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Practical information

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The Museum of Auschwitz & Auschwitz Birkenau are the only two concentration camps to of been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Auschwitz is listed there under the official name of “Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi concentration and extermination camp." The Auschwitz Museum consists now of two camps, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. In order to understand and appreciate this place, its size and history, it is recommended to visit both parts of the museum. The standard tour should take about 3.5-4 hours (including both camps). The distance between Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II is approximately 3.5 km. During the season, i.e. from 15 April to 31 October, a free shuttle bus runs between them. There are also  taxis stood outside the main entrance to the museum ready to drive you to Birkenau and back again. If you have your own car with you, then you can drive to Birkenau by turning right when you leave the main car park of the museum and following the little brown signs. There is a car park outside the main gate to Birkenau even if it is often too small, in such cases then you can park along the road side. You can also walk from Aucshwitz I to Auschwitz II, even if there is normally enough walking to be done on this day.

The museum is open to visitors every day of the year, except January 1, the first day of Easter and 24th.& 25th of December.

Museum Opening Hours:

  • 8:00 - 15:00 from December to February
  • 8:00 - 16:00 in March and November
  • 8:00 - 17:00 in April and October
  • 8:00 - 18:00 in May and September
  • 8:00 - 19:00 June, July and August

Admission to both camps for individual visitors is free. However, during peak periods you may need to join a guided tour, or you will not be permitted to enter Auschwitz I. This is normally the case in the summer season if you arrive after 10:00am. This is due to the number of people visiting the camp every day and so that the camp can maintain a higher standard for those whom are visiting.

There are three different types of official tours of Auschwitz arranged by the museum. Most tourists choose the standard tour, lasting for about 3,5 hours, however, in addition, there is also a one and a two-day study tour available for those of you who are more interested in the events that have taken place in here.

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Standard Tours

Prices for the standard guided tours:

Guided Tours in Polish:

  • 26.00zł Normal ticket
  • 19.00zł Reduced ticket

Guided tours in a foreign language:

  • 39.00zł Normal ticket
  • 28.00zł Reduced ticket

 

Time for the standard guided tours in the period (1st XI 31.III):

  • Polish: 11.45, 13.20
  • English: 10.30, 11.30, 13.20
  • German, Italian, French, Spanish: 12.20

This tour lasts approximately 4 hours. It is important to be at the museum at least 30 minutes before your guided tour should start as it often takes time to buy the tickets for the tour. If you see that you are too late, then you can still ask to join the guide after the short documentary has finished, this is normally not a problem.


The price of the standard tour includes a guided tour of the former camps of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and a short documentary. Furthermore the rental of headset's needed for the tour and the transit bus between the two camps are included.

The documentary, is shown at the camp cinema in two languages:

  • Polish: 11.30
  • English: 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00

 

Standard tour for groups and individuals at other times than those specified above:

Polish language :

  • A group of up to 10 persons. : 161zł,
  • A group of 11-30 people. : 182zł

Foreign languages:

  • A group of up to 10 people. : 243zł,
  • A group of 11-30 people. : 275zł

Included in the standard tour is a guided tour of some of the permanent exhibitions located in Auschwitz I and the surroundings area of the camp, including the gas chamber I, directly outside of the camp. In addition, you will be taken to Auschwitz II- Birkenau where you will be shown around a few of the wooden barracks, unloading ramp, and the ruins of the gas chambers II and III.

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STUDY DAY TOURS

The one day study tours are a more in-depth look at the camp, where you are given more options to how much, you can see. The in depth tour is recommended by us, but you can also look at many of these things, yourself with just a little planing of your trip.

Included in the one day study tours:

  • General tour (Auschwitz), with the option to extend this tour to include elements of the exhibitions dedicated to Jewish martyrdom (block 27) and the Poles (block 15)
  • General tour of Birkenau, again with the option to extend this tour to selected objects associated with the mass extermination of Jews (the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria IV and V, "Canada", "Sauna", and Bunker No. 2.)
  • The length of your visit will be about 6 hours.

 

Prices for the one day study tour:

  • A group of up to 10 people: 254zł, (Polish language)
  • A group of 11-30 people: 286zł (Polish language)
  • A group of up to 10 people: 400zł (foreign language)
  • A group of 11-30 people: 474zł (foreign language)

Two-day study tour

The two-day study tour is an in-depth study of the camp and includes much of the detail, there is no time for on the standard tour. This is an option manly for people that are very interested in the history of the second world war. However, for most people on holiday then this option is too much and does consume more time than often wanted to spend here.

First day:

The first day is spent on a specialized study of the permanent exhibitions in  Auschwitz I and the site of the camp.

Second day:

The second day is spent surveying the living conditions in Birkenau Concentration Camp (barracks, washrooms, latrines), selected sites in Birkenau associated with the mass extermination of Jews. (The unloading ramp, the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria IV and V, "Canada" "Sauna," or Bunker No. 2). Judenrampe Alte and the area where the first gas chamber was located, the so-called Red House. This tour last for approximately eight hours over two days.

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Price for the two day study tour:

  • A group of up to 10 people. : 332zł(Polish)
  • A group of 11-30 people. : 372zł (Polish)
  • A group of up to 10 people. : 494zł, (foreign language)
  • A group of 11-30 people. : 566zł (foreign language)

 

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