Best Small-Group Walking Tour of Kazimierz in Krakow
- Led by a local guide
- Small-group tour
As you walk along the lively streets filled with cafes and restaurants, hear from your guide about the district’s long history, which was home to Krakow’s mixed Jewish-Polish population from the 14th century until World War II, when most of Krakow’s Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Learn about the mass deportation of Kazimierz residents to the Nazi concentration camps and how the district fell to ruin once all traces of Jewish life disappeared.
Kazimierz is full of life once again, but only the architecture tells you that this was once Jewish area, and you’ll see some of the synagogues that surprisingly survived the war, including Old Synagogue and High Synagogue. When you enter the western part of the district, you’ll notice a change – this part of Kazimierz was traditionally Catholic. Walk by Christian sites like Catholic churches and Skalka (the Church on the Rock).
Finally, arrive at Oskar Schindler’s enamelware factory, which saved many Jews from death when Schindler employed them to work there – a story made famous by Steven Spielberg’s movie Schindler’s List. The factory today is a museum dedicated to the history and tragedies of Krakow’s Nazi occupation.
Your tour ends here and does not include a visit inside the museum, but you may enter it at your own expense after the tour, if you wish.
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Old Synagogue in Kazimierz in Krakow
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entrance fees (tour does not include going inside the Schindler factory; you may do so on your own after the tour)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Reviewed by: TJ Hooker, November 2015
Great insight into the ghetto's and the surrounding area of the Jewish quarters in Kazimierz that included a visit to Schindlers factory. Entry is free on the second Monday of each month note, entry is not included in the tour. We decided to go into the factory which is now a magnificent museum that holds invaluable material about the Holocaust and events leading up to the Second World War. Worth a visit a truly fantastic exhibition.
Reviewed by: Mary W, September 2015
Excellent your guide. Lots of great information