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A Guide to Auschwitz-Birkenau Opening Hours

Today

Open 7:30 AM–6 PM

Auschwitz concentration camp

Auschwitz is open to visitors from 7:30 am. The closing hours vary depending on the month.

Jan 1 TO Jan 31 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Jan 31)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday7:30 AM–3:00 PM4:30 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM–3:00 PM4:30 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM–3:00 PM4:30 PM
Thursday7:30 AM–3:00 PM4:30 PM
Friday7:30 AM–3:00 PM4:30 PM
Saturday7:30 AM–3:00 PM4:30 PM
Sunday7:30 AM–3:00 PM4:30 PM

Feb 1 TO Feb 28 Timings

Days (Feb 1 TO Feb 28)

TIMINGS
Monday7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Sunday7:30 AM–4:00 PM

Mar 1 TO Mar 31 Timings

Days (Mar 1 TO Mar 31)

TIMINGS
Monday7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday7:30 AM–5:00 PM
Auschwitz-Birkenau opening hours

Auschwitz is closed on:

  • January 1
  • December 25
  • Easter.



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Best time to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp

Weekday vs Weekend

  • Weekdays are generally better for visiting Auschwitz as weekends tend to be more crowded. Weekdays offer a quieter atmosphere, allowing for a more contemplative visit.
  • Additionally, weekdays might provide slightly shorter queues and easier access to tours and exhibits, enhancing the overall experience. 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Pleasant
Crowded
Very Crowded

Peak season vs Low season

  • The period from June to August marks the peak tourist season at Auschwitz, drawing large crowds. The low season (December-February) is quieter but considerably cold.
  • So, opt for visits during the mid-season of spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) for a comfortable and peaceful experience. These times offer fewer tourists and pleasant weather.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Off Season
Moderate Season
Peak Season

How long should you spend at Auschwitz-Birkenau?

Plan to dedicate at least half a day, if not more, to explore Auschwitz properly and to fully immerse yourself in its history and the stories it holds.

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I

Auschwitz I, the main camp, typically requires 2 to 3 hours to explore. Here, you'll find the original camp buildings, exhibitions, and the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate.

Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Auschwitz II-Birkenau

Birkenau, the larger part of the complex, also deserves around 2.5 to 3 hours. This is where you'll see the iconic train tracks, barracks, and the vast expanse that once held countless prisoners.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum

Allocate 30 minutes to an hour at the museum located near the entrance. It provides essential context and houses numerous exhibits, documents, and personal belongings of the victims.

Frequently asked questions about Auschwitz-Birkenau opening hours

What are the Auschwitz-Birkenau opening hours?

The Auschwitz-Birkenau opening hours vary based on the month. The opening hours are 7:30 AM to 2 PM in December, 7:30 AM to 3 PM in January & November, 7:30 AM to 4 PM in February, 7:30 AM to 5 PM in March & October, 7:30 AM to 6 PM in April, May, & September, and 7:30 AM to 7 PM in June, July, & August.

Is Auschwitz-Birkenau open every day?

Yes, Auschwitz-Birkenau is open seven days a week except for January 1, December 25, and on Easter.

When is Auschwitz-Birkenau closed?

Auschwitz-Birkenau is closed on January 1, December 25, and on Easter.

What is the best time to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau?

The best time to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau is on weekdays as soon as the facility opens at 7:30 AM. This allows you to skip the tourist rush.

Is Auschwitz-Birkenau open on public holidays?

Yes, Auschwitz-Birkenau is open on public holidays except January 1, December 25, and Easter.

Should I visit Auschwitz-Birkenau on a public holiday?

Auschwitz-Birkenau entry is restricted by reservations in advance. You can expect a considerable number of tourists on holidays.

What are the Auschwitz-Birkenau opening hours for public holidays?

Auschwitz-Birkenau opening hours on public holidays remain the same as the regular timings.