Auschwitz-birkenau State MuseumCurrently Open [Closes at 03:00 pm]
Words cannot begin to describe the horror that took place in this camp. The Museum encompasses the entire Auschwitz concentration camp and its surrounding buildings. It is estimated that over 1.1 million people were killed here, a majority of them Jews. The camp has come to symbolize the Nazi atrocities against the Jewish people. The museum today educates visitors and researches the Holocaust.
- It takes at least three hours to tour the museum, sometimes more.
- Not suitable for visitors under the age of 14.
- Dress and behave with respect and solemnity.
- It can get crowded, so arrive early at the bus stop.
- Flash photography and the use of tripods are prohibited. Photography is prohibited in certain areas, look for the signs.
- Always follow the instructions of guides and the security guards.
- Do not visit under the influence of any substance.
- Smoking and the consumption of food are prohibited.
- Large bags are not allowed inside.
- A guided tour will cost around 10 Euros, but it will be a far more insightful experience and is recommended to viewing the museum without a guide.
- Dress appropriately. Behave respectfully.
- The timings for English guided tours are : 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m., 1.20 p.m.
- Each tour lasts for three and a half hours. Call ahead to reserve as the museum receives thousands of visitors every day
- Buses are available from the Krakow bus station to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum.
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51.8% of people who visit Krakow include Auschwitz-birkenau State Museum in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
82.35% of people start their Auschwitz-birkenau State Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
3 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 3 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Auschwitz-birkenau State Museum
73.33% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Auschwitz-birkenau State Museum
Very interesting and informative, sad and so real at the same time. Quite a bit of walking, I had to stop a few times. A must visit to pay your respects RIP beautiful people 🙏 May we never allow this to happen again !!
To say I enjoyed my visit is perhaps the wrong phrase to use. But I found both camps emotionally powerful. The displays and information help give a tiny glimpse into what must have been hell on earth for the millions of men, women and children to pass through the gates. Many never to return.
No need to belabor on the significance of the site, just a quick practical tip: remember to always plan your travel with 2hrs ahead of your clock. Although Poland is in the same time zone as Paris, they are actually 2hrs ahead. So Business start and finish earlier. Closes very early: 3pm
Very sad and tragic place. What has happened has happened and hopefully something so bad and inhumane, will never happen again for eternity. This isn't a place you should visit like a theme park. When I visited, there were a lot of tourists which of course isn't a problem but their actions and behaviour was irritating. Don't bring young children to this place as it isn't suitable for them and they will run around screaming and being annoying. If however you do plan on visiting, allow yourself a good amount of time as there is a lot to see here. You can enter for free but parking costs 13 Złoty. If you want to get a guided tour in your language then that's up to you, we couldn't find any English tours which were very surprising as it is the official language, but we did our own thing, which now I think about it probably was a better idea. You can get into pretty much every single bunker, and you can visit the old holding cells and the gas chamber. There are signs in English, German, Hebrew and Polish for people to read. Again, what happened here is awful and it brought a tear to my eye whilst walking around here. You should visit this place at least once in a lifetime to pay your respects for the many that died here. But please be respectful, dress sensibly and take time to walk around.
It was a hard choice to finally go there but it was a great visit. The camp is now a museum with lots of good and interesting information. By all means take a guided tour to get the most out of the place. Our tour moved very quickly from sight to sight which was a blessing. It didn't give too much time to reflect on the atrocities that occurred there.