Back in time in today’s district of Krakow called Kazimierz the local Jewish community was enjoying its everyday life. Let us show you the world which was murdered by Hitler. This world no longer exists but since the Jewish district in Kraków was not destroyed during the war, we can use our imagination and see again 700 years of co-existence between Jews and Poles.
For many centuries Jews played their part in creating the history and culture of the city of Kroke, as Krakow is known in Yiddish. Before World War II they made up as much as 25% of the city’s population. It was here that the famous philosopher Mojżesz Isserles (called Remuh) taught, Helena Rubinstein was born, and Roman Polański spent his childhood. We invite you to follow the history and culture of the Jewish community in Krakow with our tour guide who will show to you this unique district.
- Entrance to the Remuh Synagogue
- Visit to Old Cemetery
- Visit to a bookstore located in the former Popper Synagogue
- Family house of Helena Rubinstein
- Break in a world-famous restaurant
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
The tour offers a great opportunity to get to know Kazimierz, the former Jewish district. You will see all of the most important places that related to the culture and history of its former inhabitants. You will admire its amazing atmosphere and vibrant life. Our guide will show you the fascinating world of Jewish culture, tradition, religion and customs. You will learn about the rituals of Orthodox everyday life, hear a story about Jewish holidays and learn about kosher food, and finally receive recipes of some famous Jewish dishes that you can try at home.
Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour?
Your guide will be a local resident for whom being a guide is a regular job, not just a hobby.
Meeting point and time
10:00 – Regular Tour
10:00 – Private Tour
On the stairs in front of the Old Synagogue, 24 Szeroka Street, 31-053 Krakow
We kindly ask you to arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes in advance
Sightseeing part I (~ 1.5h)
Our guide will take you for a walk along the streets of Kazimierz, the former Jewish district in Krakow where Jews settled in the 14th century. You will start your walk from Szeroka Street which used to be the center of the so-called Jewish city. The importance of Szeroka Street is evidenced by the fact that four synagogues here, something that has not happened anywhere else in Europe. You will get to know three of them as the fourth one was demolished during World War II. On Szeroka Street you will see the buildings that were built in the 16th or 17th centuries, such as The Old Synagogue, the Remuh Synagogue with the old cemetery (entrance), the building of the former ritual bathhouse or the house where the "queen of cosmetics", Helena Rubinstein, was born.
Break for rest and a cup of delicious coffee (0.5h)
You will have an opportunity to rest while sipping a cup of coffee in the world-famous restaurant where Steven Spielberg loved to hang out when he was filming "Schindler's List". There you may want to discuss the lives of the world-famous Jewish entrepreneurs and outstanding personalities of culture and art, or learn more about the Jewish traditions.
Sightseeing part II (~ 1h)
Your guide will take you for the second part of the walk along the mysterious and picturesque streets, where synagogues, ritual slaughterhouses and prayer houses are located. You will see the Jewish Market Place which is today surrounded by countless bars, pubs and restaurants, and you will hear the stories related to everyday life of the quarter. Your guide will take you also to the so-called Schindler's Backyard which is showed in the film “Schindler's List” and which looks as it was taken straight from the pre-war days. Later, you will enjoy the charm of small art galleries with locally made souvenirs, which are located one after another, on a street that used to be one of the most characteristic streets of the Jewish district.
End of the tour
You will end your tour at the High Synagogue. After the lunch break, you may also want to decide on joining other tours organized by Cracow City Breakers on that day.
- Services of a local licensed expert guide
- Entrance ticket to the Remuh Synagogue and Old Cemetery
Price does not include
- Break in the restaurant (approx. 20 PLN p.p.)
How to dress
As most of the tour is outdoors, please bring warm, rainproof clothing (e.g. sweaters, jackets, umbrellas) and clothing to protect against excessive sun exposure (e.g. hat, cap, sunglasses).
Please wear comfortable waterproof footwear.
Take your ID if you are purchasing a discounted ticket
Disabled people and families with children
The tour is suitable for people with disabilities and people with small children.
Payable on the spot
Drinks/snacks during coffee break.
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