In Krakow’s atmospheric Jewish quarter (Kazimierz), every stone tells a tale. Be enthralled by stories from the past as you take a guided walk through the cobbled streets.
Discover the ancient roots of Kazimierz, once an independent town where Catholics and Jews lived side by side. See the different architectural styles used by each community and learn how to tell the difference between them.
See the synagogues and the Kosher ritual slaughter building, signs of the time when Kazimierz was one of the most important Jewish settlements in Poland. Hear grim tales of the Nazi regime in Krakow and the tragedy of the Holocaust.
Learn the true story of Krakow industrialist Oskar Schindler, immortalized in the film “Schindler’s List”, who saved more than 1000 Jews during the Nazi regime. See locations for the Spielberg film and the actual factory where Schindler’s Jewish workers were employed. Find out how the film helped revitalize Kazimierz.
This tour includes a 30-minute break to discuss the history and present day situation of Kazimierz with your knowledgeable guide.
To join the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour you should make your way to Main Market Square and meet your guide at St. Adalbert's Church. The 3-hour tour consists of a 2 ½ -hour walk tour and a 30-minute break for discussion.
Before heading off, stop for a minute to admire 11th century St Adalbert, one of the oldest stone churches in Poland. Then, your guide will lead you to Kazimierz, now known as “Krakow’s Jewish District”. Until 1791, Kazimierz was an independent town, with its own charter and laws, where most of the time Jews and Catholics co-existed peacefully. Each ethnic group had its own characteristic building style and even today you can tell which community occupied a particular neighborhood.
Until World War II, Kazimierz was the most important center for Jewish culture in Poland. But, with the mass deportation and extermination of Krakow’s Jews by the Nazis, the area fell into decline.
Your tour starts in the Jewish part of old Kazimierz. You’ll walk along Szeroka, a long, wide cobbled street lined with restaurants. At one end of the street is the Old Synagogue, one of seven synagogues that miraculously escaped destruction by the Nazis.
Dating from the 15th century, the Old Synagogue has been extensively altered over the centuries. Ransacked by the Nazis and used to store armaments, it was renovated in the 1950s and is now part of the Historical Museum of Krakow.
As you pass Plac Nowy (New Square) you’ll see a round building in the middle of the plaza which housed a ritual slaughter house for Kosher meat.
Your guide will show you the main ghetto square and the ghetto wall and locations used in the Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List”. This film is based on the true story of German industrialist Oskar Schindler who is credited with saving the lives of more than 1200 Krakow Jews during the Holocaust.
You’ll see the enamelware factory owned by Schindler, where he employed Jewish workers and protected them during the Nazi occupation. Today, the factory houses a museum dedicated to the history of Krakow under the Nazis.
Your tour ends here and does not include entrance to the museum, but if you wish you may pay the admission fee and go inside after the tour is over.
This tour was excellent. The guide was very friendly and she was very knowledgable. She was able to answer any questions she was asked and at the end of the tour which did not... Stephen Stokes
quite alot of information ..... good walking tour... john j holland
Duration: 3 hours
Please make your way to St. Adalbert's Church, Main Market Square.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time for check-in. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Oskar Schindler’s factory
Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking. Take a warm and waterproof coat and an umbrella for wet or snowy conditions. Don’t forget the camera.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
This tour does not go inside any monuments or attractions.
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