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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: 3-Hour Group or Private Walking Tour of Kazimierz

2. Krakow: 3-Hour Group or Private Walking Tour of Kazimierz

Follow the history and culture of the Jewish community in Krakow on a guided tour of Kazimierz, the former Jewish district. You will see all of the most important places that are related to the culture and history of its former inhabitants. For many centuries Jews played their part in creating the history and culture of the city of Kroke, as Krakow is known in Yiddish. Before World War II they made up as much as 25% of the city’s population. It was here that the famous philosopher Mojżesz Isserles (called Remuh) taught, Helena Rubinstein was born, and Roman Polański spent his childhood. Meeting point We will meet you on the stairs at the Old Synagogue, 24 Szeroka Street, 31-053 Krakow. Sightseeing part I (~ 1.5h) Our guide will take you for a walk along the streets of Kazimierz, the former Jewish district in Krakow where Jews settled in the 14th century. You will start your walk from Szeroka Street which used to be the center of the so-called Jewish city. The importance of Szeroka Street is evidenced by the fact that four synagogues here, something that has not happened anywhere else in Europe. You will get to know three of them as the fourth one was demolished during World War II. On Szeroka Street you will see the buildings that were built in the 16th or 17th centuries, such as The Old Synagogue, the Remuh Synagogue with the old cemetery (entrance), the building of the former ritual bathhouse or the house where the "queen of cosmetics," Helena Rubinstein, was born. Break for rest and a cup of delicious coffee (0.5h) You will have an opportunity to rest while sipping a cup of coffee in the world-famous restaurant where Steven Spielberg loved to hang out when he was filming "Schindler's List." There you may want to discuss the lives of the world-famous Jewish entrepreneurs and outstanding personalities of culture and art or learn more about the Jewish traditions. Sightseeing part II (~ 1h) Your guide will take you for the second part of the walk along the mysterious and picturesque streets, where synagogues, ritual slaughterhouses, and prayer houses are located. See the Jewish Market Place, surrounded by countless bars, pubs, and restaurants. Hear the stories related to the everyday life of the quarter and get taken to the so-called Schindler's Backyard which is shown in the film “Schindler's List” and which looks as if it was taken straight from the pre-war days. Later, you will enjoy the charm of small art galleries with locally made souvenirs, which are located one after another, on a street that used to be one of the most characteristic streets of the Jewish district. End of the tour You will end your tour at the High Synagogue. After the lunch break, you may also want to decide on joining other tours organized by our company on that day.

Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish District Private Guided Tour

3. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish District Private Guided Tour

Begin your private tour of Krakow's Kazimierz district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the location where Schindler's List was filmed, with a friendly welcome from your guide at the Jewish Cultural Center. Discover this charming part of Krakow with its monuments, markets, synagogues, and Kirkuts (Jewish cemeteries). Learn from your guide about the Jewish community that shaped the character of this neighborhood. See the old Remu Synagogue, the adjoining old cemetery, and the Jewish Museum in the former Old Synagogue. Learn about Jewish history and discover what the Jewish community was before, during, and after the war. Let your guide show you what Jewish life in Krakow was in the past, what is happening today, and what the future holds.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 29 reviews

This was an exceptional tour . Jack our guide was exceptionally knowledgable and was an excellent story teller . He very sensitively explained Polish history , including the occupation and holocaust and gave us much food for thought . Highly recommed

I highly recommend this tour! The tour guide is very competent and friendly. During almost 3 hours you get to know all important places from the movie Schindler’s list and you get a load of information about the Jewish quarter

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.

An incredibly fun tour that takes you to places that you otherwise really wouldn't have found. That in combination with a really nice guide with a lot of knowledge!

Very interesting tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. A lot to take in in three hours