Very many tourists in Krakow make a day trip to Auschwitz. The place is a little more than 1 hour by car or bus from Krakow.
Important: We recommend booking guided tours and bus tours to Auschwitz Concentration Camp safely and cheaply on the well-known German website Getyourguide
Guided tours Auschwitz
Guided tours are available at Auschwitz in many languages, including many in German. There are very many visitors. It is very difficult to book a guided tour on the day of the visit. It is much better to book in advance on the Internet. You can also run guided tours of the concentration camp with tickets without queuing (also called skip-the-line tickets or fast-track tickets) online. The best way to book is on the German website Getyourguide.
Bus tours to Ausschwitz
Very many people visit the city of Krakow for a few days. From there there are daily bus tours to Auschwitz. Many providers of such day trips from Krakow to Auschwitz pick up the participants in the morning at the hotel and bring them back in the afternoon. You should make sure that the tours to Auschwitz-Birkenau include a guided tour of the concentration camp in a language that you understand well. There are also bus tours from other cities like Warsaw or Wroclaw. You can also find bus tours to Birkenau including lunch on the following link. >>> Offers day tours to Auschwitz
Info concentration camp Auschwitz for visitors
There were several concentration camps around Auschwitz. Visitors to Auschwitz usually visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp (also called Auschwitz 2). This is probably the darkest place in the history of mankind. More than 1 million people were murdered here in gas chambers in just a few years. The majority were Jews.
The liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the army of the Soviet Union was in early 1945. Later the former concentration camp was transformed into a kind of museum and memorial. Today, this is visited by well over 1 million people a year. About half of the visitors to the memorial in Poland are foreigners, many from Germany.
Of course, there is no entrance fee to visit the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. But we recommend to book a tour with a guide. So you learn much more about the terrible crimes. You see a lot. We were especially moved by the personal belongings of the victims. On some days more than 10,000 people were executed in gas chambers in Auschwitz. Auschwitz was also a camp for forced laborers. You can also see the barracks where people had to live in terrible conditions. You can also see parts of the railroad (trains and tracks) with which the victims of the Holocaust were transported to Birkenau. Very moving are the remains of the gas chambers and crematoria. After the murder, the bodies were burned here. Also moving are the accounts of the few survivors of Auschwitz. Nut few thousand survived, far more than 1 million people died in Auschwitz.
Important: We recommend booking guided tours and bus tours to Auschwitz Concentration Camp safely and cheaply on the well-known German website Getyourguide.
Opening hours Auschwitz Concentration Camp
The former concentration camp has much longer opening hours in summer than in winter.
Specifically, the opening hours of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp are as follows:
June, July, August: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April, May and September: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March and October: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January and November: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This applies to all days of the week. There are no special opening hours for the weekend or similar, nor is there a day off. Only on Christmas Day (25.12) , New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday is closed. Status of info 2023
Duration of visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp: Most visitors stay at least 3 hours.
There are, of course, restrooms at the Auschwitz Memorial. There is also a restaurant and luggage storage. Everything is quite good and not too expensive. There are large parking lots for cars with fees. It is not recommended for younger children under 14 to tour the concentration camp, some bus tour or guided tour providers do not allow children under 12.
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