Old Synagogue, Krakow

Old Synagogue, Krakow: Our most recommended tours and activities

Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

1. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Krakow's Kazimierz district has a long Jewish history. From the medival times Jews were living around this district. The memory of this rich history are beautiful preserved synagogues, prayer houses and small shops located around Kazimierz. Your guide will walk with you around the famous Szeroka Street with Remu and Old Synagogue, old city walls, original Schindler’s factory in the city’s industrial district of Zabłocie and the Podgorze where Getto was located during World War II. In Podgorze you will have chance to see Pankiewicz Eagle's Pharmacy and Plac Bohaterow Getta square with memorial made of 68 chairs.

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: Kazimierz, Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

3. 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: City Pass Krakow Card with 37 Museums

4. Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card with 37 Museums

Explore Krakow at your own pace and according to your own personal interests with a 1-, 2-, or 3-day City Card. Get access to 37 museums and monuments. See a traditional bourgeois house or hear the trumpet signal at the Gothic brick church of St. Mary’s Basilica. Learn more about World War II hero Oscar Schindler at the Oscar Schindler Factory. Visit the Eagle Pharmacy in the former ghetto, and learn how the Holocaust impacted Krakow’s Jews. Go to the Main Market Square Underground Museum and encounter vampires. A full list of museums will be attached to your City Pass, and to make getting from sight to sight easier, you can choose a card with unlimited travel on the city’s public transport system, day or night. The museums included in the City Pass include: 1. Schindlers Factory 2. Main Market Square Underground 3. Polish Aviation Museum 4. The Princes Czartoryski Museum (Lady with Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci) 5. City Defence Walls Krakow 6. Archaeological Museum Krakow 7. Stanislaw Lem Garden of Experiences 8. The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum 9. The Stanisław Wyspiański Museum 10. The Zwierzyniec House 11. The Jozef Mehoffer House 12. St. Adalberts Church Underground 13. St. Mary’s Church 14. History of Photography Museum 15. Centre for documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka, Archives. Office 16. History of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Museum 17. The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace 18. The Old Synagogue 19. The Archdiocese Museum 20. The Szołayski House 21. The Hipolit House 22. Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec 23. The Main Building of the National Museum 24. Regional Rydel`s Museum of Polish Modernism Rydlowka 25. The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum 26 Pomorska Street 27. Celestat 28. MOCAK 29. Town Hall Tower 30. Exhibition in Nowa Huta District Branice 31. Galicja Jewish Museum 32. The Barbican 33. The Eagle Pharmacy 34. The Krzysztofory Palace 35. Museum of the Home Army dedicated Gen Emil Fieldorf Nil 36. The Jan Matejko House 37. Kopiec Kościuszki

Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Former Ghetto Tour

5. Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Former Ghetto Tour

Having been established as a city on the island in close vicinity of Krakow, Kazimierz was supposed to become a competition to its neighbour – Krakow. The Jews who in the Middle Ages were prosecuted in the Western Europe started settling in Kazimierz and soon this city became a place of Jewish prosperity. It is here where you can find Jewish synagogues, cozy and tiny streets on which the hustle and bustle of Jewish life was prevailing before the catastrophe of WW2. See the oldest synagogue in Poland, trace the filming spots of the ‘Schindler’s List’ ,learn who are Ashkenazim and Sephardim, get to know Helena Rubinstein, Roman Polanski, Ludwick Zamenhof, and Maximilian Faktorowicz. Join us for 2.5-hour tour where we will discover the Jewish heritage in Krakow, get to know their traditions and exciting people who were creating the Jewish history in Poland.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory Tour with Entrance Ticket

6. Krakow: Schindler's Factory Tour with Entrance Ticket

Visit one of the most important and most popular museums in Krakow. Schindler’s Enamel Factory, located on 4 Lipowa street, is a part of the Historical Museum of Krakow. The main exhibition title is ''Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939–1945'.  You are invited to join the tour with a professional English speaking guide who will explain to you all aspects of the exhibition, including the story of Oskar Schindler. Upgrade your experience to enjoy a guided walk through the Kazimierz district (Old Jewish Quarter), Real Krakow Ghetto, or Salt Mine in Wieliczka.

Krakow Sightseeing by Eco-Vehicle

7. Krakow Sightseeing by Eco-Vehicle

Everyone is concerned about the environment, so what better way to explore Krakow than by electric car? This tour takes you on a whirlwind trip round the artistic and cultural heart of Poland. Ecological tours of the vehicles audio system is a convenient way to learn about the history and monuments of the royal city. Explore the Old Town, feel the traces of the Holocaust in the Krakow ghetto to the famous Oskar Schindler Factory. These are the famous Krakow sites you'll get to see on your drive: Old Town, Market Square, Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Church, Theatre. Slovak, Barbican, St. Peter and Paul's, Big Ben, Kazimierz - Wolnica, Church on the Rock,Tempel Synagogue, Old Synagogue, ul. Wide Square New Synagogue Remuh Ghetto, Ghetto Heroes Square, the Museum, The Eagle Pharmacy, and the factory Oskar Schindler. If you choose the 60 minute route, you can choose to drive through the Old Town and Kazimierz, the Old Town and the Ghetto, or the Ghetto and Kazimierz.  If you choose the 90 minute route, you'll get to visit the Old Tow, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto.

Krakow: Kazimierz District Jewish Heritage Tour

8. Krakow: Kazimierz District Jewish Heritage Tour

The Holocaust almost totally destroyed the rich culture of Polish Jews. Almost. Experience a mixture of feelings — perhaps sadness, nostalgia, and hope, as you discover the rebirth of Krakow’s Jewish district on this guided afternoon tour. Meet your guide in one of the most interesting parts of Krakow, Kazimierz, the only Jewish city of medieval Europe that has survived to this day. Nowadays, Kazimierz is one of the most popular parts of Krakow, with a unique, bohemian atmosphere and a vibrant nightlife. As you walk through the area, talk with your guide about the co-existence of two cultures and religions, the traditions of Krakow’s Jews, their customs, and famous Poles of Jewish origin.   On numerous squares, surrounded by synagogues, and near the ghetto wall, learn about events that were important for Jewish history and culture. Together, you’ll search for answers to difficult questions that concern us all.

Krakow: E-Car City Tour

9. Krakow: E-Car City Tour

Embark on a journey of discovery through Poland's capital city in an eco-friendly electric car. In the company of a professional, English-speaking driver, visit 3 of the city's most iconic historical districts in just 2 hours. Benefit from an audio guide available in 8 languages to help you understand the city's rich history. After meeting your driver, head to the Old Town. Admire the beauty of Wawel Castle, as well as many gorgeous churches and the bishop's palace, the Jagiellonian University, and many other historical buildings. Next, head over to the Jewish Quarter. Here, see a mix of breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings. Finish your tour in the former Jewish Ghetto, where you can see the remains of the Ghetto walls and Main Square as well as the iconic Oscar Schindler's Factory.

Krakow: Cruise, Golf Cart Ride and Schindler's Factory Visit

10. Krakow: Cruise, Golf Cart Ride and Schindler's Factory Visit

Take a look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, embarking on a short panoramic cruise on the Vistula River. See Krakow from the riverside, and see monuments such as the defensive walls of Wawel, with a panorama of the Royal Castle, the Cathedral, the silhouette of a dragon and more. Follow the footsteps of Jewish cultural monuments in Krakow in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. Visit monuments in the Kazimierz district and the ghetto that existed during the war in the Podgórze district, and learn about their history. Enter the Schindler's Factory Museum - one of the most popular museums in Krakow. Learn about the fate of Krakow and its inhabitants during the Nazi occupation, while walking through a museum named for a German entrepreneur who saved many Jews by employing them in his factory. Experience the interactive exhibition and learn about the history of Krakow with a knowledgeable guide.

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What people are saying about Old Synagogue, Krakow

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Our guide, Bart, was absolutely amazing. Among the best. The only thing you pay for here at GYG is the booking fee and then you pay whatever you want directly to Bart after the guide. It's quite a long walk so make sure you have comfortable shoes and it may not be for small children or you who are physically challenged. But the guidance is fantastic. Informative, in excellent English and lots of facts and anecdotes. Highly recommended but as I said, it's a long way to go at 2.5 hours.

A very nice and informative tour, you see and learn so many interesting things about Jewish life in Krakow. But with Monika we also had an extraordinarily competent and nice guide. If we had gone alone, we would have overlooked a lot, some things you only see when you are made aware of them. We can make an unreserved recommendation and thank you again for the beautiful day.

The best tour we have ever been on. Our guide, Bart, was so knowledgeable and interesting. We went to areas of the city which we would probably have never seen on our own. Highly recommend

Amazing experience. Chris,our guide showed us around the Jewish quarters and shared so many interesting stories about the history of the place. Cannot recommend enough!

Anya has exceptional knowledge and she is very passionate on her subject!