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Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

1. 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: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

2. Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

The joys of this tour lie not only in what you will discover but also in the simple pleasures of biking through the beautiful gardens, along the lazy Vistula river, and through the colorful streets of Kazimierz. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness. There are plenty of stops for historical explanations and photo opportunities. The duration of the bike tour is 4 to 4.5 hours, including a 45-minute break for lunch at a traditional Polish restaurant where you can order anything from pirogies to Żurek, a sour wheat soup. The city bike tour begins every day under the Adam Mickiewicz statue in the main market square. 

Krakow Vistula River Cruise

3. Krakow Vistula River Cruise

Sit back and relax on a cruise along the Vistula River in Krakow. Take this unique opportunity to see Krakow from a different perspective. It begins at the bottom of the Wawel Hill and takes you along the Vistula boulevards, past famous churches and other Krakow attractions.  You will have a loudspeaker in English and Polish so you have the opportunity to hear historical information on Krakow’s history and the sights you will pass by in the boat.  Starting from Wawel Hill traveling up the river, you will pass famous places including: Wawel Castle, Old Town, Church on the Rock, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Schloss Wartenberg, Podgorze and Kazimierz.

Krakow: Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

4. Krakow: Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

Start your journey at Przystan Wawel near the Grunwaldzki Bridge, where you will board a cruise boat. Cruise along the Vistula River and take in the breathtaking views of the city. Pass by Wawel Castle, the Church on the Rock, Norbertine Monastery, Podgorze, and Kazimierz. Enjoy audio guide commentary in Polish or English as you learn historical information about Krakow's history and the important landmarks and sights you are passing. Take the chance to purchase drinks and snacks at the bar on board.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

5. Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Visit one of the most important and popular museums in Krakow at Oskar Schindler's with your professional guide. Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war at the exhibition "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation" Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the "Pod Orłem" pharmacy, and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs.

Krakow: Gondola Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

6. Krakow: Gondola Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

Prepare for an adventure and cruise the Vistula River. Take in the sights of the royal city of Krakow and fall in love with the interesting and entertaining places. Set sail and see historic buildings, bridges, monuments, and more. Listen to the audio on board and learn important facts as you pass by. Catch your gondola in the old town district of Krakow, Kazimierz. Board the beautiful wooden boat made by traditional boat builders. Relax and hear the waves as you witness the Wawel Castle, Dragon's Den, Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters, and the point where the Rudawa River flows into Vistula. Hear the live audio commentary along the way and learn interesting and historical stories about Krakow. Appreciate the unusual and timeless experience. Feel free to bring a coffee or cold drink and enjoy the ride.

Krakow: Boat Cruise to Tyniec on the Vistula River

7. Krakow: Boat Cruise to Tyniec on the Vistula River

Enjoy Krakow from the water during this 4-hour cruise. You will see main sights and will have commentaries in both Polish and English during your trip. During your cruise, you will see the main Krakow sights from the water such as the Wawel Castle and Hill and the Salwator area of Krakow where the Kościuszko Mound is situated. You will then pass the Norbertine Monastery, Przegorzaly Castle and a few more attractions before you arrive to Tyniec. In Tyniec you will have 45 minutes in which you can get off and visit the Benedictine Abbey. Afterwards, you will return by boat back to Wawel Hill to the place where the cruise began. After disembarking the vessel, it is recommend that you explore the Wawel Castle and the famous Wawel Dragon.

Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

8. Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

Your tour begins next to the Wawel Castle at an easy-to-find meeting point. From there, you will begin covering the most important parts of Krakow. Begin by explore the Old Town, including Wawel Castle. This area contains many gorgeous churches as well as the Bishop's Palace, the Jagiellonian University, and many other historical buildings. You will then explore the Jewish Quarters, which contain breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings from the former city of Kazimierz. You will then discover the remains of the Ghetto walls and Main Square, as well as Schindler’s Factory. Following those 2 hours, you will have some time to go inside Schindler's Factory on your own. Please check the price of the ticket and if the museum will be open this day, and your driver is able to wait for about 50 minutes before driving you back to the city center.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Electric Golf Cart Tour

9. Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Electric Golf Cart Tour

Travel to Kazimierz, the oldest district in Krakow on a group electric golf cart tour. Experience a place where Jewish and Christian cultures intertwine. View over 20 monuments in Kazimierz, and in the former Jewish ghetto. Ride along the vibrant streets of Kazimierz in a comfortable and eco-friendly vehicle. Cruise through twists and turns to discover charming shops and restaurants. Learn about the history of its inhabitants from your audio guide. Head to the former Jewish ghetto, which existed during the war. Find traces of those terrible events. Be moved as you see a fragment of the ghetto wall, the houses of displaced Jews, Pod Orłem pharmacy, and the monument in Ghetto Heroes Square.

Krakow: River Cruise and Golf Cart Tour of Jewish Heritage

10. Krakow: River Cruise and Golf Cart Tour of Jewish Heritage

Take a look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, embarking on a short panoramic cruise on the Vistula River. Travel in comfort on a heated deck with leather sofas on cold days. Enjoy the beautiful views from the upper deck on warmer days and spend some time outdoors. Hear the history of Krakow from a modern boat sound system and watch a multimedia presentation on a 50-inch screen. Look at Krakow from the riverside, and see such monuments as the defensive walls of Wawel with a panorama of the Royal Castle, the Cathedral, the silhouette of a dragon, and more. Follow the footsteps of Jewish cultural monuments in Krakow in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. See authentic monuments in the Kazimierz district and the ghetto that existed during the war in the Podgórze district, and learn more about its history. On the route of the tour, see over 20 monuments, visit the beautiful, picturesque streets of Kazimierz and learn about the history of its inhabitants. Visit one of the most important areas on the map of Krakow, where that the cultural life of contemporary residents and tourists takes place.

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What people are saying about Podgórze

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 814 reviews

Had a really good experience today with a really well educated guide, who answered all our questions with a smile and said “good question” before giving us an answer! I can really recommend this guided tour!

Brilliant way to see Kraków. I was fortunate to be the only person on the tour, so it felt a bit more personal. My guide/driver was great, thank you so much for your time, hope to see you again soon

We explored different and interesting back streets and niches of Krakow that I had not seen before, really enriching our understanding of and appreciation for this fascinating city.

Very kind tour guide, he was very knowledgeable and the tour felt a great pace. All round good experience, would highly recommend.

Paulina was an amazing guide. So friendly and informative. We enjoyed every part of this activity and would highly recommend it