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Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Product ID: 19475
Experience the former Jewish district of Kazimierz with our Schindler’s List half-day walking tour. See historic synagogues, remnants of a real World War II ghetto, and discover why Spielberg chose Kazimierz as the set for his Academy Award-winning movie.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See Kazimierz, the former Jewish district with a dark history
  • Step inside the district used as the set for Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List
  • Explore the remnants of the World War II ghetto in Podgórze
Full description
Kazimierz was once a Jewish district, and before World War II the Jewish culture flourished. But the area, and the neighbouring district of Podgórze, became the scene of Nazi devastation, with most of the remaining Jewish population fleeing following the war.

However, since the late 1980s the area’s Jewish heritage has come back to life, the progress aided by the success of the Spielberg film, Schindler's List.

Now, you can experience the history of this interesting district and see exactly why Spielberg chose it as the set for his Academy Award-winning movie. Wander through Kazimierz, then across the bridge to Podgórze to see Schindler’s factory and surviving remnants of the WWII ghetto.

Along the way, you’ll see attractions such as the New Cemetery, a place where Krakow’s distinguished Jews were buried in the 19th and 20th centuries.

You’ll also visit the Old Synagogue, the oldest remaining example of Jewish architecture in Poland. Built in the early 1500s, the synagogue is now the site of many exhibitions devoted to Polish Judaism.

Another highlight is Isaac’s Synagogue. While the renovation of this historic building is still in progress, it is quite possible the most interesting and beautiful Jewish monument in Krakow.
Includes
  • Three-hour walking tour
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Lots of interesting stories

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Meeting point

Next to St. Adalbert's Church located at the Main Square.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Review summary

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    4.7 / 5
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  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
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It is a walking tour, so prepare to walk (4-6 km). Great tour! Nice way to learn a small part of Krakow’s history and Jewish Quarter and Ghetto. Our guide Michael provided a lot of information, and he was very friendly and passionate to tell the story of Jewish and Polish people who lived in the area. Suggestion: tour ends at Schindler’s Factory so its a good idea to sync your tours to visit the factory after this tour. Allow yourselves some time to take a break (toilets, food, drinks) cause you might need to restore some energy after a long walk.

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March 5, 2020

The Jewish quarter is buzzing with student life, here are the pubs and terraces. Until the film Shindler's list, this neighborhood was dilapidated and unimportant. Now it is fully alive. Take a look at the tourist paths and you will see the decline, that gives it extra charm; There are still houses that have not been inhabited since the war because the owners have been deported and until now none of the family claims that property. You get shivers when you realize this while standing in front of such a house. Apparently not many Jews live in this neighborhood anymore, but we still had a nice meal in one of the Jewish restaurants. We opted for a Dutch-speaking guide here, which was more expensive, but still makes it easier for everyone to follow. She was very aloof, that was not very pleasant.

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October 4, 2019

One of the best tours we have done. Our guide was incredible. Very knowledgeable and able to bring the topic alive with relevant details. We really enjoyed the references to Schindler’s List and being able to relate to the events in the film and match filming locations certainly was a bonus with a teenager along. I would highly recommend.

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July 22, 2019

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Product ID: 19475