World War II in Kraków

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Short Description
A tour focusing on the Nazi German occupation. What was underground education like, how was the resistance organised, and how did the occupiers operate? Finally, how ordinary people tried to make it to the end of the war. Please note - the tour deliberately does not focus on Jewish topics, which are covered in depth on the Jewish Krakow and Schindler's Factory tours.
Total time
2,5 h
„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
Katyń wooden cross, next to St. Gilles’ Church, near to Grodzka Street 67. Look for the guide with a yellow umbrella.Go to map
Ending point
Plac Inwalidów
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The time of the German occupation of Krakow is considered to be the most difficult period in the history of the city. It was a time of darkness but also a time of true heroes. A time of courage, fear and betrayal, when even the simplest decision could bare grave consequences. A time that lives in us thanks to the stories of our parents and grandparents.

On this tour we will learn about the Nazi plans towards the Poles and understand how they repressed their victims. We will also talk about the citizens of Krakow and their attitudes towards the Germans.

That’s true – Kraków didn’t have an uprising and the city wasn’t demolished, but resistance movement still had it’s part during WWII. Join the World War 2 in Kraków FREE walking TOUR and learn more!

During the tour you will see:

  • Katyń wooden cross

  • St. Michael’s prison

  • Gestapo headquarters

  • bomb shelters (Park Krakowski)

Meeting Point
Katyń wooden cross, next to St. Gilles’ Church, near to Grodzka Street 67. Look for the guide with a yellow umbrella.

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.

Very informative tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
6 months ago

I believe my guide was Pavel. He was very know and made the tour both informative and interesting. Walkative tours have been excellent in Poland and this is no exemption. It’s horrific history, but something we can never forget.


The best tour I've ever had

Rated 5.0 out of 5
8 months ago

I’ve had Walkative tours in several cities in Europe. This one was the very best by far. Our guide Tomasz (or Big Tom) was not only very well informed of the facts, but actually introduced small details that made the whole tour come alive, touch your soul and leave a deep mark in there, almost 80 years after the end of a war that changed the world.

I’d like to wish Tomasz that his dream comes true: to create a new tour about Krakow’s unknown “James Bond” hero he told us about. I wish I could remember his name and do some further research about him, but I was so absorbed by Tom’s captivating narration that I forgot to make a note.

Once again, thank you for the most touching, educational and informative walking tour I’ve ever experienced anywhere in the world. You made me understand the psyche of both sides, in a way that only a historian who truly comprehends history between the lines can.

100% recommended.

I would appreciate it if Walkative could ask Big Tom to get in touch with me as I would be very interested in remembering the name of the Resistance hero he talked us about. Thank you.

Alex S

Unforgettable tour! Highly recommend!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Mateusz is a great guide! He’s knowledgeable and he organized the tour nicely. He also introduced a lot about Polish movies connected with this history.

We appreciate to have this chance learning the city’s story from a local.

We’ll recommend our friends to join if they plan to visit Krakow!


Amazing tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Thank u was absolutely amazing the guide was so informative and gave a totally different perspective would highly recommend.


Extremely Interesting tour - Thank you

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Well worth to book this tour discovering many interesting facts and buildings from WW11 . Another shout out to Mateusz (Mathew )for his guiding us around this amazing city – a great guy .

Peter and Elizabeth Britland

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a Private Tour.

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