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Krakow: Kazimierz, Jewish Ghetto and Schindler's Factory

1. Krakow: Kazimierz, Jewish Ghetto and Schindler's Factory

Learn about the everyday lives of the Jewish community before and during World War II. In a tour of a maximum of 12 people, you will learn about the beginning of Nazi occupation, the first resettlements and the harsh conditions of life in the ghetto. The tour starts in Kazimierz where you will see the Jewish Quarter, the center of Jewish life until the beginning of World War II. Explore the neighborhood and learn about one of the largest synagogue complexes in Europe. From Kazimierz you will head towards Podgórze, the district where the Jewish ghetto was located. The tour passes the Ghetto Heroes Square with its meaningful monument of empty chairs, the Eagle Pharmacy, and fragments of the Ghetto Wall.  At the end, you will get an insight into the history of Oskar Schindler and see the original factory which now houses the Historical Museum of Kraków. The tour ends in front of Schindler’s Factory which you can explore on your own, or you can be dropped off at the starting point.

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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.

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Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Electric Golf Cart Tour

3. 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.

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Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

4. Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

Your tour begins next to the Wawel Castle at an easy-to-find meeting point. From there, you will begin covering the most important parts of Krakow. Begin by explore the Old Town, including Wawel Castle. This area contains many gorgeous churches as well as the Bishop's Palace, the Jagiellonian University, and many other historical buildings. You will then explore the Jewish Quarters, which contain breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings from the former city of Kazimierz. You will then discover the remains of the Ghetto walls and Main Square, as well as Schindler’s Factory. Following those 2 hours, you will have some time to go inside Schindler's Factory on your own. Please check the price of the ticket and if the museum will be open this day, and your driver is able to wait for about 50 minutes before driving you back to the city center.

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

6. 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. 

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Krakow: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

7. Krakow: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

During World War II, the Poguzhe district was the site of a Jewish Ghetto. 75 years after the end of the war, the district still keeps this heritage alive. The area serves to remind visitors of the horrors of war and the need to prevent such things from happening again. Visit the famous Plac Bohaterów Getta (Ghetto Heroes' Square), where Jewish inhabitants of Krakow were identified and sent off to concentration camps. See a fragment of the original ghetto wall, which now serves as a monument and place of pilgrimage for many Jewish people visiting from abroad. Continue to the buildings where thousands of displaced Jews used to live in cramped conditions. The final stop will be the famous "Under the Eagle" pharmacy.

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Krakow: Electric Scooter Tour of the City

8. Krakow: Electric Scooter Tour of the City

Starting in the heart of the old town, your guide will show you how to ride your scooter before taking you on an immersive route through the old city of Kazimierz. You will discover Krakow’s past as you visit the largest medieval market square in Europe. Enjoy a chance to admire the architecture and take in the views as your local, charismatic guide tells you the history of the streets you drive through. Learn more about the city as the tour continues around the Royal Wawel Castle, through the old town and past other 11th century monuments, before finishing back at the meeting point. Children up to 12 years of age can share a double scooter with their guardian. You can also choose to pair up with your travel buddy (up to 180 kg Max). For these cases, please book only one scooter.

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Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Sightseeing Golf Cart Tour

9. Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Ghetto Sightseeing Golf Cart Tour

Travel to Kazimierz, the oldest district of Krakow, which was once a separate city. Experience a place of peaceful coexistence where Christian and Jewish cultures intertwine. See over 20 monuments. Ride along the beautiful, picturesque streets of Kazimierz and learn about the history of its inhabitants. Explore one of the most important neighborhoods in city. Head to former Jewish ghetto, which existed during the war and view traces of those terrible events like a fragment of the ghetto wall, houses where displaced Jews lived, the historic pharmacy Pod Orłem, and the monument in Ghetto Heroes Square.

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Krakow: Guided Segway Tour

10. Krakow: Guided Segway Tour

See the most important sights in the historical center of Krakow by Segway and learn more about the history of the monuments from an expert guide. Get a short training session on the self-balancing personal transporter before you set off to explore the medieval buildings of the Old Town. Ideal for those on their first trip to the city who want to broaden their knowledge about its origins and cultural life, you will see the highlights from more than 6,000 historical sites and marvel at the rich variety of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic palaces, churches, theaters. Discover impressive stained glass windows and works of art, including paintings, sculptures and more. Enter the traditional Kazimierz district to get a feel for its mix of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures. Hear how the inhabitants were forced to relocate across the river to the Jewish Ghetto in Podgórze by the occupying German army in 1941.

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What people are saying about Podgórze

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 674 reviews

Had a great tour. First along the Kazimierz, seen both the Jewish and the Christian part with Dutch information. Also - in a nice mode of transport - we visited the Jewish ghetto and Schindler's List Museum! Also compliments to the guide, who also gave a lot of information outside the information given via a speaker in English and wanted to let us get out of the car to see something up close.

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!

Valentino was an amazing guide. Very informative and friendly. We felt very welcomed! The trip was smooth and easy. Valentino had some good banter! :)

Valentino was friendly and informative on our tour. Would highly recommend him.

Fantastic young lady who spent well more then the allotted 2 Hours with us.