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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Auschwitz-Birkenau Self-Guided Visit from Krakow...
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Oswiecim
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Established by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. Although the exact number of victims is unknown, many Jews, Poles and gypsies died here. The museum consists of two parts: Auschwitz I, the first and oldest camp (the number of prisoners fluctuated around 15,000, sometimes rising above 20,000) and Auschwitz II, Birkenau (which held more than 90,000 prisoners in 1944). The greater part of the apparatus of mass extermination was built in Birkenau and the majority of the victims were murdered there.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is a must-see for anyone passing through the area. My guide was very knowledgeable and gave insight to the history of each location we visited. I highly recommend you book your tickets in advance if you are booking the trip on your own.

Thank Emily T
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I think it is best to book a tour in the city and not attempt to do the museum solo unless you go really early. The museum allows individuals to go inside but without a tour I thought the experience wasn't as powerful. I arrived around 11:00AM and was allowed into the museum but didn't have a guided tour. My friends that did sign up for a tour, said that it was a bit rushed but they gained more knowledge about the tragic history in this location.

Thank ASHLEY H
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Everyone knows exactly what happened in the Third Reich and at Auschwitz. It was one of humanity's darkest hours. It was truly a day for reflecting and what you see and experience will stay with you long after your visit. There is a lot preserved as the museum officially opened in 1947, just a few years after the atrocities that occurred. It was a lot of walking so be prepared and wear comfortable shoes. We went with a tour and while it was great to have someone explain the sites, I feel as though we only skimmed the surface in our 3 hours there. I'd love to go back and spend a day here seeing and reading everything but it is probably too immense even for one full day. I will forever be haunted by physically seeing the 1000s of shoes taken from prisoners who would later be murdered. Knowing each pair once belonged to a free and innocent human being who was brutally abused and murdered is just...unbearable. I am glad we went to experience and remember what happens when racism and xenophobia stoke the flames of violent ideologies. It is so vitally important to see and experience such atrocities so we can call out the racists and xenophobes who still somehow think they can claim it was propaganda. Please go if you are in Poland and please share and spread what you experience to everyone so it may never happen again.

Thank Jason B
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Wow!! This is one of the most emotional places I have ever visited. The remains of people’s (yes peoples) property. To be able to walk in the path taken by so many people all because of their culture/ religion.
I believe that everyone needs to visit Auschwitz to understand that the Holocaust DID happen. I defy anyone not to be moved by a visit here.
Please visit Auschwitz if you are in Poland. If you use a local tour they will also take you to Birkenau just as emotional!

Thank Andy J
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

It is very touching, personal experience to see what happened there. But the crew of the Museum do all is possible to lead you through it.

Thank Ptaszka
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