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

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

Explore the Jewish heritage of the city of Krakow on a guided tour. Begin outside the Old Synagogue in the Kazimierz district, 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.

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Krakow: Schindler's Factory Ghetto and Jewish Heritage Tour

2. Krakow: Schindler's Factory Ghetto and Jewish Heritage Tour

Learn about the dark history of Poland on this guided tour. Start your tour with pickup by your instructor who will explain to you the sightseeing plan for the day before starting your audio-guided tour of Kazimierz and Podgórze district.   For many centuries, Kazimierz was a place of coexistence and interpenetration of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures. Its 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 an important center of cultural life in the city. Explore Plac Bohaterów Getta, Ghetto Heroes Square, 6 synagogues, Szeroka Street, and more. The last stop on your tour will be a 2-hour visit to Oskar Schindler’s Factory. This museum tells the story of Oskar Schindler and the fate of the Jews during wartime in Krakow. Using vast archival documents, photos, radio and film recordings, period artifacts, and dynamic media installations, you’ll delve even deeper into the darker sides of Krakow’s history.

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Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

3. Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Visit one of the most important and popular museums in Krakow at Oskar Schindler's with your professional guide. Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war at the exhibition "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation" Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the "Pod Orłem" pharmacy, and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs.

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Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

4. Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

Get an interesting lesson about the history of Nowa Huta and see typical examples of Socialist Realist architecture aboard a Communist-era car. Learn where the large statue of Lenin stood on Aleja Róż (Avenue of Roses), and marvel at the grandeur of Plac Centralny (Central Square). Get familiar with the history of Polish communism by taking a ride in a classic Polish car of that era and visiting bomb shelters that were built around a city in the case of World War III. Get impressive views from Centrum E and the Nowa Huta Cultural Center, and then look for the shelters built to prepare for nuclear war. See the former Światowid Cinema, and visit the 13th-century Mogila Abbey and its little church of Saint Barthélemy. Learn about the legend of Queen Wanda on Wanda Mound, and discover the birthplace of the district at the Kombinat steel factory. Look at a famous sign that was altered after the fall of communism, and take photos of a Soviet tank outside the Ludowy Theater (People’s Theater). Discover the story of the Arka Pana (Lord's Ark) Church and Chapel of Conciliation and the battle the locals waged to have it built. Upgrade your tour to the extended 3.5-hour option, and include a visit to either a Cold War bomb shelter or a communist apartment.

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Krakow: Schindler's Factory and Jewish Ghetto Guided Tour

5. Krakow: Schindler's Factory and Jewish Ghetto Guided Tour

Visit one of the most important museums in Krakow at Oskar Schindler's with your professional guide. Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war at the exhibition Krakow Under Nazi Occupation. Walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, the houses where thousands of displaced Jews lived, the Pod Orłem pharmacy, and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs.

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Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

6. Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

Take a tour with a licensed museum guide of Schindler's factory, featured in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List." Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war. Stroll through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. 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 Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs. Begin the second half of the tour and be driven to Wieliczka, a small town 10 kilometers from Krakow. Visit one of the largest old salt mines in Europe and explore it at your own pace without a guide. The depth of the 700-year-old mine is 340 meters, the total length of corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. Walk along a route of more than 3 kilometers and see 20 halls, including the largest, St. Kinga's Church, named for the patroness of miners. Admire the underground church's interior, richly decorated with chandeliers and sculptures of saints carved out of salt. Experience the special curative microclimate in the mine and learn about the sanatorium, 135 meters below ground.

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Krakow: UAZ Soviet Army Car Ride to Nowa Huta and Shelters

7. Krakow: UAZ Soviet Army Car Ride to Nowa Huta and Shelters

Experience the atmosphere of the Cold War as you travel to the planned socialist city of Nowa Huta, the former location of the Vladimir Lenin Steelworks. Jump onboard a real Soviet 8-seater to be transported to Nowa Huta, which was envisioned as an ideal utopian city. Feel the excitement as you head underground to a command bunker specially constructed in case of a total war with the USA and NATO. Learn fascinating stories from a professional guide about the secret facility, which only opened to the public relatively recently. Take snaps of yourself next to a real World War 2 tank on your way back to Krakow, and come away with memorable stories to share.

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Krakow: Schindler's Factory Tour with Entrance Ticket

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

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Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

10. Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

Take a tour with a licensed museum guide of Schindler's factory, featured in Stephen Spielberg's oscar-winning film "Schindler's List." Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war. Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. 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 Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs. Next, begin the second half of the tour and be driven to Wieliczka, a small town 10 kilometers from Krakow. Visit one of the largest old salt mines in Europe and explore it at your own pace without a guide. The depth of the 700-year-old mine is 340 meters, the total length of corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. Walk along a route of more than 3 kilometers and see 20 halls, including the largest, St. Kinga's Church, named for the patroness of miners. Admire the underground church's interior, richly decorated with chandeliers and sculptures of saints carved out of salt. Experience the special curative microclimate in the mine and learn about the sanatorium, 135 meters below ground.

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What people are saying about Lesser Poland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 326 reviews

Absolutely brilliant and a must do in Krakow. Mateusz is an amazing guide and such a lovely person. We really enjoyed our time being driven around in a Lada and learning about the history. Mateusz is so knowledgable and passionate about the city and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide. To anyone interested in the history of Poland or someone who has previously been to Krakow I would thoroughly recommend this tour. My dad said it was the best tour he has ever been on. Next time we’re in Krakow we’ll definitely be contacting Mateusz! Dziękuję

Phil the tour guide was absolutely amazing. Fantastic English, so knowledgable and was able to answer every single question we had. He was a pleasure to be around and made us feel like the first customers he’d ever had. Just wish we could have tipped him more (cashless society habits). Thank you very much Phil!

tour was one of the best we had so far,guide told us lot of insight and great stories and also suggest a book that we later buy and read from the shop of the meusem and it was worth every penny!

Guide met us in designated place on time . He was very knowledgeable and seemed passionate about the history he was recounting . He held our interest throughout the tour

It was worth it! Our guide was really knowledgeable and explained us many things and answered all of our questions 10/10 would totally recommend!!