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Advice on visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

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1. Posted by Foxilocks (Budding Member, 3 posts) 23 Oct '12 21:22

Hi all!

Next year my husband and i are heading off on our honeymoon through Amsterdam, Scandinavia, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic - so I predict this may be the first of many "Help me!!" posts :)

We are looking to stay in Krakow and visit Auschwitz-Birkenau camps but I am having trouble finding a decent tour (we will be there round early January 2014, so winter, which I think is my issue).

Can anyone suggest a tour or share thier experiences?

Thanks a bunch :)
Sam

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3596 posts) 24 Oct '12 01:31

We just picked up a tour on arrival at Auschwitz; we didn't book anything in advance. The tour included a short film and then a tour of the site and took around 3 hours.

You can get a public bus from Krakow main bus station which drops you right outside Auschwitz - as far as I remember they fun fairly regularly and the journey takes around 1.5 hours. There is a train too but the station is a bit of a walk from the site.

We were also in Krakow in winter - it's pretty but wrap up warm!

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4. Posted by Cassi (Respected Member, 5 posts) 24 Oct '12 21:41

Does anyone recommend a guided tour from Krakow? or is it better just to find a tour once you arrive on site at Auschwitz?

I am looking to go in June 2013, and haven't booked anything yet but want to start figuring out details!

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Oct-2012, at 21:42 by Casafrass ]

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3596 posts) 25 Oct '12 01:16

I don't think there's any need to book a tour from Krakow - everyone just seemed to pick up the tour on site, unless of course you want the convenience of transport to and from your hotel/hostel in Krakow.