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Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow

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Kraków, Poland

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

Discover the stories of Krakow’s Jewish community on a 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.
  • 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
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A professional licensed guide, tickets to the Schindler's Factory.
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Hotel Ester, Szeroka 20, 31-053 Kraków, Poland

Return Details

Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, Lipowa 4, 30-702 Kraków, Poland
Your tour begins in central Krakow, where you join up with your guide and hop aboard your minivan. En 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 concludes in central Krakow.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cracow Tours
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, Kraków 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 Bolesław 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 Czesław Miłosz and Wislawa Szymborska; the founder of the avant-garde theatre Cricot-2, Tadeusz Kantor; the playwright Stanisław 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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District
Once independent, the city situated south of Wawel was the hub of Jewish life in Kraków for centuries, and today it is one of the greatest tourist attractions of the city.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Muzeum Krakowa - Stara Synagoga
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Remuh Synagogue (Synagoga Remuh)
The smallest of the seven synagogues of Kraków, 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 Kraków.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Szeroka Street
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Ghetto Heroes Square
Situated in the Podgórze 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
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Muzeum Krakowa - Apteka pod Orlem
Tadeusz Pankiewicz could not possibly have foreseen while taking over his father’s pharmacy that he would make history together with the enterprise.
Stop At:  
Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera
Where the tumultuous history of a world war meets everyday life, and private lives – a tragedy that affected the whole world.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • As the tour involves walking for the most part, please be wearing comfortable footwear. Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intercrac

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Traces of Jewish Culture Walking Tour from Krakow.

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Fantastic! There were only two of us...
Renee B
, 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
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Very small group with attentive...
R A H
, Sep 2015
Very small group with attentive guide Anna who really explained the history And stories of the this piece of Jewish history.
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Tour took in even more than...
Ashley M
, Jul 2013
Tour took in even more than expected! Schindler's factory excellent, tour guide very informative!
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Tour was excellent but a little...
Christine G
, 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.
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The whole trip was excellently...
Huw M J
, 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.
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Great trip throughout the Jewish...
Tomi sue S
, 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.
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Disappointing, a significant portion...
Michael C G
, 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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Really enjoyed the tour through remu...
Angie R
, May 2012
Really enjoyed the tour through remu synagogue and the cemetery which dates back to 1551 and was the only Jewish cemetery not destroyed in krakow during WWII. Also, they retrieved some of the tombstones that were stolen and used to make sidewalks and roads. It was nice to see they had been returned in some manner.
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We sat to the side of the altar in...
DJ & SJ
, Apr 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.
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Good, informative tour guide, but...
Kate S
, Mar 2011
Good, informative tour guide, but the Jewish district itself is rather disappointing. It is quite dilapidated, not really looked after very well overall and did not see signs of a thriving artistic culture as mentioned in various descriptions of the area. The visit to the Jewish district can really be done independently as well, to explore the area for yourself.
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