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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
+48 33 844 80 99
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Established by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. Although the exact number of victims is unknown, many Jews, Poles and gypsies died here. The museum consists of two parts: Auschwitz I, the first and oldest camp (the number of prisoners fluctuated around 15,000, sometimes rising above 20,000) and Auschwitz II, Birkenau (which held more than 90,000 prisoners in 1944). The greater part of the apparatus of mass extermination was built in Birkenau and the majority of the victims were murdered there.
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Wiezniow Oswiecimia 20, Oswiecim 32-603, Poland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I will leave the impression and the emotional impact to the individual visitor. Everyone is different. My objective in writing this piece is to clarify the new policy for entering the camps. Birkenau is free and there are simply no formalities. At Auschwitz 1 you...More

Thank george s
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Reviewed yesterday

Tour well organized although collecting everyone to stick together sometimes took some time. Auschwitz Birkenau is impressive

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I did trip a part of a coach tour an found it very interesting and emotional going around the two camps

Thank Jonathan S
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited with SeeKrakow who are an excellent tour operator but feel that the visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau would have been more suited to a solitary experience where one could contemplate the atrocities that took place here rather than being herded around with scores of other tour...More

Thank TeamAC13
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Reviewed 2 days ago

...because I really don't want to see it again - it is gut wrenching. It is a must visit for those interested and serious about history, WWII, and the Holocaust. Unbelievable displays of the various horrors practiced by the Nazis. Just as powerful, in my...More

Thank Mystique777
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After being picked up by the tour operator, we had a one and a half hour journey to Auschwitz. I had taken a bag with me - fruit and sandwiches as we knew we were in for a long day. We were then informed on...More

Thank Pamela A
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited here with Discover Krakow which was ok but guide did not keep his party together and do some detail was missed. However the experience which must be done to understand what cruelty man can do to.man.Needs to be done

Thank Paulbd47
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After going to Dachau in Germany, where you could be your own guide, no money making schemes, sit and reflect on the atrocities that occurred there, we wanted to see Auschwitz as well. We tried to book tickets online but they were sold out with...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I am so glad we selected an individual unguided tour at 8 am which allowed us to visit each of the areas without the crowds and noise that would have affected our experience. Since group tours are not permitted access until after 10 am, the...More

Thank PAFamilyTravel
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the museum on our way home from trip to Romania and this place is a must see and experience. It is very emotional beeing there and seeing it all.... Even though we had prepared our two teenagers on this visit we became speechles...More

Thank Frøydis W
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lgeverett
20 June 2018|
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Response from mth1950 | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but I don’t know the answer. I think that you can take a private tour there, but then have to join a group tour going round.
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Beckim201613
10 June 2018|
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Response from Chicaree | Reviewed this property |
We purchased our tickets in advance online. Each ticket is time stamped for entry, guided tours leave at specific times depending upon language - this will all be explained when you purchase online or through an agent. We... More
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bethyellen2018
29 May 2018|
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Response from Bogdan09 | Reviewed this property |
Hey, no need for a guided tour. Just get here before 9 AM and it’s free entry without a tour guide. You can read everything.
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