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Kazimierz (Jewish District)

Kazimierz - or Jewish District - was for a long time an independent town with its own municipal charter and laws. Its colorful history was determined by its mixed Jewish-Polish population, and though the ethnic structure is now wholly different, ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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.

Doing what: Best Small-Group Walking Tour of Kazimierz in Krakow

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2015

We ended up with a private tour, because no one else signed up. It was a great tour. I only wish we had seen the churches that were also in Kazimierz.

Doing what: Sightseeing tour of Krakow's Jewish District Kazimierz: Retracing the Locations in Schindlers List

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

This was a wonderful start to our stay in Krakow. Mike greeted us as arranged and our party of 8 took a short walk to the bike shop to be kitted out with our sturdy bikes. Soon we were whizzing around the city and Mike proved to be a very informative and entertaining guide. We covered so many key sites and learnt a great deal about the fascinating history of the city and Poland. Our stop for lunch was in a traditional Jewish restaurant in Kazimierz ...perfect food and company. We would thoroughly recommend this tour... Excellent value for money and great to do at the beginning of a stay to orientate you to the city and its various districts. Thank you Mike for giving us such a great start to our holiday !

Doing what: Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

My husband and I had our tour guide, Mike, all to ourselves on a beautiful day in Krakow. The cycling was easy, nice and flat and though the cycles weren't the newest I've seen, they were comfortable and pleasant to ride. Mike was knowledgable, stopping every few minutes to give us info on various buildings and statues and other sights. We cycled along the river on the cycle paths, over a bridge, leaving the Old town behind us and heading into the ghetto and on to the Schindler factory. We stopped for lunch at a fascinating little restaurant in the old Jewish area, Kazimierz, before heading back into town. I was so glad we did this tour as it gave us a much better feel for where everything was and we wouldn't have learned anywhere near as much on our own. And it was so much more fun (and cheaper) than the electric tour cars that do some of the sights we visited. I would heartily recommend this to anyone visiting Krakow.

Doing what: Sightseeing Bike Tour of Krakow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2011

My sister and I really enjoyed seeing Krakow with our guide, Conrad. He was knowledgeable and very entertaining. Among other sights, we saw Wawel Cathedral and Castle (amazingly beautiful), Kazimierz Jewish district, and the Main Square including Saint Mary's Church. We saw a great deal of the city. I highly recommend this tour.

Doing what: Krakow in One Day Sightseeing Tour

United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2011

So glad we booked this on my birthday (SJ) and not Auschwitz/Birkenau. I don't think I could have survived being 60 on such a day in such a place. This trip was most interesting, informative and well executed. The English-Speaking guide was attentive, but walked much too fast in parts for our poor legs to keep up, and she had to stop and wait for us on several occasions. Otherwise, walking and steps apart, the Wawel Castle (vavval) and Church, with the wonderful Art work, and decor, the furniture, etc were equal in comparison to Konopiste Castle in Czech Republic last year, and better preserved than the Czesky Crumlov in Czech Republic last ear.
All told, the tour showed us parts of the town, the Main Market Square, explained about the Kazimierz district, and King Kazimierz etc, and the division he instigated between the Jews and the Gentiles - the wall, the remains of the old wall - all explained well, in detail, but for me, (SJ) going back to the 1100's is of no real interest. I want to EXPERIENCE a country and it's current culture, not it's antiquities. However that is not what we are offered wherever we go. It is always Centuries old news, and dates and History do nothing for me. Reality does, and the graffiti in the Jewish area shows a lack of respect for the 200 Jews left out of what was once (1941-43) 70000 souls. THAT is tragic!

Doing what: Krakow in One Day Sightseeing Tour

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