Jewish Kraków

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Basic Information
Short Description
A tour dedicated to the Jewish heritage of Poland. We start in the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz to learn about the history and present of Polish Jews. Later we cross the river and go to the former ghetto and talk about WWII
Total time
2h 30min
English, Spanish, German, Polish, Ukrainian (check the booking calendar for availability) - look for the guide with the yellow umbrella
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
In front of the Old Synagogue on Szeroka 24 Street - look for the guide with the yellow umbrellaGo to map
Ending point
Ghetto Heroes Square
Additional info
♿️Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
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Without Kazimierz, the Jewish world would be as empty as a body without a soul. In a different time, in a different Kazimierz, Moses Isserles (the Remuh), one of the greatest Jewish scholars to ever live, said: “The aim of man is to search for the cause and the meaning of things”. Let’s follow his advice and go deeper into the history of the Jewish presence in Kraków. 

Jews have lived in Poland for nearly a millennium. In the Middle Ages, the country became known for its religious tolerance and gave Jews an unprecedented degree of social autonomy. Expelled and suffering persecutions in many other European countries, Jews flocked to Poland and the population grew rapidly. Jewish culture and learning flourished in Kazimierz. By the mid-16th century, it was the most significant center of Jewish life in the world. Even today, Jews from all over the world travel to Kazimierz and Poland to find their family, cultural and spiritual roots. By the end of the 1930s, the Jewish community of Kraków constituted about 25% of the city’s population. Just like everyone else, Jewish Cracovians had their hopes, dreams, ideas and plans for the future. All of them were crushed by the war and the occupation. The streets of the former Kraków ghetto bear witness to the desperate struggle to survive, and the destruction of Kraków’s Jewish community.

Today’s Kazimierz is a very peculiar place. During the tour, you can experience many contradictory emotions all at once: joy at discovering the rich history, culture and traditions of Polish Jewry; sadness and nostalgia for the lost, pre-war world; excitement at witnessing the rebirth of Jewish life here. The uniqueness of Kazimierz can be measured by one more thing: its amazing transition from the worst slum in Kraków to the most vibrant and hip district of the city where the lights never go out.  

On this 2 hours’ 30 minutes FREE Walkative! TOUR you will see and discover:

  • main “square” of the old Jewish Quarter – Szeroka Street 

  • Old and Remuh synagogues 

  • stories of famous Jews from Kraków

  • Plac Nowy (Nowy Sq) the centre of Kazimierz nightlife 

  • “Schindler’s List” sites and the real story behind the movie

  • WWII Jewish ghetto

  • Ghetto Heroes Square 

  • Pharmacy Under The Eagle

  • and much, much more…!

 Final point: Plac Bohaterów Getta (Ghetto Heroes Square)

After walking around Jewish district and the former ghetto we recommend taking Schindler’s Factory and Communist Kraków – Nowa Huta tours to understand history of Kraków better!

This tour describes the crimes of the Nazi Germans during the war and the terrible fate of Kraków Jews. In order to get to know this grim chapter of history better it is necessary to visit the former Nazi camp Auschwitz-Birkenau

Meeting Point
In front of the Old Synagogue on Szeroka 24 Street - look for the guide with the yellow umbrella

Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

Highly, highly recommended

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

Completed this tour with Maciek in March and was utterly spellbound by his comprehensive knowledge of the Jewish experience in Kraków over the last several centuries.

We spent a really engaging 3+ hours exploring a variety of sites and hearing personal stories of those referenced. Maciek’s style was a perfect blend of informative, entertaining and reflective as we passed through the various areas.

I felt truly moved by the end of the tour and left with many aspects of this culture’s rich and varied history to reflect upon. Thank you.


Big Tom is Big, 202 cm to be exact

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

I had a great time listening and learning from Tomasz on his tour this evening. It was quite an experience. As Big Tom initially explained the history of the Jewish people in Krakow and the district close that they occupied then progressing towards the darker period of history that was played out here.


Tolle Tour mit Natalia durch das jüdische Viertel

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

Natalia hat uns durch das jüdische Viertel geführt. 1000 Jahre jüdische Geschichte wurde uns in 2,5 Stunden näher gebracht. Sehr interessant und eine super Reiseleiterin. Daumen hoch!


Deep dive into the vivid jewish history of Krakow

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 weeks ago

A great tour with Big Tom. Krakow has a vivid and catching history and also has the jewish part of the city. And just as vivid as the jewish towns history, Big Tom tells great stories about the bright and the dark times, facts one wouldn’t expect and with great passion, even if he has just 5 Listeners in the evening. Thats why I highly recommend it.

Thank you very much!


Max was incredible

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 weeks ago

Our tour guide Max was incredibly well educated and so passionate about the history of the Jewish quarter. Every word was carefully chosen and he spoke so powerfully, it was incredibly moving and I learned so much!


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