Auschwitz Birkenau Guided Tour
What is included in all our Auschwitz tours
- Instant confirmation
While making a reservation, after the payment is complete, you will get an instant confirmation of your order on your screen. All the details and contact information will be sent to you via e-mail.
- Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz minibus
We provide high-quality cars for the transportation to ensure the comfort of our clients. Our Auschwitz tour from Krakow includes door-to-door pickup.
- Documentary movie on the way
Since trips from Krakow to Auschwitz take around 1-1,5 hours, during this time you will have the possibility to watch a documentary movie to gain historical background information.
- English-speaking driver
We provide a fluent English-speaking driver to pick you up and drop you off during our tours to Auschwitz from Krakow.
- Entrance fees
Auschwitz tickets are included in the displayed Auschwitz prices of the tour. No extra payments.
- Guided Auschwitz Birkenau Tour with museum licensed educator
After arrival at Auschwitz, you will get a highly professional English-speaking guide to provide all necessary background information and details.
- Transport insurance & all fees
The Auschwitz prices of the tour include transport insurance and VAT.
- Snack box
Snack box is included in Auschwitz Premium and Auschwitz Private tour options.
Auschwitz Birkenau Guided Tour Options – Auschwitz Tour Packages
Auschwitz tour prices differ accordingly to the type of the Auschwitz Tour Packages.
Auschwitz Regular Tour
the minimal package, the minimal price.
- Up to 39 euro per person
- 7,5 h duration time
- Transportation by Mercedes-Benz minibus
- A group around 20 people, but can be extended up to 49
- Pickup at selected 10 hotels - Andels, Wyspiański, Radisson, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Qubus, Hilton Garden Inn, Kazimierz, Novotel, Golden Tulip
Auschwitz Premium Tour
the best price and the most popular option.
- Up to 59 euro per person
- 7 h duration time
- Transportation by Mercedes-Benz minibus
- Group of 8 people at maximum
- Snack box included
- Door-to-door pickup, with the maximum of 4 stops. The rest of the group will be picked up at their hotels by private cars and brought to the last pickup point.
- Private vehicle for your group
- Personal attention of a fluent English-speaking driver
Auschwitz Private Tour
the most comfortable option with full service.
- Up to 199 euro per person
- 7 h duration time
- Transportation by Mercedes-Benz van or limousine
- Snack box included
- Door-to-door pickup from all around Krakow and suburbs
- Private exclusive vehicle only for you
- Personal attention of a fluent English-speaking driver
- The shortest time of the transfer due to the lack of pickups
- No delays
Auschwitz concentration camp tour - general information
Auschwitz Tour from Krakow
Krakow Concentration Camp tour includes transfer from Krakow to Oświęcim, where the camp is located. Drive between these two cities takes approximately 1-1,5 h. The whole Krakow to Auschwitz tour with the transfer (and back) takes up to 7 hours. During the ride, you will get to know the historical background of the place. Later, the group will be guided by a professional educator to provide detail insight into the ways of functioning and history of the camp.
Visiting Auschwitz is an important experience of facing the tragedy of Jewish people and other nations during the WWII.
Concentration camps Auschwitz Birkenau and Auschwitz Museum
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was a building ensemble of German Nazi concentration and extermination camps operating between 1940-1945. It is famous for being a major site of massive extermination of the Jews. Also, Romanians, Russians, Poles, and other nations were victims of the crimes and inhuman treatment that were present here. During the years of its functioning 1,1 million people were killed or died there due to horrible treatment. In the year 1947, it was converted into the museum to function as a memorial to slaughtered people and be a tangible proof of a massacre that took place during WWII. Nowadays it has become one of the most recognisable symbols of the Holocaust. It is the only Extermination Camp included on UNESCO List, as this place bears extreme historical and cultural importance.
Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is one of the most explicit pieces of evidence of the crimes against humanity that took place during the Second World War. Over two millions of visitors come here each year. Due to the amount of tourists, trips to Auschwitz are now under strict regulations required for preservation of the camp.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Regulations
- A professional English-speaking Auschwitz Memorial guide will be assigned to the group on the premises.
- It is requested to show respect and keep appropriate attitude because of the grievous character of the place.
- It is not recommended to children under 14 years old to attend the exhibition. The place is kept in the most authentic state possible and seeing it can be a tremendous experience.
- The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Auschwitz Museum should not exceed dimensions: 30x20x10 cm.
- Making photos for personal purposes with no use of a flash and stands is allowed everywhere at the Museum, except the exposition with the hair of victims (block 4) and the basements of Block 11.
Auschwitz Tour - Our Regulations
- If you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the activity you will get a full refund
- If you cancel within 24 hours of the activity or you do not show up for the tour - no refund is due
- Please arrive at the designated pick-up point minimum 5 minutes before the departure time
- Minor delays (circa 20 minutes) are possible due to traffic conditions
- Pickup from hotels located in Old Town or Kazimierz might include about 5-minute walk to the bus
- In case of any issues, you can always ask our Tour Leader for help or call our Support Center (the number will be on the sticker that you get before the tour)
Auschwitz Tours - FAQ
- I am using a wheelchair, can I visit Auschwitz?
Please bear in mind that Auschwitz Museum is kept in the most authentic state possible. Mainly dirt tracks are available to move around the site of the camp. However, the Auschwitz Museum provides special, more narrow wheelchairs, that are adapted for the tracks.
- What luggage size can I take to Auschwitz?
Handbags brought into the Auschwitz Museum should not be bigger than 30x20x10 cm.
- Is there an option to pick me up from a place which is not on the list?
Auschwitz Private Tour grants you the pickup from any place in Krakow or suburbs.
- How long does the tour last?
The whole tour with the trips to Auschwitz from Krakow and back will take approximately 7 hours. But due to the traffic, the delay is possible.
- Can I change the pickup time?
There are two options of the pickup time to choose from: 8:30 am or 11 am. If you already have a reservation, unfortunately, the change is impossible.
- How many people there are at most in a small group?
Premium Krakow to Auschwitz Tour and Private Krakow to Auschwitz Tour options allow 8 people at maximum. Regular Krakow to Auschwitz Tour group usually are around 20 people, but the number of visitors can be extended up to 49.
- How do I locate my driver or vehicle?
Our vehicles are distinguished by bright and recognisable logotype. Also, you will get the mobile phone number to contact your driver.
- I have left something in the vehicle. How do I get it back?
In this case, you can contact your driver or call to the central office. The procedure of retrieving your belongings will be determined individually.
We offer the lowest prices at the premium tours market.
Door 2 door
Get picked up and dropped off at chosen locations.
We have 24/7 online service and call centre available.
No hidden fees
All of the payments are included in the final tour price.
We offer luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
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Visit Auschwitz Museum
The concentration camp was built in the city suburbs of Oświęcim city. It consisted of 3 parts:
Auschwitz I (Oświęcim) – the first and the main camp, initially constructed as a concentration camp but later it also started to function as an administration centre for the whole ensemble.
Auschwitz II – Birkenau (Brzezinka) – initially functioned as a concentration camp but later it was transformed into the place of the mass extermination. More and more buildings were being converted into gas chambers and crematoria.
Auschwitz III Monowitz (Monowice) – a labour camp.
The whole ensemble included also several dozen minor sub-camps.
Nowadays Auschwitz I and II are available for visiting. Nowadays they function as one exhibition and memorial. Auschwitz tickets allow visiting both camps together.
Objects that you will see during the Auschwitz concentration camp tour:
- the ensemble of more than 150 buildings and 300 ruins
- gas chambers
- brick and wooden barracks
- the death wall
- central camp baths
- original walls and railways
- illustration of the living conditions of the prisoners
- numerous personal belongings and objects of everyday use of the prisoners
- archives with documents and photos
- objects used by SS
Details of the visiting Auschwitz Museum
The Auschwitz Birkenau Tour starts at the main camp Auschwitz I. Here first mass murders of the transports of Jews took place. You will visit the ensemble of numerous buildings and barracks. A great part of the exhibition includes archives of prisoners, photos and other documentation of the crimes and horror that took place there. Auschwitz trips are very intense, as the visitors get to behold the living conditions of the prisoners and see the most significant buildings.
You will pass Auschwitz entrance gate with the famous slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" (German: "work sets you free") erected above it. The walls surrounding the area of the camps have extreme security measures.
During your Auschwitz guided tour, you will come across gas chambers. They were used for massive exterminations by Zyklon B. It was a German cyanide-based gas, initially used as a pesticide. At Auschwitz, SS-men started experimentations of its effectiveness against humans. There were several attempts to estimate the dosage – the first group of condemned prisoners were dying for several hours. In fact, first murders by gas took place in the nether regions of Block 11. This location soon was found inconvenient for numerous reasons, and morgue near the crematorium was adjusted to fulfil the function of gas chambers.
Auschwitz tours include the walk around the camp. You will move along numerous brick blocks, that functioned as a sleeping place for the prisoners or as administrative buildings. The most tragically famous of them is Block 11, sometimes also called The Death Block. It was used as a prison for prisoners, that were punished or sentenced to death. Usually, those were resistance suspects or escape planners. The types of execution were by starvation or by firing squad. The prisoners could also be deprived of sleep by being kept in so-called "standing cell".
Situated at the yard of Block 11 is the Death Wall. This wall was a place for numerous executions by firing squad. It is estimated that during functioning of the camp several thousands of prisoners were killed here.
Several brick blocks were turned into hospitals for the prisoners. Because of the terrible conditions, lack of appropriate food, extensive work, overcrowd and lack of basic hygienic means the prisoners often fell ill. The hospitals supposedly were created to cure the patients, but they lacked medicaments and basic equipment. They were usually overcrowded and nowhere near sterile. Due to such conditions, the death rate was huge. The other danger for patients were SS medical selections. Random prisoners were chosen to get killed by Zyklon B or phenol injections.
Other crucial buildings were crematoria. There were several of them in Auschwitz and Birkenau. Their amount was growing over time. In 1943, the final number of crematoria was five. Together they had 52 furnaces and were able to burn 4756 bodies a day. Still, this was not enough to burn all of the corpses.
Then the Auschwitz tour leads to Auschwitz II – Birkenau, which is situated 3 km away. Auschwitz-Birkenau consists of 300 barracks, mainly wooden. They were built by the prisoners. They were usually overcrowded and lacked necessary sanitary-hygienic means. Also, the buildings were too big to be warmed up to a comfortable temperature. Brick barracks remain in ruin.
This camp was built far faster than Auschwitz I due to the growing flow of prisoners.
Apart from the barracks, you will see the exposition in the biggest original camp bath in Birkenau. The exhibition consists of informational boards and also functions as an Auschwitz memorial. The bath is surrounded by ruins of crematorium and gas chambers.
Auschwitz tour – useful information
Auschwitz tours grow in popularity every year. Situated near Krakow concentration camp has become one of the most recognisable symbols of the Holocaust. It must be brought to notice, that visiting Auschwitz can take place not only for historical reasons. Some of the visitors come to the Auschwitz Museum as a memorial of murdered family members. Thus, during trips to Auschwitz, it is important to recognise the solemnity of the place and behave appropriately.
Professional Krakow Auschwitz tours will cast light on WWII history and tragic events that took place at Auschwitz Birkenau camp. A trip to Auschwitz can be a life-changing experience, that will create awareness of numerous harmful social and political processes. Cracow4you takes extreme care in making Auschwitz trips a comfortable experience.
Sometimes Auschwitz Birkenau camp is referred to as a "Polish concentration camp" or "concentration camp Poland". It should be highlighted that such brachylogy, though understandable, is misleading and can be harmful to Poland. Auschwitz Birkenau was a German Nazi concentration camps built on the territory of Poland, and Polish authorities or nation have never participated in their creation.