Auschwitz – Birkenau

Museum & Memorial

Self Guided Tour

General information

Auschwitz-Birkenau (1941 – 1945) was the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. Located in German-occupied southern Poland, it took its name from the nearby town of Oświęcim, situated within the range of about 25 kilometers from Katowice, and 280 kilometers from Warsaw. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I – the administrative centre, Auschwitz II (Birkenau) – an extermination camp, and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) – a work camp. In 1990, the figure of the people killed in the camp was placed at 1.1 million.

About 90 percent of them were Jews from almost every European country. Most of the dead were killed in gas chambers using Zyklon B; other deaths were caused by systematic starvation, forced labor, lack of disease control, individual executions, and the so-called medical experiments. At the end of the war, the SS made great efforts to destroy what remained of the camp, burn the archives, and murder all the people they referred to as the „Bearers of Secrets”. Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour gives you an opportunity to learn about holocaust and see one of the most terrifying but also touching places in the World.

Needed information

The guidebook contains basic information on the history of Auschwitz and clearly presents the exposure and routes of visiting the territories of former camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Situation plans, numbered exhibits and photographs allow for quick and easy finding of descriptions of visited places.

Guidebook consists of two parts.

The first part reconstructs the approved order of visiting along the route of the main exhibition (blocks: 4, 5, 6, 7, 11) and the most important places such as: crematorium, gas chamber, courtyard of block 11, barrack square and the place of execution of the first KL Auschwitz commander - Rudolf Höss. There is also a description of national exhibitions presenting the fate of deported persons from various countries of occupied Europe.

The second part of the guidebook presents the functions of Auschwitz II-Birkenau and describes particular sections the camp was divided into, as well as places directly connected to Holocaust: the so-called ramp, where the SS doctors were performing selections, ruins of gas chambers and crematoria II, III, IV and V, areas where human ashes were scattered and warehouses with property seized from Jews, victims of mass Holocaust.

Our tour leader will give you the guidebook ,  and will show you where the tour starts and finish.

Visiting both parts of The Museum will take about 3 hours

Booking form

Price list

1 person 250 PLN 64 Euro
2 people 170 PLN / person 45 Euro / person
3 people 150 PLN / person 38 Euro / person
4 people and more 140 PLN / person 36 Euro / person


Available languages:
Polski, Čeština, English, Deutsch, 中文, Français, Suomi, Ελληνικά, Español, Nederlands, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk, Português, Русский, Svenska, Magyar, Italiano, Український, Türk

Tour price includes: guide in Polish or foreign language (languages available at each tour), tickets, equipment rental needed for sightseeing, pick up and drop off service, English speaking tour leader, Katowice Map & Guide.

Entrance only with  guide after pre-booking

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