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Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

Activity provider: PolinTours

Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

Activity provider: PolinTours

From US$ 66.45 per person

Immerse yourself in the captivating and moving history of the Warsaw Ghetto on this 3-hour tour. Learn all about its origins, everyday life inside and the 1943 uprising of the ghetto.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
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Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the turbulent history of the establishment and liquidation of the largest ghetto in Europe
  • See real places where the plan for the final solution was put into practice
  • Explore the last street of the ghetto and fragments of the ghetto walls
  • Visit the only synagogue in Warsaw that survived the Second World War
  • Put yourself in the times of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Full description
Experience an informative and impressive tour of the Warsaw Ghetto. The topic of this tour is the history of the establishment and liquidation of the largest ghetto in Europe. In 1940 the Nazis established the ghetto in the heart of Warsaw. Over 400,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were crammed in an area of 4 square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, and disease and more than 300,000 were killed in Treblinka extermination camp. As a result of the attempt to completely liquidate the ghetto, an uprising broke out in 1943. The unequal struggle between the rebels against the armed German troops lasted nearly one month. In revenge, the Nazis completely destroyed the ghetto. It was survived by only a few Jews including Władysław Szpilman, the hero of the movie “The Pianist” by Roman Polanski. Before the Second World War, the second largest Jewish community lived in Warsaw, making up 30 percent of the entire city population. Within less than 3 years, the Jewish community no longer existed in Warsaw. During this 3-hour tour you will explore the real places and hear authentic stories. Discover fragments of the ghetto walls, the last street of the ghetto, and neighborhoods that were located within the ghetto. Visit the only synagogue that survived the Second World War and is still in operation. Find out where the supposed logic of destruction came from and how the plan of the final solution was put into action. Learn about everyday life in the ghetto, why the Jews took up arms, and who helped them. Discover the symbolism of the Umschlagplatz (collection point) and the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes. Although the ghetto has no longer existed for a long time, its history needs to be told.
Includes
  • Licensed tour guide
  • City plan and information booklets
  • Headsets for larger groups
  • Hotel pickup (depending on the option chosen)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Head covering or kippah
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The tour is conducted by foot in combination with public transport. You'll spend 2.5 hours walking and 30 minutes on public transport
  • The synagogue is closed on Saturdays. The entrance fee to the synagogue is 10 pln or 2.5 euro and can only be paid in cash
  • This tour does not offer a guided tour of the Jewish Museum. Opening hours: from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday. Closed on Tuesdays
  • This tour is not recommended for children and for people with limited mobility
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 183 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.8/5

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Marzena was an excellent guide. She adapted her tour to our multi-generational group and answered our many questions with patience, data and real life examples. We left with a much deeper appreciation for Warsaw’s hidden stories and the sense that we had touched history. I recommend Marzena highly for anyone wanting to learn about the Warsaw ghetto and the history of Jews in Poland.

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October 31, 2022

The tour with Marzena was excellent! Anyone who is interested in the history of the Polish Jews in Warsaw will find interesting insights here and will have all their questions answered by Marzena's really very good professional competence. Without this tour we would have wandered through the former ghetto quite "blindly", so it was absolutely the right choice to book this tour. It's amazing how pleasant, sensitive and at the same time well-founded Marzena is on this tour!

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October 7, 2022

I spent several weeks visiting WWII sites throughout Eastern Europe, and my tour by Mary through the Warsaw ghetto was by far the best one I had the privilege of going on. I have an extremely in depth knowledge of the Holocaust, and ended up canceling several guided tours in various other cities because it was more efficient to visit the sites on my own, however this tour is one I would absolutely recommend attending. There is no way you could find all the historical sites throughout the ghetto on your own, and Mary is incredibly knowledgeable. She had photos of various important sites before and during the war, so we could better imagine what we were looking at. She also was an invaluable resource on the history of the few surviving buildings within the ghetto subsequent to the war, which I would never have been able to figure out on my own. I cannot say enough positive things about my tour with Mary, it was simply the educational highlight of my entire trip. Thank you Mary!

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August 28, 2022

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