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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: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

4. 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: 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, Kazimierz and Ghetto by Electric Golf Cart

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

Cruise through Krakow's historical highlights on an electric, eco-friendly golf cart with interesting commentary from an audio guide. View more than 20 monuments, including the Historic Center of Krakow from the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit the Main Market Square at the heart of the city. See Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church, which are surrounded by Planty park. Enjoy wonderful narrow streets with many temples, universities and charming houses. Drive past the famous Wawel Hill and Wawel Royal Castle. Head to Kazimierz to see the oldest district of Krakow which was once a separate city. Drive through the picturesque streets of Kazimierz with old synagogues, cafes, and stalls. Along the way, learn more about these spectacular sights from your audio guide.

Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

8. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Learn about the long Jewish history of Krakow's Kazimierz district. The rich memory of Jewish settlement in this district is preserved through synagogues, prayer houses, and small shops. Walk with your guide 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. Check out Podgorze where the ghetto was located during World War II. In Podgorze, see Pankiewicz Eagle's Pharmacy and Plac Bohaterow Getta square with a memorial made of 68 chairs.

Krakow: Cruise, Golf Cart Ride and Schindler's Factory Visit

9. Krakow: Cruise, Golf Cart Ride and Schindler's Factory Visit

Take a look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, embarking on a short panoramic cruise on the Vistula River. See Krakow from the riverside, and see monuments such 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. Visit monuments in the Kazimierz district and the ghetto that existed during the war in the Podgórze district, and learn about their history. Enter the Schindler's Factory Museum - one of the most popular museums in Krakow. Learn about the fate of Krakow and its inhabitants during the Nazi occupation, while walking through a museum named for a German entrepreneur who saved many Jews by employing them in his factory. Experience the interactive exhibition and learn about the history of Krakow with a knowledgeable guide.

Krakow: Old Town & Jewish Kazimierz District Golf Cart Tour

10. Krakow: Old Town & Jewish Kazimierz District Golf Cart Tour

Take a sightseeing tour of Krakow by electric golf cart with an audioguide. Drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazierz and see some sights around the Old Town. Meet your tour just outside the Old Town at the Mały Rynek and board your electric vehicle. Start your drive down the cobblestone streets of the Old Town while you listen to your audioguide. Admire the vibrant Main Market Square as you ride through it. Gaze up at the imposing Renaissance-era architecture of the Cloth Hall. Marvel at the elegant St. Mary's Church and enjoy the lush green space of Planty Park. Cruise down narrow streets flanked by charming old buildings. Take in dazzling views of Wawel Castle on your way to the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz. See the site of the former Jewish Ghetto and learn about its history from your audioguide.

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What people are saying about Old Synagogue, Krakow

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,499 reviews

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.

Really worth doing, wish we had done it when we first arrived. We did this on our last day, the guide was brilliant, we stopped to take some photos and had a look around a few places .

The tour guide Aneta Jop was excellent in terms of content and very nice. We recommend.

Paulina was a perfect guide. We did not see the 5 hours pass! Highly recommended.

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