Auschwitz Tours with KrakowDirect - details
The former concentration camp in Auschwitz Memorial and Museum is one of the most popular attractions for day trips from Krakow. Tourists from all over the world visit Auschwitz in Poland to pay tribute to everyone who died there. It is now a museum located in Oświęcim, preserving the memory of every person sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and reminding us about the dreadful times of World War II and the Holocaust. It represents extremely important history and it’s highly recommended to explore the place to everyone. In 1979, Birkenau State Museum was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tours to Auschwitz can prove to be traumatic, but it is a must during your stay in Krakow.
Tours to Auschwitz
During the Auschwitz tour with KrakowDirect you will visit Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau – 2 main Nazi concentration camp sites. The whole complex covers an area of nearly 200 ha, and most of the tour of Auschwitz is outdoor. The first important object you’ll see is the infamous inscription on the entrance gate to the concentration camp, which says “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free). This ironic slogan, created by Nazis, begins the Auschwitz Birkenau memorial tour. You’ll see prisoners’ barracks, places of work, and original blocks where they were being punished. You’ll see railroad tracks that transported people often straight to gas chambers that were used for extermination. At the end of the war, the Nazi Germans tried to destroy them by blasting. The only remnants of those are now rows of chimneys covering a large surface of the concentration camp. Auschwitz tours from Krakow are extremely popular, but keep in mind that they are not a tourist attraction. In fact, they are an opportunity to learn a live history lesson in a place of deep reverence. Visitors need to take into consideration that while many visit Auschwitz for purely historical reasons, some people go there to see the place that took the lives of their relatives since approximately one in six Jews who died in the Holocaust, died in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Auschwitz tour with KrakowDirect guarantees high-quality service and a hundred per cent satisfaction. We are an experienced company that enjoys recognition as the best in Krakow. We organise daily private and shared Auschwitz tours from Krakow that includes hotel pickup, comfortable vehicles and local guides.
Private Auschwitz tours from Krakow
Private tours from Krakow to Auschwitz are getting more and more popular, due to its facilities. If you wish to visit Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum in a private car and a driver at your disposal, choose our private Auschwitz tour. Our English-speaking driver will pick you up directly from your hotel in Krakow. You can also choose whether you want to visit Auschwitz on your own, with a private guide or join one of the guided tours in the museum. You should book private guided tours in any available language in advance with us. Walking the camps on your own is possible only between November and March. A guided tour in Auschwitz takes up to 2 hours. Then visitors proceed to Birkenau, located about 3 km further. This distance will be covered with our car. Between the camps, you may have a quick break. After your Auschwitz tour finishes, our driver will take you back to Krakow and drop you off at your hotel or anywhere in the city centre. If you wish, you can also extend the Auschwitz trip with Schindlers Factory tour. It will save your time and money. What is more, Oskar Schindler’s story is the perfect complement to the thrilling history of the Holocaust.
Shared Auschwitz tours from Krakow
Our shared Auschwitz tours from Krakow also include door-to-door pickup and drop-off, but we organise stops in each hotel our clients are staying within the city centre. If your accommodation is located in further districts of the city, we can arrange transport for you for additional to reach the closest pickup point. We provide six- or eight-seater cars or minibuses, modern Mercedes vehicles. There are usually up to 20 people on our Auschwitz tours and around 30 on guided tours in the museum. On a way to Auschwitz, we provide a 45-minute documentary film titled „The liberation of Auschwitz” screened in our minibus.
Upon arrival at Auschwitz, you will join a tour with a professional English-speaking guide, or in another language selected by You, organised by the museum. Occasionally, headphones are provided for larger groups in order to hear the guide correctly. Additionally, in the high season, shared guided tours in Spanish, Italian, German and French are available. During our shared tour, you will visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, located within around 3 km distance. Auschwitz tour takes approximately 2 hours with a guide, and in Birkenau, visitors spend around 1-1.5 hours. We also provide bus transfer between the two camps. Our driver will be waiting for you after the first part. The ride will take only a few minutes. If time permits, you will have a 15-20 minutes break between the two camps. During our Auschwitz tours from Krakow, either group or private, we do not recommend any breaks on your way back, but we can arrange a short stop upon request. We can also provide lunch boxes paid additionally.
Visiting Auschwitz – useful information
Please bear in mind that during tours to Auschwitz visitors are required to behave appropriately and respectfully. There are also some restrictions regarding entering the sites of Auschwitz and Birkenau. You are generally allowed to take pictures, but only for private use. You can take photos of visited places, except for 2 spots. The maximum size of your carry-on can’t exceed the following dimensions: 30 x 20 x 10 cm. You can leave your larger luggage in the minibus. Food is not allowed while visiting, but you can eat during 15 min break, as it’s a full-day trip.
If you visit Auschwitz with little children, some areas will not be accessible with baby pushchairs. Also, we do not recommend visiting with children under 13 years old due to dreadful character of the place and some of the exhibitions. People with mobility problems should not experience any major difficulties during the Auschwitz tour. Please note that there are mostly dirt tracks in the camps. Also, some spaces (for example, blocks in Auschwitz I) are not accessible for wheelchairs. Museum in Auschwitz can also provide substitute wheelchairs for visitors with mobility problems. If you want to hire a wheelchair, please let us know in advance. Our customer service will help you to arrange it upon your request prior to the tour.
The opening hours of the Museum vary depending on the month. In December the box office is open till 2:00 pm and in June till 7:00 pm. For more info, check the museum’s official website or just ask Us.
Auschwitz tours with KrakowDirect
For our Auschwitz tours, we provide modern, comfortable Mercedes Benz vehicles and English-speaking drivers at your disposal throughout the day. We offer door-to-door pickup and drop-off in the city centre. Auschwitz tours from Krakow take approximately 7 hours. One-way drive to Auschwitz from Krakow lasts about 1.5 hours. For our group Auschwitz tours, we suggest pick-up time at 8:30 or 9:30 a.m. or in the afternoon. The itinerary of private tours to Auschwitz is more flexible, and upon request, we can shorten or extend your tour.
There are two payment methods available. You can pay online while booking our Auschwitz tour from Krakow or pay in cash to the driver on the day of your tour. We prefer payment in Polish zlotys. We also accept Euros, Pounds and U. S. Dollars in amount according to the current exchange rate. Our driver will give you the change in Polish zlotys.
If you want to visit Auschwitz with little children, we can arrange booster seats or child seats, but please inform us in advance. For the comfort of tourists travelling with children of less than 2 years old, we recommend private Auschwitz tours from Krakow. It is easier to arrange as many stops or breaks as needed than during group tours. Auschwitz tour with KrakowDirect is the best way to visit Auschwitz. Our company has years of experience and provide always top quality service. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and book one of our Auschwitz tours from Krakow!