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Krakow: Tour by Electric Car & Optional Schindler’s Factory

1. Krakow: Tour by Electric Car & Optional Schindler’s Factory

Discover the city of Krakow in a day. Meet at the designated meeting point so you don't get lost in the city. Your driver/guide will take you on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric car. This method of transport guarantees that you can visit the city's 3 most historical districts in just 2 hours. Get to know the city and its history during this amazing city tour. Along the way you can expect to see the following: • Old Town: Wawel Castle, Barbakan, gorgeous churches, and many other historical buildings • Jewish Quarters: Breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings from the former city of Kazimierz • Ghetto: Remains of the Ghetto’s walls and Main Square as well as Schindler’s Factory After the 2 hour tour, you will be dropped off at the Schindler's Factory Museum. You will receive skip-the-line tickets (for an additional cost) and you will have 1 hour to visit the factory on your own. After 1 hour, you will be picked up from the factory and dropped off at the place where the tour started. If you prefer not to visit the factory, you will return to the tour starting point.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

2. Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

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.

Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

3. Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

The joys of this tour lie not only in what you will discover but also in the simple pleasures of biking through the beautiful gardens, along the lazy Vistula river, and through the colorful streets of Kazimierz. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness. There are plenty of stops for historical explanations and photo opportunities. The duration of the bike tour is 4 to 4.5 hours, including a 45-minute break for lunch at a traditional Polish restaurant where you can order anything from pirogies to Żurek, a sour wheat soup. The city bike tour begins every day under the Adam Mickiewicz statue in the main market square. 

Krakow Segway Half Day Tour of the Jewish Quarter

4. Krakow Segway Half Day Tour of the Jewish Quarter

The major attractions of Krakow's Jewish Quarter are arranged just perfectly for a Segway. This tour combines history with fun and includes some amazing stories. The Jewish Quarter features sites from the movie Schindler's List, synagogues and squares and the Old Meat Market. The actual Oskar Schindler Factory is in the World War II Ghetto area, along with Heroes of the Ghetto Square.

Kraków 2-Hour Guided Tour: History and Photos

5. Kraków 2-Hour Guided Tour: History and Photos

Spend an authentic day in Krakow after a well-planned route through the city. Instead of showing the most popular Old Town with the main market square that everyone can, this is a special trip by electric golf car. Discover the most important and suggestive monuments surrounding the Old Town, Kazimierz (Christian part with churches and Jewish part with synagogues), the Jewish ghetto from the Second World War and Oskar Schindler's Factory. Explore the most famous churches, synagogues and monuments. Explore less popular but beautiful streets, where you will feel the true climate of the district. On the tour you can try the most famous Zapiekanki (open-faced sandwich) on Plac Nowy. To reminisce about the trip for a long time, be photographed at the most interesting points. If your English is not very good, don’t worry - you have the opportunity to hear the history of the monuments from the installed audio system in your language.

Krakow: Kazimierz, Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

6. Krakow: Kazimierz, Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Learn about the Jewish heritage of the city of Krakow on a guided tour. Start the tour outside the Old Synagogue in the Kazimierz district. This district has been home to the Jewish community for centuries. Explore the charming streets of this now trendy neighborhood with your guide, as you learn about the history of Jewish people in Krakow. Next, visit Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory. Learn about the horrors of the Holocaust, and Oskar Schindler's heroic efforts to save Jewish people from the concentration camps operated by the Nazi regime. Finally, make your way to the site of the former Jewish ghetto, where many Jews were forced to live during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Learn about the suffering and overcrowded conditions endured by the Jewish community. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the pharmacy "Under the Eagle", and the monument of 68 chairs in Heroes' Square.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Electric Golf Cart Tour

7. Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Electric Golf Cart Tour

Travel to Kazimierz, the oldest district in Krakow on a group electric golf cart tour. Experience a place where Jewish and Christian cultures intertwine. View over 20 monuments in Kazimierz, and in the former Jewish ghetto. Ride along the vibrant streets of Kazimierz in a comfortable and eco-friendly vehicle. Cruise through twists and turns to discover charming shops and restaurants. Learn about the history of its inhabitants from your audio guide. Head to the former Jewish ghetto, which existed during the war. Find traces of those terrible events. Be moved as you see a fragment of the ghetto wall, the houses of displaced Jews, Pod Orłem pharmacy, and the monument in Ghetto Heroes Square.

Krakow: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour with a Local Historian

8. Krakow: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour with a Local Historian

A bicycle tour is a great opportunity for all, both young and old, who would like to get to know Royal Krakow in an active way. The route leads through the most important monuments of the Old Town, the picturesque Vistula Boulevards and the Jewish Kazimierz (it also includes the Krakow Ghetto and the Schindler’s Factory). This bicycle tour is a great choice for those who would like to explore the city on two wheels, and want to discover the most important sights of Krakow and Kazimierz. Your guide will be a history teacher and PhD student, who has for many years been fascinated by history, especially the history of Christianity and Israel. He is a Polish native and is well-traveled, having spent extensive time in the countries of both Sweden and Israel, but is glad to call Poland his home. Your guided Krakow bike tour includes such sites as the Old Town, Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Adalbert’s Church, the Town Hall Tower, Cloth Hall, Planty Park, Medieval City Walls, Wawel Hill, the Ghetto Heroes Square, and the Jewish Quarter.

Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

9. Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

After meeting with your guide, you will begin your city tour around Krakow in an electric car with an audio guide in your language. You will visit Old Town, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter, former ghetto, and Schindler's Factory. Your tour will take 1.5 hours, and during your tour, you can listen to information about the history of Krakow and descriptions of the monuments in your choice of 28 languages. One car can take up to 7 people on board. In case of more people, there are next car available. The roof is panoramic, so you will be able to see the monuments clearly. During good weather the car will be open, but in case of rain, you can use transparent curtains so as to still see your surroundings.

Krakow Kazimierz: 2-Hour Jewish Quarter Segway Tour

10. Krakow Kazimierz: 2-Hour Jewish Quarter Segway Tour

Kazimierz is a historical district of Kraków and Kraków Old Town, Poland. Since its inception in the fourteenth century to the early nineteenth century, Kazimierz was an independent city, a royal city of the Crown of the Polish Kingdom, located south of Kraków Old Town and separated by a branch of the Vistula river. For many centuries, Kazimierz was a place of coexistence and interpenetration of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures, its north-eastern part of the district was historic Jewish, whose Jewish inhabitants were forcibly relocated in 1941 by the German occupying forces into the Krakow ghetto just across the river in Podgórze. Today Kazimierz is one of the major tourist attractions of Krakow and an important center of cultural life of the city. Together you are going to delve into a unique ambience of Cracow's most bohemian part of the city with its countless of cafes , magnificent food and vibrant nightlife. Through Vistulas boulevards you are going to drive on Segways right into the heart of Kazimierz.

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What people are saying about Krakow Jewish Ghetto

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We explored different and interesting back streets and niches of Krakow that I had not seen before, really enriching our understanding of and appreciation for this fascinating city.

Paulina was an amazing guide. So friendly and informative. We enjoyed every part of this activity and would highly recommend it

Had a great time on the Segway. Arthur was a great guide with a lot of knowledge. Would definitely recommend.

Claudia was a very friendly engaging and informative tour guide that made the trip very worthwhile

Excellent and very knowledgeable guide. A really interesting exhibition. Well worth a visit.