From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 7 hours
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Would highly recommend this minivan trip to Auschwitz. We had chosen to be picked up at 11am but were contacted the evening before by our driver to say he would collect us at 8am instead, which wasn't a problem for us. We were collected from our apartment on time, the driver spoke great English and wore a mask. The minivan was modern and clean. We collected another family then set off to Auschwitz. It was a pleasant drive and everyone wore masks. Upon arrival at Auschwitz our driver took us through the entry point where we were handed over to a museum guide. She was fabulous, had lots of knowledge and was very respectful. The pace was ideal for us, we didn't feel rushed. We had a 10min break to eat the lunch we had brought with us then went back to our driver who took us to Auschwitz 2 where the same museum guide was waiting for us. After being shown around here our driver was waiting outside for us and took us back to Krakow.
It's really hard even writing this review. I knew about the events that took place here before going but I had no idea of the actual scale of the place. I would recommend 2 days as birkenau is a massive site. It is worth the visit but be prepared as its extremely hard to visit. I'm a relatively big guy and even I cried walking round at the horrors that took place here.
I advise you to visit the museum only with a guide. Ours was wonderful, without him I would not have been able to fully feel the atmosphere of this place. There are also several bookstores near the museum, where you can buy books in different languages.
We had the best time. Alicja was an amazing guide and we even booked her for another day around Krakow and the Salt Mines. Everything was organised brilliantly and anything we wanted Alicja made sure that it happened. Couldn’t fault the experience!
Auswitch and Birkenau. It was a touching experience. Paul, the driver, told us a lot about history, very interesting. We had a little book explaining the place as well as the guide.