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)
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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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.
We went on a Jewish Krakow Walkative tour with Big Tom as our guide. Big Tom is really engaging and very knowledgeable. He was able to answer all questions and took our group to lots of different places in order to tell the history of the Krakow Jews including the persecution of them in WW2. The tour included the former Krakow Ghetto. We leant alot and heard stories of individual people. Being in the same place where these atrocities happened was surreal
After the tour Big Tom hung around to answer any further questions and assisted with public transport information.
Thanks so much Big Tom, you gave us a lot of information and kept us engaged throughout.
The Jewish Krakow tour was very interesting! Kristof has so much historical knowledge that he provided us with, and the area itself is absolutely charming!
I highly recommend it!
Really enjoyed the jewish krakow walking tour today. Seen all the key sights within the city and the info was really interesting and informative- just the perfect amount of what you need to know. The tour guide was enthusiastic and made the whole experience even better. Thanks a lot for a great tour
Tomasz was our guide today on the Jewish Krakow tour and we couldn’t have asked for someone better. So much knowledge and interesting stories to tell, as well as very considerate and approachable. Thank you Big Tom!
Visited Krakow in late Nov this year. We met out tour guide Max in the jewish quarter and he was nothing short of amazing. His knowledge was incredible, and there was not a question he couldn’t answer. He was informative and funny, made things light hearted but also serious where appropriate. You could feel the real emotion and passion he felt towards his job/interests and it really shone through. Incredible. Thank you Max!