Old Synagogue, Krakow

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Krakow: Oskar Schindler's Factory Entry Ticket

1. Krakow: Oskar Schindler's Factory Entry Ticket

Learn one of the most inspiring stories from World War II with an entry ticket to Oskar Schindler’s former enamel factory in Kraków. Get an insight into the man who inspired the hit movie "Schindler's List" and explore how a member of the Nazi Party helped more than 1,200 Jews escape the Holocaust. Discover what everyday life was like in Nazi-occupied Kraków and examine the personal dramas of the citizens.

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Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card

2. Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card

Explore Krakow at your own pace and according to your own personal interests with a 1-, 2-, or 3-day City Card. Get access to 40 museums and monuments. Learn more about the World War II hero Oscar Schindler at the Oscar Schindler Factory. Visit the Eagle Pharmacy in the former ghetto, and learn how the Holocaust impacted on Krakow’s Jews. Go to the Main Market Square Underground Museum and encounter vampires. See a traditional bourgeois house, and hear the trumpet signal at the Gothic brick church of St. Mary’s Basilica. A full list of museums will be attached to your City Pass, and to make getting from sight to sight easier, your card also comes with unlimited travel on the city’s public transport system, day and night! The museums included in the City Pass, are as follows: Oskar's Schindler Factory Main Market Underground Museum  Pharmacy "Under Eagle" Town Hall Tower St. Mary’s Church Former Gestapo Headquarter at Pomorska Street The Old Synagogue  The National Museum  The Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice The Main Building The Szołayski House The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace The Princess Czartoryski Museum  The Jan Matejko House The Józef Mehoffer House The Barbican The Old Synagogue The Hipolitów House History of Nowa Huta Branch City Defence Walls The Zwierzyniec Artistic Salon Museum of Archeology St. Albert’s Church The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum Krakow Museum of Urban Engineering Museum of The Photography The Archdiocese Museum Krakow Polish Aviation Museum Mloda Polska Museum – Rydlówka – PTTK Museum History of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Museum Galicia Jewish Museum Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK) Museum of the Home Army – dedicated Gen. Emil Fieldorf "Nil" EUROPEUM The European Culture Centre The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum

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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.

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Krakow: Kazimierz District Jewish Heritage Tour

4. 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.

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Krakow: E-Car City Tour

5. 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.

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Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

6. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour in Krakow’s Kazimierz district to discover the Jewish history of this area. See local shops, and visit beautifully preserved synagogues. Listen to your guide share amazing stories of Jewish families that lived here previously. Explore the Kazimierz district, and view how the memory of its rich history has been preserved in synagogues, prayer houses, and small shops located around Kazimierz. Be guided along the famous Szeroka Street with both the Remah Synagogue and the Old Synagogue, the storied walls of the old town, Plac Nowy (New Square), and many charming streets teeming with life today. Choose from the additional tour options to take a walk in Krakow's Podgórze district, where the ghetto was located during World War II. Along this route, take a look at the Pankiewicz Eagle Pharmacy and Ghetto Heroes Square with a monument made of 68 chairs. Or select the option to visit a modern exhibition devoted to the occupation of Krakow. The exhibit is located in the former enamel factory associated with the name of the German entrepreneur Oskar Schindler.

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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.

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Krakow: Jewish District City Exploration Phone Game

8. Krakow: Jewish District City Exploration Phone Game

Solve challenges and watch the story unfold. Get exact directions on your phone to guide you to the next location in Krakow's Jewish District. Start your city exploration game at the Plac Nowy Okrąglak Rotunda. Explore at your own pace, pause the game and resume anytime from the same location. Finish the game at the Alchemia. Download the app onto your phone and head out to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

9. 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.

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Krakow: City Tour by Golf Cart with Audio Guide

10. Krakow: City Tour by Golf Cart with Audio Guide

Cruise through Krakow's streets from the comfort of a golf cart. Enjoy a guided audio tour as your driver takes you to the sights of this bustling and beautiful city. Select from a choice of languages, and choose in advance which area you'd like to tour. Sit back and let your driver take the strain as you take in the city views. Travel through the Old Town, including Wawel Hill and its famous castle. Cruise through the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, now an artistic district of quirky bars, restaurants and shops. Experience the former ghetto at Podgorze and the Oskar Schindler Factory in Zabłocie. Choose your preferred tour, and experience this unique city in the most unique of ways.

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What people are saying about Old Synagogue, Krakow

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,333 reviews

Honestly, the factory tour was very creative, in depth, and in line with history. The guide walked us through as if we were reading a storybook. Giving us all the important details, biased within sides, and made the experience very enjoyable. I felt bad that others were listening in and following our tour because Anja wasn’t getting paid for those extra ears, but she was so good at explaining moments of history. 10/10

Very interesting guided tour in French. We do not only discover Oscar Schindler's factory but also a permanent exhibition on Nazi barbarism. It is a real immersion in the darkness of the second world war ...

Fabulous displays and sound effects. We could have spent the entire day there but really enjoyed our guide.

It was very interesting, you get to know a lot about what it was like in Krakow during the war.

AMAZING Guide and experience. Alot of information which is great.