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start Auschwitz visit before the guided tour

I am planning trip to Poland from FRANCE.
we will travel by car .as the rules changed i have heard; since : jan 1 st 2018
does any one knows if it is possible to enter before the guided tour we join .at the time booked
since i want to stop at some spots to pray .


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I don't know the technical answer but I think your best bet is to book two separate times - one time for the guided tour and one time for a "Tour for individuals without an educator," which is offered before 10:00 and after 13:00 in January or after 16:00 in high season.

Also the museum portion is open earlier, from 7:30.

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On arrival at Auschwitz you pay an admission fee and will be told what time your guided tour starts as each are according to language (in your case French).

You are free to wander around at leisure but be certain to be at the spot you are told your guide will be on time otherwise you will quickly lose them. It gets very busy. A guide is essential really as it's not only Auschwitz, but also Birkenau camp which is a short bus ride away. The bus transport to Birkenau is included in the admission price.

Whilst there you might also like to visit Plaszow concentration camp which is situated very close to Krakow. Plaszow is best known as the camp where Amon Göth was Camp Commandant, featured in "Schindlers List". The house where Göth lived still stands and when i visited it was almost a ruin, but now appears they have renovated it.

Oskar Schindlers factory is also nearby on the edge of Krakow city and worth visiting. It is now a small museum.

If you haven't been to Krakow before then visit the "old town" part in the city centre.