This tour is also available as
a Private Tour.
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:
Final point: Plac Bohaterów Getta (Ghetto Heroes Square)
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.
It was very interesting to learn the difficult history of jewis in Krakow.
Victoria was great! Thanks
A fabulous tour by Victoria, all about the history of the Jewish Quarter. So many fascinating stories and facts, told in an interesting and engaging way. I laughed and smiled alot, and at the end Victoria told a story that brought tears to my eyes. I can’t recommend this tour enough. Thank you Victoria.
We went on the Jewish quarter tour with Max and it was fascinating. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and provided an excellent tour. It gave us a real insight into the history of this part of krakow and would highly recommend this to anyone!
We were lucky to have the guide Natalia for our tour. She is very knowledgeable, gave a thorough and thoughtful tour and speaks English very well. We also felt her commentary was fair and serious. Thank you Natalia.
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.