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Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

1. Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

Your tour begins next to the Wawel Castle at an easy-to-find meeting point. From there, you will begin covering the most important parts of Krakow. Begin by explore the Old Town, including Wawel Castle. This area contains many gorgeous churches as well as the Bishop's Palace, the Jagiellonian University, and many other historical buildings. You will then explore the Jewish Quarters, which contain breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings from the former city of Kazimierz. You will then discover the remains of the Ghetto walls and Main Square, as well as Schindler’s Factory. Following those 2 hours, you will have some time to go inside Schindler's Factory on your own. Please check the price of the ticket and if the museum will be open this day, and your driver is able to wait for about 50 minutes before driving you back to the city center.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Visit one of the most important and popular museums in Krakow at Oskar Schindler's with your professional guide. Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war at the exhibition "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation" Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the "Pod Orłem" pharmacy, and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs.

Krakow: Kazimierz, Jewish Ghetto, and Schindler's Story

3. Krakow: Kazimierz, Jewish Ghetto, and Schindler's Story

Learn about the everyday lives of the Jewish community before and during World War II. In a tour of a maximum of 12 people, you will learn about the beginning of Nazi occupation, the first resettlements and the harsh conditions of life in the ghetto. The tour starts in Kazimierz where you will see the Jewish Quarter, the center of Jewish life until the beginning of World War II. Explore the neighborhood and learn about one of the largest synagogue complexes in Europe. From Kazimierz you will head towards Podgórze, the district where the Jewish ghetto was located. The tour passes the Ghetto Heroes Square with its meaningful monument of empty chairs, the Eagle Pharmacy, and fragments of the Ghetto Wall.  At the end, you will get an insight into the history of Oskar Schindler and see the original factory which now houses the Historical Museum of Kraków. The tour ends in front of Schindler’s Factory which you can explore on your own, or you can be dropped off at the starting point.

Krakow: Private 3-District Electric Car Tour

4. Krakow: Private 3-District Electric Car Tour

Kraków's Old Town is the historical and central district of Kraków, and is one of the most famous old districts in Poland. The district features the centrally located Rynek Główny (Main Square), which is the largest medieval town square of any European city. There is a number of historic landmarks in its vicinity, such as the St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki), the Church of St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert's), and the Church of St. Barbara, as well as other national treasures. At the center of the plaza and surrounded by kamienice (row houses) and noble residences, stands the Renaissance cloth hall Sukiennice. Kazimierz is the district south of the Old Town and was the center of Jewish life in Kraków for over 500 years before being systematically destroyed during World War II. It was rediscovered in the 1990s thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure gained from the lens of Steven Spielberg. This has caused Kazimierz to rebound, and it is today Kraków’s most exciting district. It is a bustling, bohemian neighborhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes, and art galleries. As a result, the district has become a major tourist draw and pilgrimage site for Jews, which has led to the return of contemporary Jewish culture in the area. Podgórze was the site of the city’s greatest human tragedy. The Nazis saw its natural placement between the river and the cliffs of Krzemionki as the ideal place for establishing a prison district, and in March of 1941, Kraków’s Jewish population was marched into the center of Podgórze and walled off in what became known as the Kraków Ghetto. Liquidated two years later, the majority of the Ghetto’s residents were murdered inside, while others met death in the nearby Płaszów concentration camp or in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Bełżec.

Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

5. Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

The joys of this tour lie not only in what you will discover but also in the simple pleasures of biking through the beautiful gardens, along the lazy Vistula river, and through the colorful streets of Kazimierz. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness. There are plenty of stops for historical explanations and photo opportunities. The duration of the bike tour is 4 to 4.5 hours, including a 45-minute break for lunch at a traditional Polish restaurant where you can order anything from pirogies to Żurek, a sour wheat soup. The city bike tour begins every day under the Adam Mickiewicz statue in the main market square. 

Krakow: Schindler's Factory and Jewish Ghetto Guided Tour

6. Krakow: Schindler's Factory and Jewish Ghetto Guided Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Oscar Schindler as you explore the historic Schindler's Factory and learn about the Jewish people who evaded the Nazis. Explore the streets of Podgórze and hear about Nazi occupation in Krakow on this guided tour. Meet your guide at Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory before making your way inside. Embark on a guided tour and discover the incredible events that inspired Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List." Explore the factory and hear about daily life during the war and how the factory was used to protect its Jewish workers. Glimpse into the life of Oscar Schindler, the German entrepreneur who helped many Jewish people during the Second World War. Continue to the Jewish Ghetto, Podgórze. Feel the history that still lingers as you walk through the streets. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto and the houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live. Visit the pharmacy "Under the Eagle" and learn about the pivotal role it played in the lives of many Jewish people. Stop at the 68 Empty Chairs in the Heroes' Square and learn about the significance of this important memorial.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

7. 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: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Sightseeing Golf Cart Tour

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

Travel to Kazimierz, the oldest district of Krakow, which was once a separate city. Experience a place of peaceful coexistence where Christian and Jewish cultures intertwine. See over 20 monuments. Ride along the beautiful, picturesque streets of Kazimierz and learn about the history of its inhabitants. Explore one of the most important neighborhoods in city. Head to former Jewish ghetto, which existed during the war and view traces of those terrible events like a fragment of the ghetto wall, houses where displaced Jews lived, the historic pharmacy Pod Orłem, and the monument in Ghetto Heroes Square.

Krakow: Guided Segway Tour

9. Krakow: Guided Segway Tour

See the most important sights in the historical center of Krakow by Segway and learn more about the history of the monuments from an expert guide. Get a short training session on the self-balancing personal transporter before you set off to explore the medieval buildings of the Old Town. Ideal for those on their first trip to the city who want to broaden their knowledge about its origins and cultural life, you will see the highlights from more than 6,000 historical sites and marvel at the rich variety of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic palaces, churches, theaters. Discover impressive stained glass windows and works of art, including paintings, sculptures and more. Enter the traditional Kazimierz district to get a feel for its mix of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures. Hear how the inhabitants were forced to relocate across the river to the Jewish Ghetto in Podgórze by the occupying German army in 1941.

Kraków: Oskar Schindler Factory Entrance Ticket

10. Kraków: Oskar Schindler Factory Entrance Ticket

Visiting the Factory begins with meeting your guide in front of the main gate of the Museum. Our guide will give you a ticket, and you will enter without the queue to the place where the "Cracow under Nazi Occupation" exhibition begins, located on 3 levels of the factory. The exhibition is arranged chronologically and begins with a presentation of life in Krakow before the outbreak of World War II. Then the guide across the various exhibition rooms will tell you how the terror of war was increasing and how the situation of individual people was affected by the presence of the Nazis in Krakow. During the route you will see, for example, the original weapons from the war in the form of a small German Goliath tank and weapons used by members of the resistance movement. You will visit a replica of a real apartment in the Krakow Ghetto and, you find out the luxuries and privileges of Nazi life in the occupied city. The guide will show you the locations where the movie "Schindler's List" was filmed and will tell you true and controversial stories from the life of Oscar Schindler. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to the newly opened Nazi labor camp. The tour ends at a symbolic window where your guide will show people from Schindler's list and tell their further fate. A guided tour of the Schindler's Factory is the best place to not only fully get to know, but also understand what happened in Krakow over 80 years ago.

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4.3 / 5

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Great tour which is very informative and adds a lot of context to the things you may have read about the holocaust previously. The Jewish Getto tour covers a lot of ground and is very interesting. The Oskar Schindler Museum is a little rushed and you miss a lot of the detail as you are moved through quite quickly. The plus side is that our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very clearly and had all the facts. Overall, whilst we had different expectations of what we were going to see and do, we left very happy and felt informed and with a little more understanding of what the people endured. We would highly recommend if you are short on time and want to do it with a guide for the relevant facts.

Brilliant private guided tour. Picked up on time from our hotel and dropped off at a place of our choice. Our tour guide, Walter, was really friendly and informative and gave us time to look round a couple of places. We were so lucky as we picked New Year's Day and the roads were really quiet. Thoroughly recommended.

Very well organised tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide with a clear passion for history. I learned a lot more than I expected to on this tour, well worth it.

Our guide was excellent and had great knowledge of that expected. We then did a walking tour around the Jewish Ghetto which was also a great experience

Fun trip. Covered all the main sites. Very cycle friendly city.