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Discover the stories of Krakow’s Jewish community on a 4-hour walking and minivan tour. Led by a local guide, explore the Kazimierz district, depicted in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Schindler’s List’, and home to a thriving Jewish community previous to World War II.  Pass the Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery, the Old Synagogue and learn about how many Jewish lives were saved at Oscar Schindler’s Factory museum.

Highlights

  • 4-hour Jewish history and heritage tour of Krakow
  • Trace the story of Krakow’s Jewish community through the centuries and during WWII
  • Explore Kazimierz, the city’s historical Jewish district, with its synagogues, monuments and kosher restaurants
  • Visit the Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery, and other sites
  • Hear about Kazimierz in WWII, and how its people were herded into the Jewish ghetto
  • Learn how Steven Spielberg filmed Schindler’s List here and see some of the locations
  • Visit the Oscar Schindler’s Factory museum to chart how Schindler saved many Jewish lives

What You Can Expect

Traces of Jewish Culture from Krakow

Explore the history of Krakow's Jewish community on a fascinating tour

Your tour will begin in central Krakow, where you’ll join up with your guide and hop aboard your minivan. On route, hear an introduction to Krakow’s Jewish history and heritage, and the community’s significant role in the development and culture of the city before WWII.

Journey to the former Jewish district of Kazimierz and hop out to stroll the streets, now home to monuments, synagogues and kosher restaurants. Learn why Steven Spielberg chose this area to depict the Jewish ghetto of Podgorze in ‘Schindler’s List.’ Traveling further back into history, hear how the revered rabbi Moses Isseries, known as Remuh, taught here in the 16th century.

Then step into the Old Synagogue, the longest surviving temple in Poland, and admire its Gothic design. Visit the active Remuh Synagogue and wander the ornate headstones of the Remuh Cemetery, including the tomb of Moses Isseries.

Afterward, make a stop at Oscar Schindler’s Factory museum. See the space of the original enamelware factory where Schindler protected Jewish workers from deportation. Examine the remaining documents and exhibits that tell the stories of Schlinder and his workers during that dark time in Krakow’s history.

Your tour will conclude at the WWII Plaszow concentration camp, where you can pay respects to the memorial honoring the thousands of Jews and Poles imprisoned here.

Customer Reviews

Renee B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic! There were only two of us so it was like a private tour. Lidia was an amazing guide, very engaging and knowledgeable about the Jewish history of Kraków. She guided us through the Schindler Museum explaining the key elements and made sure we could go through again at our own pace afterward

R A H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very small group with attentive guide Anna who really explained the history
And stories of the this piece of Jewish history.

Shirley F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

great guide
great program

iris l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good tour. The gide was very good

Ashley M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Tour took in even more than expected! Schindler's factory excellent, tour guide very informative!

Huw M J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

The whole trip was excellently managed from beginning to end-from pick-up point to drop off. On this trip there were only three of us in the party, and our guide on the tour, Karolina, was excellent. She spoke perfect English, was a very patient guide, and whats more, had an absolutely thorough command of her subject matter. My deepest thanks to Karolina for a completely absorbing material, and congratulations to whoever designed the tour for allowing it to be so interesting.

Tomi sue S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Great trip throughout the Jewish area in Krakow. We stopped at all the important stops. Our guide was terrific. The museum at the end, Oscar Schindler's museum, was incredible.

DJ & SJ United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2011

We sat to the side of the altar in this picture, on the 17th April. Our tour guide told us the meaning of the curtain, the inscriptions and all the details in this, one of the few remaining Jewish Synagogues in Krakow still in full use. Men in their little skullcaps came in, bowed to the Altar, and left quietly, whilst our Tour was in progress - leaving me at least feeling like we were intruding. The "cage" is where the Tora is read, a most sacred part of the building. Tora of course being the Jewish bible, from the first 5 parts of the Old Testament known to Christians, only. We found it fascinating to learn about putting stones on the graves in Jewish burials/cemetries and when we were taken to one, I put some small stones on a large grave stone, to mark my "Respect" - stones and rocks prevent animals and birds digging up the body, and in the desert where there are no flowers available anyway, a stone was used to signify "Respect". In Schindler's List at the end, the survivors and the actors are seen placing little stones around the name of Oskar Schindler. Now we understand.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

This tour was almost a private tour because there were only three guests. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting, she also adapted the itinerary according to our wishes.

Pauline M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

I was the only person taking the tour that day - such a shame, because it was truly excellent. I saw Helena Rubenstein's birthplace, Schindler's factory, the former ghetto including the Kracow Ghetto Pharmacy, the Jewish cemetery and many important buildings and landmarks. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, and even gave me a "suggested reading" list of Polish authors available in English editions. This is highly recommended.

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