Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour from Krakow


42 EUR

This tour takes you on a sombre journey to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Your professional local guide will lead you through the former concentration camp and inform you about its origins, history and the everyday lives of its prisoners.

Duration: 7.5 hours
    Available in
  • English


  • Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau former concentration camp with an expert English-speaking guide
  • Learn about the origins of the camp and its inglorious history
  • Hear sombre stories about the everyday lives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners


The Auschwitz-Birkenau complex is one of the most notorious concentration camps in the world. Approximately 2.5 million prisoners of war from all over Europe were deported to the camp during its five inglorious years of operation, and an estimated 1.5 million people were killed there as part of the Nazi genocide of World War II.

In 1979, Auschwitz-Birkenau was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world walk through the camp’s gate that bears the deceptive slogan ‘arbeit macht frei’ (work sets one free).

This tour includes a visit to Auschwitz I (the administrative centre) and Auschwitz II-Birkenau (designed and constructed as an extermination facility). The entire complex comprises approximately 150 buildings and 300 ruins. The original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps have also been preserved.

Additional info
The maximum size of backpacks or handbags allowed in the museum is 30x20x10. Please leave your bags on the bus.

The meeting point is 8 Plac Szczepański. We also provide free hotel pick up, but please contact us at least 24 hours before the tour to make arrangements.

What’s included & not included

  • Free hotel pick up and drop off
  • Entry fees
  • Professional local guide
  • Documentary screening about the camp on the bus
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips/gratuities

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Meeting point

8 Plac Szczepański, or hotel pick up after confirmation

Reviews from travellers (13)


Quite good tour
The tour was quite good overall. The time schedule was more or less what it was supposed to be. The tour guide was informative in general but after some time I felt she was repeating herself and i was not getting new information. In Birkenau (second part of the tour) we had no headphones which made things a bit more difficult but it was still ok. One remark, is about the pick-up from the hotel feature of the tour. I asked if it was possible to be picked up from my hotel and i was told it is not possible which was not a problem for me. Same thing happened with more people i guess. If you cannot offer pick up from the hotel, you should not advertise it as something definite but something possible.
Great tour
Great tour, wonderful driver and guides!
Interesting and important experience
The guide was very knowledgeable and did a good job of conveying the gravity of the situation as well as highlighting the experience of the prisoners. This is a sad but thought-provoking tour that everyone should participate in if they have the chance.
A must for everyone visiting Krakow
A very thoughtful visit the tour guide was very interesting and delivered the information with respect for the people who were affected. Would visit again if we return to Krakow.
Well done!
Definitely a 5-star rating for the guided tour. Really well done. I absolutely recommend it!
5 stars
We had a wonderful tour guide and a darn good driver! Both very pleasant. My daughter and I enjoyed the trip very much.
Excellent. Very engaged guide on a fascinating place.
We were very impressed with the tour. And would certainly recommend it to others.
We booked through the hotel on arrival into Krakow to go to Auschwitz and the Salt Mines. It was brilliant value for money and we thoroughly enjoyed the trips. Auschwitz was very emotional but something that everyone should visit if they get the chance. The Salt Mines were amazing although be aware of the 380 steps down straight away and then a couple of hundred after. You do get a lift up (thank god).
We were picked up from hotel at 8am for Auschwitz and Birkenau. We were shown around by a guide with the added advantage of headphones with her delivering her facts of the sites. On the coach you watched a video of the insight of the atrocities of the Holocaust. This was a very moving tour and very well organised. It was quite emotional walking around the various buildings and trying to imagine what awful experiences these prisoners undertook. Everything was original which made the experience so moving. Seeing the shoes and personnel belonging s of the innocent people that were led to their death. We were then taken by coach to the Birkenau camp. I found the feeling of that place different from Austwitz as you see from old photos and films the people getting off the trains and being separated from their loved ones and being sent to different parts of the camp. We were shown the bunk beds where several people had to share them with various diseases waiting for their death. The wash rooms and toilets. So many of the buildings have gone but you still get that feeling of poignant insight into the Holocaust. This took about five hours all in all and very rewarding experience.
Ask at your hotel for a guided tour ( don't be tempted to get a man in a cab taking you there). Discover Krakow - Day Tours . Were brilliant . The air conditioned coach picked you up from your hotel at the time they said they would. Staff spoke perfect English. Dropped you off at (in our case The Salt Mines). You had a sticker so you knew your group. and which coach to get on after the tour. Done all the tour tickets ( price was included in picking you up tour admission and dropping you off again). Arranged your guided tour spoken in your language ( ours was English ). You felt safe and well looked after. Very impressed and highly professional.
The staff were very good for this tour. From the angelic faced tour guide on the bus, best looking girl in Poland to the very detailed tour guide. We had a informative video on the bus ride there. We then visited both large camps, the first with the gas chambers and then the main camp with the brick buildings and SS HQ. Its horrific historical knowledge but has to be visited if your in the area.
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