Jewish Kraków

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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.
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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.



A brilliant tour with a brilliant guide

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 months ago

We did a different tour with Tomasz in the morning and we quickly realised we needed to do this one with him. He was able to explain everything in great detail and even brought photos along to accompany his stories. He is surely passionate about this theme thus making every minute of the tour worthwile and insightful. He’d shelter us from the cold whenever he could and would tell us important stories about those places. We don’t think we could’ve had such a fantastic storyteller as we had for these tours.

Dziękuję Tomasz!

Daniela

Gran experiencia

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 months ago

Hice el tour en español con Max en el día de la fecha. A pesar de la lluvia y el frío, estuvo muy muy bueno. Es una gran oportunidad para interiorizarse en la historia del guetto de la ciudad y aporta mucha data que no es de público conocimiento. Lo re recomiendo!

Cecilia

Fantastic tour and fantastic guide!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 months ago

Loved the Jewish tour! Damian is very funny and has lots of knowledge to share! Highly recommended!

Leticia Gallan Ramalho

Damian give me an history lesson

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 months ago

It’s great when you can transport yourself to a time in time, sometimes scary and sad, as was the case. Fantastic guide, thank you Damian and Walkative for these historical moment.

José Ricardo Santos

Brilliant tour and tour guide Tomasz

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 months ago

This was possibly one of the best tours I have ever done. Tomasz is an amazing storyteller backed by detailed historical knowledge. The way he weaved the humanity into a very sensitive and difficult topic was truly admirable. He kept us engaged throughout.

Brilliant tour – thanks Tomasz!

Antoinette Van der Merwe


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