A trip to the Birkenau Museum brings together the history of the Nazi cruelty and the harrowing fate of the victims of the Holocaust, reminding of the most poignant event in the history of mankind. During the visit, you will see the most important objects in Birkenau, the former Auschwitz III Camp in Monowice and the Monument called The Fountain of Tears, which is described as a “sculptured dialogue of suffering between the Holocaust and the crucifixion”.
Your trip will include a visit to the Birkenau Camp and Monowitz Camp, a visit to the Fountain of Tears and a brochure with a map for easy sightseeing. You will also get a lunchbox and watch a related documentary.
1. This is a regular tour (group sightseeing).
2. Tour duration: up to 7 hours (Mondays and Fridays up 9 hours).
3. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum allows you to bring a hand luggage item with maximum dimensions of 30 ˣ 20 ˣ 10 centimetres (11.8 ˣ 7.8 ˣ 3.9 inches). In case of larger luggage, please contact us before the tour.
4. Due to the nature of the tour (visiting the site of a former extermination camp), the participants are requested to respect the memory of the dead by dressing and behaving appropriately.
5. The guide is not provided during the visit inside the Museum.
6. Auschwitz-Birkenau is an open-air museum, where the weather can change rapidly. Therefore, the participants are required to bring warm, waterproof clothing (e.g. sweaters, jackets, umbrellas) and sun-protective items (e.g. hats, caps, sunglasses).
7. The participants will be walking on a ground which becomes muddy in case it rains. Therefore, they should wear comfortable, waterproof shoes.
8. Only pay toilets are available around the museum.
9. It is not recommended that children under 14 visit the Museum and the exhibition.
The Birkenau Camp was the largest part of the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration Camp. In 1939, as a result of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, the western territories of the country, including Auschwitz (Oświęcim), were incorporated into the Third Reich. The Birkenau Camp very quickly became a place of mass extermination and the largest German extermination Camp. The prisoners of the Birkenau Camp were forced to live in 30 brick and about 250 wooden barracks. It was here where most of the Nazi victims died, totalling over 1.1 million people. The Jewish population suffered about 90% of the deaths, with people transported to the camp from all German-occupied, European countries and from those remaining in the sphere of German influence. The prisoners died in a painful, humiliating way, watching their loved ones die along with them.
During the tour of Birkenau, tourists will see the main gas chambers and crematoria, the largest barracks and the Judenrampe – a railway ramp, used for unloading wagons in which Nazis transported prisoners from all over Europe.
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