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Krakow: Kazimierz District Jewish Heritage Tour

1. 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

2. 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, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

3. 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: Half-Day Private Sightseeing Guided Tour

4. 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

5. 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: Jewish District Private Guided Tour

6. 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. 

Krakow: River Cruise, Kazimiz, & Schindler's Factory Museum

7. Krakow: River Cruise, Kazimiz, & Schindler's Factory Museum

Discover the highlights in Krakow as you view the city from the deck of a modern catamaran on a Vistula River cruise. Drive on an eco-friendly golf cart through the vibrant streets of the Kazimierz and Podgórze districts. Explore the city's past at the Schindler's Factory museum.  Start your tour with a catamaran ride on the Vistula River. Take in panoramic views of the defensive walls of Wawel, the Royal Castle, the Cathedral, and the mysterious silhouette of a dragon. Hear facinating commentary from your audio guide as you pass these sights. Jump aboard a comfortable electric golf cart and roll through colorful cafes and rich religious sites in the Kazimierz district. Pass by Jewish cultural monuments before heading to the site where the WWII ghetto existed in Podgórze. Learn about the WWII history of Krakow from your audio guide. Finish your tour with a guided tour of the Schindler's Factory Museum. Discover the story behind the German entrepreneur who saved many Jews during WWII by employing them in his factory. Get lost in the story of the fate of Krakow and its inhabitants during the Nazi occupation.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Sightseeing Golf Cart Tour

8. Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Sightseeing Golf Cart Tour

Travel through Kazimierz, the oldest district of Krakow, which was once a separate city, on a golf cart. See historic sights, a former Jewish ghetto, and listen to commentary from an audio guide along the way. Ride down the picturesque streets of Kazimierz and learn about the history of its inhabitants. Explore one of the most important neighborhoods in the city and visit many attractions throughout the district. Head to a former Jewish ghetto which existed during the war. Admire different parts of the former ghetto, including a fragment of the ghetto wall, the former houses of displaced Jews, and the pharmacy Pod Orłem. End your tour at the monument in Ghetto Heroes Square.

Krakow Kazimierz and Jewish Ghetto Tour with Synagogues

9. Krakow Kazimierz and Jewish Ghetto Tour with Synagogues

The Kraków Ghetto was one of 5 major metropolitan Jewish Ghettos created by Nazi Germany during the German occupation of Poland in World War II. It was established for the purpose of exploitation, terror, and persecution of local Polish Jews, as well as the staging area for separating the "abled workers" from those who would later be deemed unworthy of life. The Ghetto was liquidated between June 1942 and March 1943, with most of its inhabitants sent to their deaths at Auschwitz Concentration Camp. On the basic 3-hour tour option, pass through the streets of ghetto territory, viewing fragments of the ghetto walls. Listen to true stories about everyday life, before entering the synagogue that survived the Second World War and is still functioning. Admire the famous Szeroka Street, seeing the Old Synagogue and the original Schindler’s Factory. You will even be able to see where some scenes of Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List were captured. Upgrade to the extended 4-hour tour option, and include visits to Kazimierz, the Old Jewish Quarter including Temple, Remuh Old Synagogues and Remuh Cemetery.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Sightseeing Golf Cart Tour

10. Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Sightseeing Golf Cart Tour

Travel through Kazimierz, the oldest district of Krakow, which was once a separate city, on a golf cart. See historic sights, a former Jewish ghetto, and listen to commentary from an audio guide along the way. Ride down the picturesque streets of Kazimierz and learn about the history of its inhabitants. Explore one of the most important neighborhoods in the city. See over 20 monuments throughout the district. Head to a former Jewish ghetto, which existed during the war. See parts of the former ghetto, including the fragment of the ghetto wall, the former houses of displaced Jews, and the pharmacy Pod Orłem. Stop at the monument in Ghetto Heroes Square.

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The tour through the Kazimierz district of Kraków was carried out by a very knowledgeable and funny tour guide. The guide had a very good knowledge of German and a very high level of knowledge in relation to the history of Krakow. The tour not only gave us an insight into the history of Krakow, but also into the cultural aspects of Judaism. The expectations of the tour were definitely exceeded and I can recommend it to anyone who is also interested in getting to know Krakow outside of the tourist hotspots.

We highly recommend Tomas and this tour to other guests! It was very interesting and we could have listened to Tomas for another couple of hours. He has a great knowledge about history, good language skills and a good sense of humor. We really enjoyed the tour - thank you so much!

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 .

Very good guide, present tour and excellent informations

Great tour with a really good guide. Thanks to Tomaz