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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: 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: Half-Day Private Sightseeing Guided Tour

3. Krakow: Half-Day Private Sightseeing Guided Tour

Explore the historic sites of Krakow in the company of a professional guide, and discover a city brimming with wonderful monuments and charming places. Tour the Old Town, and the fascinating neighborhoods of Podgórze or Kazimierz - the former Jewish district - and get an introduction to the rich history of the city. Each tour is set individually, leaving you to decide what to see. Go to the Barbican, the fortified outpost that was once connected to the city walls. Admire the imposing red brick St. Mary's Basilica, and the Renaissance Cloth Hall. Soak up the old market atmosphere of the Main Square, and admire the buildings of the Jagiellonian University, established in the 14th century. Walk to Wawel Hill to see the Royal Castle and Cathedral. Alternatively, explore the former Jewish districts of Kazimierz and Podgórze, location of the Jewish Ghetto and Schindler’s factory. Sites still standing include the Remuh Synagogue, completed in 1557, and the baroque Isaak Synagogue. Throughout the tour, your guide will provide an interesting commentary, along with advice on the best places to visit during the rest of your stay.

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What people are saying about Old Synagogue, Krakow

Outstanding Urszula Kupinska is a wonderful guide We had a fantastic tour We didn't see the time go by !!! She knows the history of the ghetto wonderfully and the visit to the schindler factory was also interrupted I highly recommend Urszula and this tour of the kazimierz district of the ghetto and the factory

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