All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by Germans in 1940, in the suburbs of Oswiecim, a Polish city that was annexed to the Third Reich by the Nazis. Its name was changed to Auschwitz, which also became the name of Konzentrationslager Auschwitz.
The direct reason for the establishment of the camp was the fact that mass arrests of Poles were increasing beyond the capacity of existing “local” prisons. The first transport of Poles reached KL Auschwitz from Tarnów prison on June 14, 1940. Initially, Auschwitz was to be one more concentration camp of the type that the Nazis had been setting up since the early 1930s. It functioned in this role throughout its existence, even when, beginning in 1942, it also became the largest of the death camps.
The Museum Auschwitz Birkenau is open all year long, seven days a week, except January 1, December 25, and Easter Sunday. You can start the visit in the following hours*:
7:30 AM – 2:00 PM December
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM January, November
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM February
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM March, October
7:30 AM – 6:00 PM April, May, September
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM June, July, August
Admission to the grounds of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial is free of charge, however we are offering a special opportunity to join others in “tours” of the Memorial during these hours. The entry to the Auschwitz I site will be exclusively on a guided, group basis from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the period from April 1 to October 31, 2017.
Fee for guided tours for individuals in groups:
Polish language: 25 zloty (reduced fee: 20 zloty)
Other languages: 40 zloty (reduced fee: 30 zloty)
Groups in English:
April and October: every hour between 10.30 and 15.30
May-September: every 30 minutes between 9.30 – 15.30
Groups in German and French:
April, October: 12.00
May-September: 10.30 , 12.15 , 13.30
Groups in Italian and Spanish:
April, October: 12.00
May-September: 10.30 , 11.45 , 13.30 (Italian) / 10.00 , 12.00 , 14.00 (Spanish)
Transfer to and from Auschwitz in a modern, air-conditioned car, pick up from any other place in Cracow and return, parking and motorway fees, professional services of licensed transport company.
Duration of the trip: about 6 hours.
Because of huge interest, we recommend booking trip in advance.