Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
ul. Stanisławy Leszczyńskiej 11
32-600 Oświęcim (Auschwitz)
How to get there
The station Oświęcim is located approx. 2 km from the Memorial.
The nearest major cities on the European long-distance train network are Katowice and Krakow. More information can be found on the website of the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways).
Regional trains run between Katowice and Oświęcim. Between Krakow and Oświęcim there are bus and train connections. In some cases, there are direct buses to the memorial. You can find more information here.
The cities of Katowice and Krakow belong to the international long-distance bus network.
The nearest airport is in Krakow. There are regular flights between Vienna and Krakow.
The city of Oświęcim has a wide range of hotels, hostels and private accommodation, also in the immediate vicinity of the memorial site. The Oświęcim website contains information about available accommodation.
For school groups and study trips, we recommend the International Youth Meeting Centre, which also has educational offerings.
Visiting the Memorial
Visits to the memorial site (Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau) are free of charge. Due to the large volume of visitors, visitors are now only permitted to visit the memorial site without a guide at certain times. The memorial offers a wide selection of guided tours for individuals and groups. Due to their popularity, it is advisable to book guided tours online in advance. There is a charge for the guided tours.
To book a visit or to gain access to the site individually without a guide, please visit the website visit.auschwitz.org to acquire your tickets. Admission without a guide is generally possible after 4 p.m (subject to variation in autumn and winter). Select the date for your visit. The available slots for admission without a guide can be found at the bottom of the list.
The National Fund has no access to the museum’s booking system and cannot make such bookings or intervene in booking- related issues.
Information regarding for visits of to Auschwitz II-Birkenau: Free shuttle buses run regularly between the former main camp and Birkenau, approx. 2 km away.
Further information about visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and opening hours can be found here.
For groups (especially study and school groups), the museum offers a wide range of educational programmes. An overview can also be found on this flyer. Reservations for groups can also be made at visit.auschwitz.org (registration required).
Visiting the Austrian exhibition
Block 17, where the Austrian national exhibition is on display, is located in the grounds of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, in the former main camp. Access is therefore subject to the Museum’s general access regulations. The Austrian exhibition can also be visited independently following a mandatory guided tour of the memorial site. Additional services can be requested from the National Fund. Educational materials to prepare for a visit with school groups/young people are available for download on this website.