Traces Of Jewish Culture Walking Tour From Krakow

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Ulica Krokodyli Pub & Cafe, 30, Szeroka, 31-053 Kraków, Poland
  • Return Details :
    Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków, Poland
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Explore Krakows rich Jewish heritage and culture on a 4-hour minivan and walking tour with an expert guide. Jews comprised a quarter of Krakows population before World War II, and its Kazimierz district was the center of Jewish life. Explore this now resurgent area as your guide charts its prewar and wartime days and how Steven Spielberg used it as a backdrop for his movie Schindlers List. View the Old Synagogue, and Remuh synagogue and Cemetery, and visit Oscar Schindlers Factory museum to learn about Krakows and its Jews darkest hours.

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Cracow Tours, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

Situated by the Vistula river, Krakow is the cradle of Polish culture anda characteristic urban phenomenon. It is the former capital of Poland, the place of coronation and later the burial ground of almost all Polish monarchs. For a long time it has been attracting scholars with the oldest university in the country, artists with the cultural climate and pilgrims with the sanctuaries and holy relics. Since the beginning, Krakw has also been enticing tourists with its atmosphere, monuments, and recently also the memory of Pope John Paul II.
The legendary founder of the city was Prince Krak, the vanquisher of the Wawel Dragon (the effigy of the beast stands at the foot of Wawel Hill). Remnants of the oldest history of the city have been preserved in two mounds dating from the 7th century called the Wanda and Krak mounds. The first historical information about Krakow is contained in a 10th-century note of Ibrahim ibn Jakub. In the book of Muhammad al-Idrisi (dating from the 12th century) Krakow is described as a beautiful and large city with many houses, residents, markets, vineyards and gardens. At the beginning of the 12th century Gallus Anonymous depicted
Krakow as a thriving metropolis and wrote in his Chronicles: Krakow, the capital city, excels all Polish cities. Krakow was founded according to the Magdeburg law (by Bolesaw V the Chaste) on the 5 June 1257. district) was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Sites in 1978 as the first of its kind.It is important for the residents of Krakow to cultivate their traditions such as the annual nativity crib contest or the Lajkonik wandering in the octave of the
Corpus Christi (June) from Zwierzyniec to the Main market square.
Among the many eminent people connected to Krakow are the Pope John Paul II; the Nobel Prize poets Czesaw Miosz and Wislawa Szymborska; the founder of the avant-garde theatre Cricot-2, Tadeusz Kantor; the playwright Stanisaw Mrozek; Stanislaw Lem the legend of Polish fantasy writing; Stanislaw Wyspianski a painter, poet, playwright, designer and the author of works such as the stained glass decorating the Franciscan Church; and Dr. Feliks Manggha Jasinski the benefactor of the Japanese collection displayed currently in the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology funded by Andrzej Wajda.

Duration: 3 days

Stop At: Kazmierz The Former Jewish district, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

Once independent, the city situated south of Wawel was the hub of Jewish life in Krakw for centuries, and today it is one of the greatest tourist attractions of the city.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Old Synagogue (Stara synagoga), Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

Standing on Szeroka street Street, known not only as the stage of the final concert of the Jewish Culture Festival but also as the centuries-old centre of Jewish life in Kazimierz, is one of the oldest synagogues in Poland preserved in such a good condition.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Remuh synagogue (Synagoga remuh), Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

The smallest of the seven synagogues of Krakw, it has long contrasted with the others due to its decidedly more modest decor. After the renovation completed in April 2016, it became the main site of prayer for the members of the Jewish community in Krakw.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Szeroka street, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

Szeroka Street is the heart of Jewish Kazimierz. Let a testimony to its significance be the fact that four synagogues used to stand on the street, which was unheard of anywhere else in Europe.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Ghetto Heroes Square, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

Situated in the Podgrze district, which in 1941 was turned into the Krakow Ghetto, the former Plac Zgody [Concord Square] was designated 'Umschlagplatz' under the Nazi occupation, the place where the Jews had to congregate to be deported.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Apteka pod Orlem - Ghetto Eagle Pharmacy museum, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

Tadeusz Pankiewicz could not possibly have foreseen while taking over his fathers pharmacy that he would make history together with the enterprise.

Stop At: Muzeum historyczne miasta krakowa Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland

Where the tumultuous history of a world war meets everyday life, and private lives a tragedy that affected the whole world.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

Air-conditioned vehicle.

Local live guide.

Hotel pickup (designated centrally located Krakow hotels only).

If you are interested in complementary hotel pickup, please make sure to contact the supplier

no later than 24h prior to your tour.

Roundtrip transportation is available from designated centrally located Krakow hotels.

Pls arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

You are required to wait at the reception 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.

If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced,

you must make your own way to main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street,

across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow.

Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

Entry/Admission - Old Synagogue (Stara Synagoga)

Entry/Admission - Remuh Synagogue (Synagoga Remuh)

Entry/Admission - Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Entry/Admission - Cracow Tours

Entry/Admission - Kazmierz The Former Jewish District

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

If you are interested in complementary hotel pickup, please make sure to contact the supplier no later than 24h prior to your tour. Roundtrip transportation is available from designated centrally located Krakow hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation. You are required to wait at the reception 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, or you do not confirm the pickup time & location, you must make your own way to main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 22-Jan-2017

    Superb

  • 06-Jan-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

  • 03-Sep-2015

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

  • 03-Jul-2015

    great guide
    great program

  • 04-Jun-2015

    Very good tour. The gide was very good

  • 11-Jul-2013

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

  • 08-Jul-2013

    Tour was excellent but a little rushed for me. This was not a fault of the guide or really the tour - only that they were trying to give you an overview and I wanted a bit more. Guide made sure that I could go back into Schindlers Museum after the tour had finished and I spent another 2 hours there. Overall I was very happy with the tour.

  • 23-Sep-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.

  • 30-Jul-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.

  • 02-Jun-2012

    Disappointing, a significant portion ofhte tour was visitng sites from the film Shindler's List. Too much focus on the movie, too litle n the Traces of Jewsih culture. Tour guide was very good.

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