Jewish Kraków

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English, Spanish, German, Polish, Ukrainian (check the booking calendar for availability)
Total time
2h 30min
Meeting point
In front of the Old Synagogue on Szeroka 24 Street. (Exception: Tours in 🇪🇸: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill)
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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

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Ticket Message


  • Meeting Point: In front of the Old Synagogue on Szeroka 24 Street. (Exception: Tours in 🇪🇸: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill)
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • Language: English
  • Groups of 8-12 people that booked with paid option – note it is not a private tour.
  • Groups of more than 7 that did not pay for the reservation can be rejected by the guide. 
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Please note that the Walkative! guides are independent and thinking individuals. Depending on the guide, the tours may vary, but they are always designed to bring you lots of knowledge and fun.

Meeting Point
In front of the Old Synagogue on Szeroka 24 Street. (Exception: Tours in 🇪🇸: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill)

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.

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Tour in Jewish Krakow with the guide Tomas (Big Tom)

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

A month ago we joined a tour of Jewish Krakow guided by Tomas. It was one of the best tours we ever had. The guy was amazing, fluent in English, he mastered every aspect of subject matter. He successfully delivered the grim story of the Jews in Poland and especially in Krakow. All the participants in the tour listened with interest to his stories and intrerpretations.

He is an excellent guide.


Amnon Birman

Fantastic tour - invaluable

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Our guide Tomasz (Big Tom), is a professional historian & storyteller with skills that bought home the vibrancy, humanity and suffering of Kazimierz and Podgorze. The route of the walk seemed carefully chosen to show places of interest and to support the information being shared. The story of Krakow’s Jewish areas needs to be told and Tomasz does so with passion and honesty. A fantastic tour – thanks Tomasz.

Neil Jorgensen

Essential to learn about what happened to the Jews of Krakow

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Jacob was our very knowledgeable and funny guide, considering the subject. He told us everything about the Jewish people of Krakow and Poland, starting from their early beginnings centuries ago, to their end in WW2. He also adds personal family stories as well. Highly recommended, it’s the best way to understand what happened to the Jewish people, and to see where they lived

Stephen Harrison

An amazing evening

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Damian was an amazing guide. The tour was filled of information about the Jewish history in Krakow and in Poland. Moreover the guide was really well prepared and make the tour very pleasant to hear. Lastly, I want to thank him to share some of his family history making the tour more personal; a special treasure.


Great tour by Damian

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

It was very nice how he showed and explained everything. I had an amazing time.


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