Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
ul. Stanisławy Leszczyńskiej 11
32-600 Oświęcim (Auschwitz)

How to get there

by train

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.

by bus

The cities of Katowice and Krakow belong to the international long-distance bus network.

by plane

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 are free of charge. Due to the large volume of visitors, visitors are now only permitted to visit the memorial site at the former main camp 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.

Admission to Birkenau without a guided tour is also free of charge. 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.

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.