Auschwitz & Birkenau Tour

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Duration: 7 hours
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Our regular excursion to the most well-known symbol of Holocaust, with door-to-door service.

Book tour from Krakow to visit the place of the most tragic genocide in world history – former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. If you are looking for the best organized and guided sightseeing in Poland, we are the answer! Our company has been operating trips since 2003 and we can guarantee the most professional and comfortable service – including door-to-door transportation, English-speaking driver and guide, with no need to wait in the line.

What is Auschwitz&Birkenau Tour?

Auschwitz & Birkenau Tour is a guided tour within a one-day trip range from Krakow city. By participating in this day tour, you will explore the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial and Museum, experiencing the memory of one of the greatest tragedies in the history of humankind. An English-speaking guide will show you around the Auschwitz I Museum and Auschwitz II Birkenau Camp, providing historical context and an explanation of the exhibitions and memorials you will witness. The whole tour takes around 7 hours, including door-to-door transfer. The trip is not a one-way trip. The ride back to Krakow is included.

What is Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum?

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum is an institution dedicated to preserving the memory of the victims who suffered genocide at hands of Nazi Germany in World War II. The goal of this international project is to honor the memory of the dead and keep up and promote the awareness of Holocaust atrocities. The exhibits and sites that constitute Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum have witnessed around 1,5 million senseless and horrible deaths. As part of your Auschwitz&Birkenau Tour, you will take a trip around the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and learn about the history it was created to safeguard and teach.

Auschwitz - the darkest Unesco World Heritage Site

There are 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Poland, many of which you can visit by taking some of our other tours. All of them were chosen for different reasons, but all of them embody something positive. Something beautiful, something impressive, something unique and worth preserving. To be a Heritage Site means that humanity would be worse off without you.

The sole exception is German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz Birkenau. Why is it listed along with Castle of the Teutonic Order, Wieliczka and Bochnia Salt Mines,  Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica, or the historic center of Krakow? 

The answer is simple. While all these places are worth celebrating and preserving, Auschwitz Birkenau cannot be forgotten. It has to be preserved as evidence of how far can humanity go in its hatred.

Why visit Auschwitz?

Visiting Auschwitz and taking the Auschwitz&Birkenau tour is a harrowing experience. It is not a happy day trip. Not a tour to take pictures of yourself smiling or celebrate your birthday with. It is a heavy, dark, and unpleasant tour.

And yet, it remains one of the most popular and important historical landmarks in the world, with countless visitors arriving each year to pay their respects. It might be quite possibly the most popular tour from Krakow. Why? Why people come to see the place where more than a million people were annihilated? Why wander around the nazi concentration camp, why learn about gas chambers? What brings people to Auschwitz Birkenau Museum?

Why is it important to visit Auschwitz?

Why should you visit Auschwitz and Birkenau? Because it is important to remember and honor the victims. As time passes and fewer and fewer Auschwitz survivors remain, the memory of Auschwitz dims. Some research shows that the awareness of the crimes that took place at Auschwitz and Birkenau drastically dropped in the age group of below 40ty, especially in the United States. People forget. Those who know about it often can’t imagine what it really meant and see it just as a distant historical fact, a bunch of numbers detached from human lives. In less than 25 years, Auschwitz will be something that happened 100 years ago. There will be not a single person who remembers the horrors of World War II from personal experience.

Those who forget history are bound to repeat it. To visit and take Auschwitz&Birkenau Tour is to keep the memory alive. To see it with your own eyes makes you understand it in a way that no textbook and no documentary can. Everybody should consider seeing Auschwitz and Birkenau at least once in their life. You should come and visit. Keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and help humanity never repeat that mistake again. 

 Why visit Auschwitz with MrShuttle?

MrShuttle has been the Travellers’ Choice, but if you are not the type of person to be impressed by TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, you might want to take a look at reviews left by our clients. We have nothing to hide, and some things to be proud of!

Why would you choose MrShuttle over a bus? 

  1. You save time. Our drivers take a direct, fastest route between your hotel pick up and the Auschwitz Museum. There are no unnecessary bus stops, and the smaller car is able to navigate the traffic easier. 
  2. Your return trip is covered. Because we offer Door-to-Door services, you don’t have to be afraid that by the time you finish the tour, you don’t have the strength, will, or means to return to Krakow. 
  3. Ease of communication. Our drivers and staff speak fluent English, and some speak other languages too. Getting the language barrier out of way helps. 
  4. The comfort of air-conditioned cars. While a bus can take you to your destination, you can’t sit back and relax in it like you can in our minivan. 
  5. No hassle. We adapt to your schedule, not the other way around. We pick you up, and we drive you back. You don’t have to look up public transport schedules, locate the bus stops, and work around bus arrivals and departures. 
  6. We can pick you up from anywhere in Krakow and drop you off anywhere in Krakow as well. This includes the airport Balice.
  7. You get to start your tour of Auschwitz earlier than anybody - because you can start watching an introductory documentary in the car that will make everything much easier to process.
  8. No standing in lines. You are not buying tickets, not standing in lines, we guide you directly to where you need, when you need to be, and you can focus on your tour rather than all the unnecessary hassle.
  9. Free cancellation. If anything happens, you can go through our cancellation process. We understand that sometimes things go wrong and you didn't mean to cause trouble. We don't want to cause trouble to you, either!

 

How to prepare for the Auschwitz Tour?

Here are some quick tips that will help you prepare for the tour:

  • It is tempting to schedule something else for the day. After all, it is just 7 hours, right? You probably can fit something in the evening? However, we recommend against it. The tour is draining and exhausting, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. Give yourself space to rest after the experience.
  • Eat your breakfast! While our packed lunch is delicious, don’t replace your breakfast with it. Hunger and thirst will make your stay much more unpleasant, and many visitors can’t bring themselves to eat after finishing the tour and lose appetite for the remainder of the day. Even if they are hungry!
  • The maximum size of bags and backpacks on the museum grounds is 30 x 20 x 10 cm. So prepare smartly - take an extra jacket, an umbrella, maybe an extra jumper or different shoes. And if in the end, you don’t need them, don’t bring them along - just leave them in the car. They will be awaiting your return safely.
  • Talking about shoes - make sure to wear comfortable ones! You are going to spend more than three hours walking around. Choose shoes that will serve you well, regardless of how they look. In Auschwitz, nobody will have time or energy to think about fashion.
  • The weather in Poland is tricky and finicky. You can experience snow in the morning only to then have a nice, sunny and warm day. It is better to take an extra jacket than to regret it.

 

What else is available around Auschwitz?

If you want to look for more interesting tours and trips, check out our Krakow page. We have been operating from Krakow since 2003 and trust us - there is more to see than you can fit in a single visit! The best opportunity near Auschwitz and Birkenau to visit is Wieliczka Salt Mine. In fact, they go so great together, that we have a combo day trip that makes you visit both in the same day! So if Auschwitz&Birkenau Tour is for you but you want to see Wieliczka too, go and book that tour!

Trip Itnerary

  • 1
    Hotel pickup

    We will pick you up early from your hotel. It's usually around 6.00 - 8.00 a.m.

  • 2
    Transfer

    First we will go to Auschwitz during the ride you will watch the documentary about the Camp.

  • 3
    Auschwitz I Museum

    You will have 2-hour long tour in the camp which was the administrative headquarters of the complex.

  • 4
    Auschwitz II Birkenau

    After first part we will go to Birkenau camp where you will spend another 1-hour with a guide.

  • 5
    Transfer and hotel drop off

    Our service covers door-to-door transportation. That means You will be taken back to the hotel.

Please note that all times are approximate and depend on traffic conditions and guides availability.

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  • Niall profile avatar
    Niall
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    Very sobering day, everyone should visit this site. Guide was excellent and obviously very passionate about the place. Very good tour, well organised and value for money. Would not hesitate to recommend.

  • Kim profile avatar
    Kim
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    Very well organised tour. The video on the minibus gave an excellent insight into what happened in the concentration camps and then the tour guide provided more details. Everything ran exactly to time, the minibus was comfortable and clean. Highly recommended.

  • Paul profile avatar
    Paul
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    The tour operator was very good and spoke brilliant English. The bus driver picked us up on time. Easy booked and confirmed with an email. Highly recommend!

  • Kymberlou profile avatar
    Kymberlou
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    A very informative and educational tour, I booked this at 6 pm Friday evening, it was confirmed by 7.30 pm and we were picked up from our hotel the next morning. 100% recommended! Thank you.

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In Auschwitz I Museum You will join an English tour – provided by the Museum’s guide – for about 2 hours. After that, we will transfer You to Auschwitz II – Birkenau, which is about 2 km away. You will spend there about 1 hour with the same guide.

Please note that you must bring your ID or passport to enter Museum’s grounds.

Please note that this tour is not available on: 25th of December, 1st of January, Liberation Anniversary, Easter Saturday afternoon, Easter Sunday and March of the Living Day.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is the most well-known Nazi concentration camp, somehow a “point zero” for the history of other camps. Operating in 1940-1945, it ended up being the place of a massive extermination, not known to human history before. 1 million Jewish people were exterminated there, which also makes it the main place where Holocaust took place.

Auschwitz consisted of around 40 sub-camps, but the most tragic events happened in Auschwitz I (administrative headquarters) with Crematorium I and Birkenau (Auschwitz II) with crematoria II-V. The inmates in the first mass transport in June 1940 were political prisoners – Poles, there were around 700 of them. Ever since 1942 and Wannsee Conference, a massive transportation of Jews from all over Europe has started. Initially, Auschwitz was not a death camp and the first gassing was in September 1941 – it included Soviet soldiers and some of the most sick prisoners. The situation quickly changed, though.

Due to the great location of Oswiecim – the city where the camp was located – where railroad tracks from many places in Europe crossed their paths, it was possible to organise transports of Jews, Roma, Russians and various other nationalities. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the only Nazi concentration camp with such an organised number and tattooing system, which later allowed to estimate almost the exact number of prisoners/murdered there. There were around 1.3 million of inmates in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the 5 years of its existence, with approximately 1.1 million (mostly Jews) of them being killed.

We use a fleet of new Mercedes-Benz Vans and Minibuses. Our drivers are well trained and fully licesned for travel ground transportation. Our door to door service means that you will be pickup directly form your hotel and delivered to the same spot after the tour, for free.

Guides are local experts certified by the museum. Maximum group size is 30 people. You will be equipped with headphones to hear guide better in crowded areas.

On the way, we will serve you our delicious packed lunch set freshly prepared everyday including: chicken & pasta salad, cheese sandwich, chocolate wafer and bottle of water. We also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options so if you need one, please remember to add a remark in your booking form.

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We will pick you up and drive you back to your hotel or apartment.

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Documentary movie

On your way, you will watch a documentary introduction movie.

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Skip the lines

All admission fees and tickets are included so you don't have to worry about a thing and stand in the lines to buy the tickets.

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Lunch available

If you want to order a launch package during the tour please select this option during booking.

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Please note that the maximum size of bags and backpacks allowed to carry on the Museum grounds is 30 x 20 x 10 cm. You can always leave your belongings inside the bus which will be parked nearby. Your whole tour is operated by the same driver so you don’t need to worry about your bag being left behind.

Please note that this activity does not take place on: 25th of December, 1st of January, Liberation Anniversary, Easter Saturday afternoon, Easter Sunday and March of the Living Day. If you have any doubts about availability on any particular day, please do not hesitate to ask our staff about it!

Please note that for Balice airport/hotels near the airport pickup the additional fee is 70 PLN per booking.

Please note that you must present your ID at the entrance to the Museum. Otherwise you might be not allowed to enter and no refund will be given

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