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Witalij B Posted on 2:45 pm

Things you to know before visiting Auschwitz Birkenau

Practically everyone has heard about Auschwitz and Birkenau. It is a very specific place, above all,  a museum completely different from the others. Below are some tips on how to visit the former concentration camp.

auschwitz muzeum birkenau
photo: unsplash.com Jean Carlo Emer

In this article we will answers for most common questions like: 

  1. How long does it take to get to Auschwitz from Krakow?.
  2. Where is Auschwitz & Birkenau?
  3. Are Auschwitz and Birkenau the same place?
  4. Where to book tickets for auschwitz? 
  5. When should I Book the Auschwitz tour?
  6. How much is it to go to Auschwitz?
  7. Can I have a guide at Auschwitz museum? 
  8. Can I go to Auschwitz without a guide?
  9. Do I need to take an ID or passport with me?
  10. How long takes the visit Auschwitz?
  11. What is not allowed to take to the museum ?  
  12. Can you take photos inside Auschwitz?
  13. Is Auschwitz & Birkenau Indoors or Outdoors? 
  14. Does Auschwitz – Birkenau have toilets?
  15. What should I wear? 
  16. Can I eat something at Auschwitz?
  17. How far is Birkenau from Auschwitz?
  18. How to get to Birkenau from Auschwitz 

How long does it take to get to Auschwitz from Krakow?

Travel to the Auschwitz museum should take between 1,5 – 2 hours, however depending on the type of transport. To get there you may use a train, car, public bus or use a service of a local tour operator.

Where is Auschwitz & Birkenau?


Auschwitz and Birkenau is located in the small town of Oświęcim, which is around 60km from Krakow.

krakow to auschwitz

Are Auschwitz and Birkenau the same place?

 

There were two camps. Auschwitz I is located in the city of Oświęcim, Birkenau is only 3 km away in village Brzezinka.  

auschwitz concentration camp
photo: dw.com The complex system of camps in Auschwitz-Birkenau, including the outer camp of Monowitz

Where to book tickets for Auschwitz?

Tickets can be purchased online. You may also buy tickets at the museum box office. The number of tickets is very limited.

When should I Book the Auschwitz tour?

It is recommended to book tickets or tours in advance due to their limited number. Most importantly, tickets are available 3 months in advance, tours with local operators usually 12 months in advance.

⇒ Auschwitz & Birkenau Tour with guide

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photo: unsplash.com Jean Carlo Emer

How much is it to go to Auschwitz?

 

The cost of a guided tour is 75 PLN (approx. 18 EUR). You can  also enter Auschwitz for free without a guide. 

⇒ Here you can book tickets to Auschwitz

memorial museum auschwitz
photo: unsplash.com Jean Carlo Emer

Can I have a guide at Auschwitz museum?

The daily guided tour is available for instance in English, Polish, Italian, Spanish, German, French and Russian. There are also several language options during the season. Other guide languages are available on special request.

Can You go to Auschwitz without a guide?

It is possible to visit museums on your own.To do this, book a free tour or tickets for individual entrance. Advance booking is recommended. 

 ⇒ Book a Self Guided Tour here

Do I need to take an ID or passport with me? 

Do I need to take an ID or passport with me? 

Regarding the terms and conditions of Auschwitz, visitors must have an identity document with them to enter the museum. All tickets are personal. Certainly, before entering, tickets are verified with the guest’s document.

memorial museum auschwitz
photo: unsplash.com Jean Carlo Emer
photo: unsplash.com Jean Carlo Emer

How long takes to visit Auschwitz?

The basic tour of both camps usually takes around 3,5 hours. The tour is divided into 2 parts, first takes approximately 2 hours, second approximately 1,5 hours.   

What is not allowed to take to the museum ?

First of all, you will pass a security check before entering the first part (similar to the airport). It is not allowed to bring alcohol, metal or sharp objects, eat inside the museum. The maximum size of the luggage is 10x20x30 cm.

Can you take photos inside Auschwitz?

Firstly, taking pictures is allowed, but no flash in buildings. However, there are two places in Auschwitz where photos cannot be taken. Your guide will tell you exactly where. You will also see signs, so you will know that taking photos is not allowed here.

auschwitz muzeum birkenau
photo: unsplash.com Jean Carlo Emer

Is Auschwitz & Birkenau Indoors or Outdoors?

It’s important to know that there are two places to visit – Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau. In the first part, you will be inside the buildings practically all the time, because the tour mainly involves visiting the blocks. Just go from one to the other. The second part is different from the previous one. You spend over an hour outside all the time. All in all it is important to dress appropriately for the weather. 

Does Auschwitz - Birkenau Have Toilets?

Of course, there are toilets in Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau. You have to remember to take your money with you, because the toilets are paid.

What should i wear?

You should wear appropriately for the weather, but also remember that you have to respect the memorial place, as it is a cemetery.

Can I eat something at Auschwitz?

There are restaurants, but sometimes there is not enough time to eat. You’ll probably spend most of the day there, so it’s good to eat before you go and it’s okay to take some food with you.

auschwitz muzeum birkenau
photo: unsplash.com Jean Carlo Emer

How far is Birkenau from Auschwitz?

Birkenau is only 3 km from the Auschwitz Museum. 

How to get to Birkenau from Auschwitz

To get there and back you can use the museum bus which is free. Near the entrance to Auschwitz I there is a parking from which the bus departs. In Birkenau there is also parking for the bus. You will find it easily.

One thought on “Things you to know before visiting Auschwitz Birkenau

  1. Thank you for those tips, very useful. We already booked a tour to Auschwitz, waiting for may. Hope it will be open since that time!

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