visitors can see some surviving barracks and the ruins of gas chambers and crematoria. The monumental Memorial to the Victims of Fascism was erected in order to pay homage to the millions of people murdered here.

Wheelchair accessibility: the infamous concentration and work camp has now become a living memorial and museum, with limited yet guided access for wheelchairs. It's still possible to visit the Museum, however, blocks with exhibition are not accessible.

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