Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

Daily from 8am; closing hours vary seasonally
Więźniów Oświęcimia 20, Oswiecim, 32-603

The basics

Auschwitz-Birkenau is comprised of Auschwitz I—the site of a visitor center, museum exhibitions, artifacts, and multimedia displays—and Birkenau (or Auschwitz II), the buildings left almost exactly as they were when the Nazis abandoned them at the end of the war. Group and private tours with round-trip transportation from Krakow Old Town typically visit both sites and are available in several languages. A visit to Auschwitz can also be combined with the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour from Krakow
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Guided Tour from Krakow
$35.34 per adult
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A must if visiting Krakow!
This is an excellent tour. It's informative and respectful. At times it can be quite emotional and shocking. Our tour guide was great, her tone and pitch was right given the tough content and she was happy to answer questions. The tour is well organised and the route is planned with one-way systems etc to manage crowds. It was busy, even on a weekday which we expected, however everyone kept moving and we saw everything in good time.
Claire_D, Feb 2024

Things to know before you go

  • Plan to spend roughly 90 minutes at each of the sites, Auschwitz and Birkenau.

  • An official visitor center can be found at the entrance to Auschwitz I.

  • Although you can arrive independently, guided Auschwitz tours can allow for better understanding, with insight from a tour guide.

  • Cell phones are not allowed in the permanent exhibition buildings and photos are not permitted in Room 5 of Block 4 or the cellars of Block 11.

  • The museum discourages visits from children under the age of 14.

  • While wheelchairs are available at the visitor center, strollers are only permitted outside of the blocks and other structures in Auschwitz I.

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How to get there

Auschwitz-Birkenau is in Oswiecim, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Krakow, from where most tours with round-trip transportation depart. A few tours are offered from Warsaw 196 miles (315 kilometers) away, although the trip takes roughly 4 hours. Both memorial sites have paid parking lots, and shuttles run between the two.

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When to get there

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is open year-round from morning until between mid-afternoon and evening, depending on the month. The memorial is closed on January 1, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day (December 25). Arrive early for a quieter experience or visit midweek, outside of school holidays.

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Historical sights in Krakow

After a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, you can learn more about Polish history at the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow. Headquartered at the Krzysztofory Palace, the museum actually has 14 outposts across the city, including the Oskar Schindler Factory and the Old Synagogue in Ulica Szeroka. Guided walking or bike tours often combine stops at these sights.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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