Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum is the biggest former concentration camp set up by Nazis in occupied Poland. It’s a symbol of terror, human devaluation and Holocaust during World War II. Auschwitz-Birkenau guided detour is a chance to familiarize with the tragic war history in Poland, to pay a tribute to over 1,1 mln murdered people and to see one of the most significant heritage museums in the country. Being a part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, Auschwitz museum is visited by over 2 million people each year. Although Germans tried to destroy Auschwitz-Birkenau as the war was going to the and, some original camp buildings or their ruins have survived. Nowadays, we can see ruins of gas chambers or camp barracks in Auschwitz-Birkenau and numerous camp blocks in Auschwitz I.
Auschwitz-Birkenau detour starts at 9:00 am. Our English speaking driver will arrive at your hotel to pick you up. The whole journey takes approximately 6,5 – 7 hours. On your way to Auschwitz you’ll watch 45-minutes documentary film ,,The liberation of Auschwitz”, as an introduction to the tragic history of the camp.
Upon arrival, you’ll meet with a private guide, with whom you’ll drive around Auschwitz I. You’ll see numerous camp blocks, endless barbed wire with warning signs and the Grave of the last victims of Auschwitz. The guide will familiarize you with a comprehensive Auschwitz story including life of prisoners or cruel practices of Nazi officers. Then, you’ll see Altenjudenrampe – a historical wagon and a place of infamous prisoners selections. You’ll spend around 30 minutes there and then go to Fountain of Tears. It’s an unique place of an artistic presentation of connection between the Holocaust and the Crucifixion of Jesus. The last stop will be at Auschwitz II-Birkenau. This huge area (171 ha) served as an extermination camp, where people were being murdered in numerous camp gas chambers. Walking outside the fence, you’ll see long rows of prisoners’ barracks while your guide will tell you the horrifying story of Birkenau camp. After the tour, our driver will take you directly to your hotel in Krakow.
There are no breaks during the tour, so it’s advisable you to take some snacks and water with you. For the time of visiting, you’ll mostly walk, so it’s better to take comfortable shoes.