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Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

1. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Krakow's Kazimierz district has a long Jewish history. From the medival times Jews were living around this district. The memory of this rich history are beautiful preserved synagogues, prayer houses and small shops located around Kazimierz. Your guide will walk with you around the famous Szeroka Street with Remu and Old Synagogue, old city walls, original Schindler’s factory in the city’s industrial district of Zabłocie and the Podgorze where Getto was located during World War II. In Podgorze you will have chance to see Pankiewicz Eagle's Pharmacy and Plac Bohaterow Getta square with memorial made of 68 chairs.

Krakow: Kazimierz, Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Kazimierz, Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Learn about the Jewish heritage of the city of Krakow on a guided tour. Start the tour outside the Old Synagogue in the Kazimierz district. This district has been home to the Jewish community for centuries. Explore the charming streets of this now trendy neighborhood with your guide, as you learn about the history of Jewish people in Krakow. Next, visit Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory. Learn about the horrors of the Holocaust, and Oskar Schindler's heroic efforts to save Jewish people from the concentration camps operated by the Nazi regime. Finally, make your way to the site of the former Jewish ghetto, where many Jews were forced to live during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Learn about the suffering and overcrowded conditions endured by the Jewish community. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the pharmacy "Under the Eagle", and the monument of 68 chairs in Heroes' Square.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

3. Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Kazimierz was once a Jewish district, and before World War II the Jewish culture flourished. But the area, and the neighbouring district of Podgórze, became the scene of Nazi devastation, with most of the remaining Jewish population fleeing following the war. However, since the late 1980s the area’s Jewish heritage has come back to life, the progress aided by the success of the Spielberg film, Schindler's List. Now, you can experience the history of this interesting district and see exactly why Spielberg chose it as the set for his Academy Award-winning movie. Wander through Kazimierz, then across the bridge to Podgórze to see Schindler’s factory and surviving remnants of the WWII ghetto. Along the way, you’ll see attractions such as the New Cemetery, a place where Krakow’s distinguished Jews were buried in the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll also visit the Old Synagogue, the oldest remaining example of Jewish architecture in Poland. Built in the early 1500s, the synagogue is now the site of many exhibitions devoted to Polish Judaism. Another highlight is Isaac’s Synagogue. While the renovation of this historic building is still in progress, it is quite possible the most interesting and beautiful Jewish monument in Krakow.

Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

4. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Most of Kazimierz is full of tourists, expensive restaurants and cozy hotels. You will find tons of galleries and antique shops. There are also beautifully preserved synagogues and Christian churches. And a whole lot of food trucks, cafes, street stalls with aromatic smells spreading around. There is also a lot of colorful street art and neglected, even deterrent tenement houses ... Thousands of scenes in hundreds of films were shot here. Kazimierz, however, is thoroughly permeated with the culture, history and life of Jews. Those who founded this city centuries ago formed a closed community and died in the Holocaust. Follow your guide along the famous Szeroka Street with Remu and the Old Synagogue, old city walls and tenement houses, towards Nowy Square and Podgórze where the ghetto was located during World War II. Explore and feel the legacy of Jewish culture that remains hidden in the maze of streets in a fashionable district.

Krakow: Kazimierz District Jewish Heritage Tour

5. Krakow: Kazimierz District Jewish Heritage Tour

The Holocaust almost totally destroyed the rich culture of Polish Jews. Almost. Experience a mixture of feelings — perhaps sadness, nostalgia, and hope, as you discover the rebirth of Krakow’s Jewish district on this guided afternoon tour. Meet your guide in one of the most interesting parts of Krakow, Kazimierz, the only Jewish city of medieval Europe that has survived to this day. Nowadays, Kazimierz is one of the most popular parts of Krakow, with a unique, bohemian atmosphere and a vibrant nightlife. As you walk through the area, talk with your guide about the co-existence of two cultures and religions, the traditions of Krakow’s Jews, their customs, and famous Poles of Jewish origin.   On numerous squares, surrounded by synagogues, and near the ghetto wall, learn about events that were important for Jewish history and culture. Together, you’ll search for answers to difficult questions that concern us all.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Former Ghetto Tour

6. Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Former Ghetto Tour

Having been established as a city on the island in close vicinity of Krakow, Kazimierz was supposed to become a competition to its neighbour – Krakow. The Jews who in the Middle Ages were prosecuted in the Western Europe started settling in Kazimierz and soon this city became a place of Jewish prosperity. It is here where you can find Jewish synagogues, cozy and tiny streets on which the hustle and bustle of Jewish life was prevailing before the catastrophe of WW2. See the oldest synagogue in Poland, trace the filming spots of the ‘Schindler’s List’ ,learn who are Ashkenazim and Sephardim, get to know Helena Rubinstein, Roman Polanski, Ludwick Zamenhof, and Maximilian Faktorowicz. Join us for 2.5-hour tour where we will discover the Jewish heritage in Krakow, get to know their traditions and exciting people who were creating the Jewish history in Poland.

Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

7. Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

Discover the historical area of Krakow with this electric golf cart tour of the Old Town. Drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz . Find out where the Jewish Ghetto was located. Listen to commentary on what you see with a handy audio guide. Be picked up from the meeting point and start your tour with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Krakow Old Town. Put on your headphones and listen as your audio guide provides context for what you see. Admire the vibrant Main Market Square. View the towering Renaissance-style old market space of the Cloth Hall. Marvel at the towering St. Mary's Church and the green space in Planty park. Cruise down narrow streets with many temples, universities, and charming houses. Appreciate splendid views of Wawel Castle, on the way to Kazimierz. Spend some time driving through the picturesque streets, old synagogues, cafes, and stalls of Kazimierz, the oldest district in the city.

Krakow: E-Car City Tour

8. Krakow: E-Car City Tour

Embark on a journey of discovery through Poland's capital city in an eco-friendly electric car. In the company of a professional, English-speaking driver, visit 3 of the city's most iconic historical districts in just 2 hours. Benefit from an audio guide available in 8 languages to help you understand the city's rich history. After meeting your driver, head to the Old Town. Admire the beauty of Wawel Castle, as well as many gorgeous churches and the bishop's palace, the Jagiellonian University, and many other historical buildings. Next, head over to the Jewish Quarter. Here, see a mix of breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings. Finish your tour in the former Jewish Ghetto, where you can see the remains of the Ghetto walls and Main Square as well as the iconic Oscar Schindler's Factory.

Krakow Jewish District Private Guided Tour

9. Krakow Jewish District Private Guided Tour

Discover Krakow's famous former Jewish Quarter in a more intimate setting with this private tour. After meeting your experienced local tour guide, start off by wandering down Szeroka Street, which was the centre of social life for the Jewish community in centuries gone by.  As you walk through Krakow's streets, visit several of its magnificent and stunning synagogues, including the Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue and Isaak Synagogue with the old Jewish cemetery and Krakow's 'Wall of Tears'. After taking in some of the city's beautiful synagogues, head to the streets of the former Jewish Quarter, which you may recognize from Steven Spielberg's 1993 film 'Schindler's List'.  The final part of the tour will take part in Krakow's former Jewish Ghetto. Explore some of the key locations, such as Ghetto Heroes Square, the famous Eagle's Pharmacy, which was owned by the ghetto's only non-Jewish resident. 

Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

10. Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

Discover the historical area of Krakow with this electric golf cart tour of the Old Town. Drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz. Find out where the Jewish Ghetto was located and listen to commentary on what you see with a handy audio guide. Begin your tour at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Krakow Old Town. Put on your headphones and listen as your audio guide provides context for what you see along the way. Admire the vibrant Main Market Square and view the towering Renaissance-style old market space of the Cloth Hall. See the impressive St. Mary's Church and the green space in Planty park. Cruise down narrow streets with many temples, universities, and charming houses. Appreciate splendid views of Wawel Castle on your way to Kazimierz. Spend some time driving through the picturesque streets, old synagogues, cafes, and stalls of Kazimierz.

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The guide have established varm and welcoming atmosphere in the group. Appropriate amount of information, number of stops and time for questions made the activity worth of recommending it to others.

Our guide, Krzysztof was wonderful, kind and intelligent, he gave us a very good, informative presentation with full of interesting details. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone.

Learnt a lot from our tour guide she was very friendly and knowledgeable! I would highly recommend having a tour guide around schindler factory! We learnt so much.

It was a free tour. So if or when you tip it's for the guide. he doesn't get money for the reservation with this app. The tour itself was .

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