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Jewish Kraków
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Language
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)
Category
Walking tour
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


Additional Important Information
Included

Professional local guide

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.

 
Attention

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
Tour in 🇬🇧 🇩🇪 🇺🇦 🇵🇱: In front of the Old Synagogue on Szeroka 24 Street - look for the guide with yellow umbrella!
Tour in 🇪🇸 from 1. October '22: Katyń Cross at the foot of the Wawel Castle Hill.

BOOKING RULES
Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers. In the best interest of our visitors, we aim to keep our free tours relatively small (up to ~35 people in one group). Hence, we cannot accept parties of 8 or more people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a Private Tour or select an option with a fee of 8 Eur per person. For more information please contact us.

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Rated 5 out of 5
29 September 2022

Very rich and informative.

Furkan

Super interesante

Rated 5 out of 5
27 September 2022

La guía Isa (Isabel) fue una excelente guia! Nos llevo por todo el barrio judio contando la historia de cada lugar de una forma que nos matenía atrapado a todo el grupo.
Una guia muy recomendada.

Martin

What an absolute gem.

Rated 5 out of 5
24 September 2022

Booked on to the tour at the last minute and what a good decision that was. Our guide Damian was extremely informative and had a very deep knowledge of the city and the Jewish community associated with it. Damian, aside from his knowledge, was an extremely engaging gentleman who captivated the group with his anecdotes and understanding of historical events. Although this is in part a very sombre tour, I found it extremely interesting and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to experience it. Thank you, Damian.

Dave Thompson

Great walk!

Rated 5 out of 5
16 September 2022

Definitely recommendable. Our guide Victoria knew everything about the old town and it was great!
Our walk was a bit longer and more tiring than expected, a break in between would be nice, but maybe we just had bad shoes:-)

Jana and Katka


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