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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: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

2. 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

3. 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: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

4. 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.

Krakow: Kazimierz by Golf Cart and Schindler's Factory Tour

5. Krakow: Kazimierz by Golf Cart and Schindler's Factory Tour

Pass through the top sights in the charming Kazimierz district in Krakow on a group golf cart tour. Drive by over 20 monuments while listening to your auido guide. Stop at the Schindler's Factory Museum for tour with a live guide. Be picked up by your driver at the meeting point. Cruise through the charming streets of Kazimierz and learn about the history of its inhabitants from your audio guide. View many traces of Jewish heritage in this vibrant district like the Orthodox Jewish Old Synagogue, the booming Jewish cultural center of Tempel Synagogue, and the 17th-century Kupa Synagogue.  Gain a deeper understanding of the tragic history of Krakow during WWII as you go to Ghetto Heroes Square, view a fragment that still remains of the ghetto wall, and hear the story behind the Pharmacy Under the Eagle. See the brightly colored shops and houses on Szeroka street. Go by Christian religious sites like the Gothic Corpus Christi Basilica and the towering Église Saint-Joseph church. Admire the fountain in Wolnica Square. Disembark at the Schindler's Factory Museum and start your guided tour. Uncover the story of a German entrepreneur who saved many Jewish people from Nazis. Be moved by this interactive exhibition. Find out about Krakow during the Nazi occupation and touch a piece of history.

Krakow: River Cruise and Golf Cart Tour of Jewish Heritage

6. Krakow: River Cruise and Golf Cart Tour of Jewish Heritage

Take a look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, embarking on a short panoramic cruise on the Vistula River. Travel in comfort on a heated deck with leather sofas on cold days. Enjoy the beautiful views from the upper deck on warmer days and spend some time outdoors. Hear the history of Krakow from a modern boat sound system and watch a multimedia presentation on a 50-inch screen. Look at Krakow from the riverside, and see such monuments 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. See authentic monuments in the Kazimierz district and the ghetto that existed during the war in the Podgórze district, and learn more about its history. On the route of the tour, see over 20 monuments, visit the beautiful, picturesque streets of Kazimierz and learn about the history of its inhabitants. Visit one of the most important areas on the map of Krakow, where that the cultural life of contemporary residents and tourists takes place.

Krakow: Half-Day Private Sightseeing Guided Tour

7. 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.

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

8. 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 Quarter Walking Tour

9. 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: Jewish District Private Guided Tour

10. Krakow: Jewish District Private Guided Tour

Discover Krakow's famous former Jewish Quarter in a more intimate setting with this private tour. After meeting your experienced local tour guide, start off by wandering down Szeroka Street, which was the centre of social life for the Jewish community in centuries gone by.  As you walk through Krakow's streets, visit several of its magnificent and stunning synagogues, including the Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue and Isaak Synagogue with the old Jewish cemetery and Krakow's 'Wall of Tears'. After taking in some of the city's beautiful synagogues, head to the streets of the former Jewish Quarter, which you may recognize from Steven Spielberg's 1993 film 'Schindler's List'.  The final part of the tour will take part in Krakow's former Jewish Ghetto. Explore some of the key locations, such as Ghetto Heroes Square, the infamous Eagle's Pharmacy, which was owned by the ghetto's only non-Jewish resident, and Oskar Schindler's factory, which contains an exhibition about Krakow during the Nazi occupation. 

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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

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.

Great tour, very friendly woman who led us through the district, told many details and answered all questions, spoke German very well! Highly recommended!

Pauline was very knowledgeable and made the tour thoroughly enjoyable and extremely interesting. Her English is perfect!

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