Infamous sing 'Arbeit Macht Frei' in Auschwitz I Main Gate of Auschwitz II Birkenau Wooden Barracks of Birkenau Road to the Gas Chambers of Birkenau Sunset in Auschwitz II Birkenau

General Info about my Tours

Auschwitz is located about an hour driving from Krakow. There are 2 Camps to see: KL Auschwitz I and KL Auschwitz II Birkenau. General tour takes about 2 hours in Auschwitz I and 1,5 hour in Birkenau. When your tour around Auschwitz I is completed I drive you to the second Camp - Birkenau. It's located 2 miles driving from Auschwitz so we get there in a few minutes.

Auschwitz Museum and Memorial Site are open almost everyday. The only exceptions are: 1st January, 25th December , Easter Sunday and during 'The March of The Living' (no constant date). Visiting on 17th January (Liberation Anniversary) is possible however only with a private guide.

Museum is open from 8:00 am. I recommend you pick up in Krakow as early as possible (7 - 8 am). Museum Auschwitz is the most visited tourist destination in Souther Poland and very often there are more than 8 thousands visitors a day! It's really worth to wake up early and avoid all crowds and queues. If early pick up is not possible You can consider afternoon tour (pick up after 1 - 2 pm). Please note that late afternoon option is available only during summer months when Auschwitz and Birkenau are open until 6 - 7 pm.

Sightseeing former Death Camps in Auschwitz and Birkenau is a very personal experience therefore I offer You 3 sightseeing options. Below you can find my recommendations based on my long-term experience. I hope you find them helpful.

Guided Group: A good option for smaller parties (up to 5 people) due to affordable ticket cost. If you prefer to listen to the guide instead of individual reading info from plaques and guide book it would be a good option for you. If reading Polish, English or Hebrew language is not your strong point it's also better to join a guided tour which is available in many languages. A disadvantage of this option is lack of flexibility and being a part of larger group.

Private Guide: If your party is consisted from 6 and more people it's cheaper and more convenient to hire private guide. This option offers more flexibility and personal contact with your guide. The problem is availability during high season. If you book a tour just few days before its date I don't quarantee it will be possible. Sometimes it's necessary to depart extremely early in the morning or late afternoon.

Individual Tour: In my opinion this is the most appropriate way of sightseeing Auswitch. For Polish/English/Hebrew language reading people is extremely informative as well. This option offers total flexibility. You also don't pay any entry fees. Disadvantage is smaller choice of pick up times during high season and no access to the watch tower at Birkenau.

Below you can find more details about each option. If you'd have any other question or suggestion regarding your trip to Auswitch please feel free to contact me.

From 2nd January 2015, you can pre-book entry passes and pay for guide service using official Auschwitz booking system
If you plan to visit Auschwitz in a high season ( April - October ) or during weekend, I highly recommend to book in advance. You can make reservation 3 months up front at the earliest.

Guided Group

Guided Group in Birkenau

After an hour drive with my comfy minivan we arrive to KL Auschwitz I. Please remember that any bags etc. bigger then 30x20x10cm are not allowed in Museum, and you should leave them in vehicle. There is also security check scanning for metal objects and electronic devices so you will have to put them all on tray like at the airport.

If you plan your visit in Auschwitz in a high season, you should have your entry passes already purchased through official reservation website
I will enter with you to explain where to pay for headesets (5PLN per person) and meet the guide.

Wireless headsets are provided to listen to the guide loud and clear even if she/he is not next to you. Usually there are 20 - 30 people in a group. During summer time is worth to join first tour (9:30 am) which is not so busy.

Regular ticket for a guided tour in foreign language (English, Italian, French, German, Italian and Spanish) cost 40 PLN per person. Reduced ticket for student and senior citizens costs 30 PLN per person. Please note once you pay for guided group tour using official Auschwitz website, you pay 35PLN (or 25PLN) per person. Missing 5PLN for headsets, is paid on the day by cash or card at Museums' cashier.

Usually You spend 1 hour 45 minutes in Auschwitz one. Guide moves quite fast so there is no time for taking many pictures, meditating or visiting places of your choice. After short break You meet me at the car park. I drive You to Birkenau where you meet your guide and group again.

Tour around Birkenau lasts about 1,5 hour. When it's completed You meet me back at the car park and we depart to Krakow or another destination agreed before.

Private Guide

Thomas explaining the tourist route

If you'd like to be guided around by a private guide you must plan your visit far in advance. Please note that for high season, all terms gets almost fully booked within few hours after system opens reservation which is 3 months up front. To book a private guide you need to select 'Visit for Groups' at website.

Hiring private guide for General Tour costs 300 PLN (parties up to 10 people), 400PLN (parties from 11 to 20 people) or 450PLN (group from 21 to 30 people). If there are 11 and more people in a group it's required to rent headsets (5PLN per person). Headsets are also recommended for groups consisted from 7-10 persons if your visit takes place during 'peak hours'.

General tour lasts 2 hours in Auchwitz and up to 1,5 hour in Birkenau. In most of the cases is more than enough however for historians and people particularly interested in Auschwitz there is also one day study tour that lasts 6 hours.

Payment for a guide and headsets (if needed) is made in advance via official reservation system.

Individual Tour

Guide Book and Information Plaques in Auschwitz

Sightseeing on your own is free of charge, however you still need an entry pass, you can get from official reservation website Please select 'Visit for Indviduals' and then 'Tour for Individuals without an Educator' on chosen date and time.

After arrival to Auschwitz I enter with you Museum to explain you on the Map where to go and what to see. Then you go around on your own.

All information you should know about Auschwitz and Birkenau are displayed on special plaques you can find every 10 - 15 yards on the tourist route. Information are in 3 languages: Polish, English and Hebrew.

As a supplement to information plaques, you can buy a small guide book in your language (costs only 5PLN). In a guide book you can find brief descriptions about exhibitions you visit plus maps of Auschwitz and Birkenau with marked tourist route.

To see all 'must see' places in Auschwitz you need about 2 hours. If you need more time it's not a problem. I will adapt tour itinerary to your needs. When your tour around Auschwitz is done we drive to the the second Camp - Birkenau where again I enter with you Camp to explain on the map where to go and what to see. Duration of tour around Birkenau is flexible. In most of the cases 1,5 hour is enough to see all important site in that Camp.

Entrance to Auschwitz and Birkenau is free of charge so there are no any extra costs when you choose that option. Please note that from April to October this option has limited availability.

Due to Auschwitz Museum regulation all visitors entering Auschwitz area between 10am and 3pm must go around in a guided tour (or private guide) therefore we must arrive before 10am or after 3pm. To make it possible pick up time in Krakow should be at the latest 8:30AM or after 2PM.