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
Language
English, Spanish, German, Polish, Ukrainian (check the booking calendar for availability) - look for the guide with the yellow umbrella
Price
„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.
About

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

BOOKING RULES
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.



Best way to see the Jewish Quarter

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

Excellent guided walk led by Victoria. Very knowledgeable, informative and interesting. Very highly recommended

Lee

Worthy time investment

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 weeks ago

It was so interesting! Thanks to Magda, the time flew, two and a half hours went very fast. It is not too challenging in terms of walking, so anyone can handle. Lots of new things I had no idea of. Thank you, Magda! A lot of information. And now I’m going to re-watch Shindler’s List. Awful to live in reality when even now people kill others because of nationality.

Tetiana

Jewish Krackow

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 weeks ago

Tomas was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about this topic. It was the perfect tour for me after visiting Schindler’s factory and hearing about the terrible experiences of the Jewish people in krakow. To then walk the actual streets of the getto and hears stories of the people made it all very real. Thank you ,Tomas, for such an important experience.

Deborah Rastall

Very Worthwhile Tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 weeks ago

Taking this tour of the Jewish Quarter was the perfect complement to a tour of Auschwitz. Jakob provided amazing context. Highly recommend.

Dave

Amazing tour with amazing Izabella

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 weeks ago

This was one of the best tours I had: I accidentally booked a tour in Spanish and was about to cancel when I realized that. Thank God I decided to join the tour in Spanish with Izabella. She was such a wonderful guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and was able to convey the rich history of the Jewish Quarter in a captivating way.

Izabella’s passion was evident in every story she told and landmark she described, making the complex history accessible and interesting. Additionally, her ability to switch effortlessly between Spanish and English (whenever needed) ensured everyone understood. Izabella’s warmth, enthusiasm, and deep knowledge made this tour unforgettable. It was my second time in Krakow and the second tour pf the Jewish Quarter, and, by far, the best one. If you’re visiting Krakow, I highly recommend taking a tour of the Jewish Quarter with Izabella

Lurdes Portugal


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