Things to do in Krakow Jewish Ghetto

Our most recommended things to do in Krakow Jewish Ghetto

Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

1. Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

Discover the city of Krakow in a day on an eco-friendly electric buggy city tour. Learn about the city's colorful history from your local guide as you glide through the city's iconic neighborhoods and past its main landmarks. See Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarters, and the former Jewish Ghetto all from the comfort of your e-buggy. Embark on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric buggy through the charming streets of Krakow. Visit the city's three most historical districts with ease and comfort. First, make your way to the Old Town to see the enchanting Wawel Royal Castle towering over the city and the Vistula River, the Barbican with its fortified turrets and walls, impressive churches, and a number of other historical buildings. Next, head to the city's historic Jewish quarter with its breathtaking array of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and the historical buildings of the former city of Kazimierz. Marvel at the trendy shops, bars, and galleries that now line these streets. Finally, ride to the former Jewish ghetto walls and Getto Heroes Square before ending your tour at Schindler's Factory Museum. Here, if the museum is open and tickets available to buy, you can visit the museum at your own pace, unguided. After an hour in the museum, be picked up and brought back to the original starting point of the tour. Alternatively, if you don't visit the museum, be dropped off immediately after the tour ends at the original starting point of the tour.

Krakow Segway Half Day Tour of the Jewish Quarter

2. Krakow Segway Half Day Tour of the Jewish Quarter

The major attractions of Krakow's Jewish Quarter are arranged just perfectly for a Segway. This tour combines history with fun and includes some amazing stories. The Jewish Quarter features sites from the movie Schindler's List, synagogues and squares and the Old Meat Market. The actual Oskar Schindler Factory is in the World War II Ghetto area, along with Heroes of the Ghetto 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: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

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

5. 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 Sightseeing Tour by Heated Golf Cart

6. Krakow Sightseeing Tour by Heated Golf Cart

See the sights of Krakow from a different perspective on a 2-hour tour by electric golf cart. Learn the story of the city through the English language audio guide. Travel along the Royal Road as you explore the medieval Old Town. Pass attractions such as the Renaissance architecture of Cloth Hall on Main Market Square. Continue past St. Mary’s Church and the elegant Juliusz Słowacki Theatre. See the remains of the old town walls and St. Florian's Gate that formed part of the protective ramparts. Admire impressive monuments, such as the Czartoryski Museum and Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in Europe. Continue to Wawel Castle, built for King Casimir III the Great in the 14th century. Then, explore the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz and visit historic synagogues such as the Old Synagogue and Remah Synagogue. Pause for reflection at the site of the former Jewish Ghetto and see the factory owned by the World War II hero, Oskar Schindler.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Former Ghetto Tour

7. 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: 3-Hour Segway Supreme Tour

8. Krakow: 3-Hour Segway Supreme Tour

Uncover the secrets of Krakow on a guided Segaway tour. Trace the history of the city from the medieval times as the former capital of Poland to present times. Hear crazy stories about the kings who used to live in Wawel Castle and be introduced local life in the Jewish Quarter. Meet your guide and listen to a briefing that is designed to help you feel confident during your ride. Put on your high-quality safety gear and set off through the Old Town. Ride along the banks of the shimmering Vistula river. Take a trip to the Jewish Quarter and discover the culture on which it was based. Admire architecture and learn about what makes this part of the city so unique. Stop to purchase a delicious Polish snack along the way.

Krakow: Private 3-District Electric Car Tour

9. Krakow: Private 3-District Electric Car Tour

Kraków's Old Town is the historical and central district of Kraków, and is one of the most famous old districts in Poland. The district features the centrally located Rynek Główny (Main Square), which is the largest medieval town square of any European city. There is a number of historic landmarks in its vicinity, such as the St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki), the Church of St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert's), and the Church of St. Barbara, as well as other national treasures. At the center of the plaza and surrounded by kamienice (row houses) and noble residences, stands the Renaissance cloth hall Sukiennice. Kazimierz is the district south of the Old Town and was the center of Jewish life in Kraków for over 500 years before being systematically destroyed during World War II. It was rediscovered in the 1990s thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure gained from the lens of Steven Spielberg. This has caused Kazimierz to rebound, and it is today Kraków’s most exciting district. It is a bustling, bohemian neighborhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes, and art galleries. As a result, the district has become a major tourist draw and pilgrimage site for Jews, which has led to the return of contemporary Jewish culture in the area. Podgórze was the site of the city’s greatest human tragedy. The Nazis saw its natural placement between the river and the cliffs of Krzemionki as the ideal place for establishing a prison district, and in March of 1941, Kraków’s Jewish population was marched into the center of Podgórze and walled off in what became known as the Kraków Ghetto. Liquidated two years later, the majority of the Ghetto’s residents were murdered inside, while others met death in the nearby Płaszów concentration camp or in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Bełżec.

Krakow Kazimierz: 2-Hour Jewish Quarter Segway Tour

10. Krakow Kazimierz: 2-Hour Jewish Quarter Segway Tour

Kazimierz is a historical district of Kraków and Kraków Old Town, Poland. Since its inception in the fourteenth century to the early nineteenth century, Kazimierz was an independent city, a royal city of the Crown of the Polish Kingdom, located south of Kraków Old Town and separated by a branch of the Vistula river. For many centuries, Kazimierz was a place of coexistence and interpenetration of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures, its north-eastern part of the district was historic Jewish, whose Jewish inhabitants were forcibly relocated in 1941 by the German occupying forces into the Krakow ghetto just across the river in Podgórze. Today Kazimierz is one of the major tourist attractions of Krakow and an important center of cultural life of the city. Together you are going to delve into a unique ambience of Cracow's most bohemian part of the city with its countless of cafes , magnificent food and vibrant nightlife. Through Vistulas boulevards you are going to drive on Segways right into the heart of Kazimierz.

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What people are saying about Krakow Jewish Ghetto

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Our guide, Bart, was absolutely amazing. Among the best. The only thing you pay for here at GYG is the booking fee and then you pay whatever you want directly to Bart after the guide. It's quite a long walk so make sure you have comfortable shoes and it may not be for small children or you who are physically challenged. But the guidance is fantastic. Informative, in excellent English and lots of facts and anecdotes. Highly recommended but as I said, it's a long way to go at 2.5 hours.

A very nice and informative tour, you see and learn so many interesting things about Jewish life in Krakow. But with Monika we also had an extraordinarily competent and nice guide. If we had gone alone, we would have overlooked a lot, some things you only see when you are made aware of them. We can make an unreserved recommendation and thank you again for the beautiful day.

A excellent trip with a friendly guide that told us many interesting things and showed us different areas and also gave us chance to step off the Segway’s and look closer at a couple of interesting things. Felt very safe travelling round and the roads and paths. Highly recommend

Our guide Michael was the best! He was on time , very polite and explanatory. We really enjoyed this ride as we managed to see very easily the mail attractions in Old town and Jewish part of town. Michael is the best!

very interesting and a great way to see a large part of the beautiful city