Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp

Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp: Our most recommended tours and activities

Krakow: Schindler's Factory Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Schindler's Factory Guided Tour

Learn the real life story behind the Steven Spielberg movie “Schindler’s List” on a guided 2-hour tour of the Schindler Factory Museum. Spielberg’s great contribution was to present to the world one of the most moving and incredible stories related to World War II. More than 1,000 Jews in Krakow owe their lives to a single person: Oskar Schindler. Schindler's Factory Museum opened its doors to the public in June 2010, after years of meticulous preparation. Located in the original Oskar Schindler Enameled Goods Factory, you will be taken back step-by-step, learning the history of World War II in Krakow from the beginning until the arrival of the Soviet Army in 1945. Walk through rooms filled with memories of Oscar Schindler, and see the permanent exhibition "Kraków Under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945." Learn the story of Kraków and its inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish, starting with the events that took place a month before the war. Hear about the first months of Nazi occupation, all the way up to the history of Krakow's Ghetto and the Płaszów Concentration Camp. Next, go to the rooms dedicated to the story of Oskar Schindler and the 1,200 Jews whose lives He saved. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, but you can easily extend and stay to watch movies and explore documents related to the heroes of this incredible story.

Krakow: Plaszow Concentration Camp Walking Tour

2. Krakow: Plaszow Concentration Camp Walking Tour

Visit the concentration camp, Krakow-Plashov, which opened in 1940. Learn about how it started as a forced labor camp and was converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Pay respects at the several memorials dedicated to remembering the victims.  Understand the impact of Nazi rule in the area and the deportation of Jews from the Krakow ghetto, beginning in 1942. See the different parts of the camp and learn about the intensive labor carried out at the quarry and military factories. Get an in-depth insight into what camp life was like.  Discuss the life of Oskar Schindler and hear how the camp was portrayed in the 1993 movie, "Schindler's List." Visit the replica of the camp built under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the Liban Quarry, some hundred meters away.

Schindler's Factory, Ghetto and Plaszow Camp Guided Tour

3. Schindler's Factory, Ghetto and Plaszow Camp Guided Tour

Visit Schindler’s Factory on this guided tour. This tour includes the admission ticket, so there’s no need to worry about buying a ticket on the day. Learn about the history of Schindler’s Factory and the Jewish Ghettos from your guide as you explore the museum and its surroundings. See interactive exhibitions in the Schindler’s Factory museum and visit the former Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp. Walk past buildings where thousands of displaced Jewish people lived and stop at the remaining pieces of the wall that surrounded the Jewish ghetto.

Krakow-Plaszow: Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guided Tour

4. Krakow-Plaszow: Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guided Tour

Meet your guide on the central site of the former ghetto in Krakow, from where the inhabitants were deported to the places of extermination during the war. Take a short tram ride to reach the site left over from one of these camps. Hear a guide about the history of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, which was opened in 1940 as a forced labor camp and then converted into a concentration camp in 1941. On a walking tour, see different parts of the camp and learn about the intense work done in the military quarries and factories. Get an in-depth insight into what life was like in the camp. Explore the life of Oskar Schindler and hear how the camp was portrayed in the 1993 film "Schindler's List". Visit a replica of the camp built under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the Liban Quarry, a few hundred meters away. Pay your respects at the several memorials dedicated to the victims of Nazism.

Schindler's Factory Museum & Plaszow Concentration Camp Tour

5. Schindler's Factory Museum & Plaszow Concentration Camp Tour

Start your tour with a complimentary pickup service from one of the three available meeting locations. Here, you will get the chance to meet your friendly driver/guide. After a brief meet-and-greet, you'll set-off to visit one of Krakow's most historically important locations, the former Plaszow concentration camp. See the insides of the second largest Nazi concentration camp in Poland where not only Jewish but also Polish, Hungarian, and Slovakian populations were exterminated. After your time spent in the concentration camp, you will proceed to the Oscar Schindler Factory Museum. Witness relics from World War II and broaden your understanding of the loss suffered by the Jewish people during the war. After the tour, your guide will take you back to your original starting location.

Krakow: Schindler Sites & Plaszow Camp Group Tour

6. Krakow: Schindler Sites & Plaszow Camp Group Tour

Start your tour with pickup from your Krakow accommodations. Along with an experienced guide, visit one of Krakow's most historically important locations, the former Plaszow concentration camp. See the insides of the second largest Nazi concentration camp in Poland where not only Jewish but also Polish, Hungarian, and Slovakian populations were exterminated. After your time spent in the concentration camp, you will proceed to the Oscar Schindler Factory Museum. Witness relics from World War II and broaden your understanding of the loss suffered by the Jewish people during the war. After the tour, your guide will drop you off back at your accommodations.

Krakow: Former Concentration Camp Plaszow Guided Tour

7. Krakow: Former Concentration Camp Plaszow Guided Tour

Visit the former concentration camp at Krakow-Plashov, which opened in 1940. Learn about its dark history, how it started as a forced labor camp and was converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Pay your respects at the several memorials dedicated to remembering the victims. Come to understand the impact of Nazi rule in the area and how the deportation of Jews from the Krakow ghetto, beginning in 1942, came to pass. See the different parts of the camp and learn about the intensive labor carried out at the quarry and military factories. Get an in-depth insight into what camp life was like. Discuss the life of Oskar Schindler and hear how the camp was portrayed in the 1993 movie, Schindler's List. Visit the replica of the camp built under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the Liban Quarry, some hundred meters away.

Krakow: Plaszow Concentration Camp Walking Tour

8. Krakow: Plaszow Concentration Camp Walking Tour

Visit the former concentration camp Krakow-Plashov on a guided tour from Krakow. Pay your respects at memorials dedicated to the camp's victims, learn about the tragic history of the camp, and see where the prisoners worked. Meet your guide in a symbolic place for the history of the Jewish inhabitants of Krakow: Bohaterów Getta Square. Ride the tram a few stops to get to the camp. Once there, follow your guide as they describe the history of the camp. Find out about its opening as a forced labor camp in 1940 and its conversion to a concentration camp in 1941. Learn about the influence of Nazi rule in the area and the deportation of Jews from the Krakow Ghetto that began in 1942. Explore the different parts of the camp and hear about the intense work in the quarry and military factories. Get an in-depth insight into what life was like in the camp. Stop to commemorate the victims at several memorials throughout the camp. Discuss the life of Oskar Schindler and hear how the camp was portrayed in Schindler's List. Finish your tour with a visit to the replica of the camp built under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the Liban Quarry. At the end of the walk, you will be escorted back to the tram stop.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter, Wieliczka, Płaszów, Auschwitz

9. Krakow: Jewish Quarter, Wieliczka, Płaszów, Auschwitz

Explore Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow. Walk along artistic streets home to independent galleries and vintage fashion boutiques. Learn about the history and heritage behind this part of the city from your guide. Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Walk past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures. Learn about the story of Oskar Schindler as you visit his former Enamel Factory, which is now turned into a museum. See the 'Krakow under Nazi occupation' exhibition to find out more about the city's history. Visit Płaszów and Auschwitz, two Nazi concentration camps established under the authority of the SS and police leaders in Krakow. These concentration camps are preserved intact as a reminder of the crime committed against humanity. The Auschwitz museum includes the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other elements from the former concentration camp. Get deep insights about the Holocaust from your guide.

Krakow: Plaszow Concentration Camp Walking Tour

10. Krakow: Plaszow Concentration Camp Walking Tour

Visit the concentration camp, Krakow-Plashov, which opened in 1940. Learn about how it started as a forced labor camp and then converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Pay respects at the several memorials dedicated to remembering the victims.  On this walking tour understand the impact of Nazi rule in the area and the deportation of Jews from the Krakow ghetto, beginning in 1942. See the different parts of the camp and learn about the intensive labor carried out at the quarry and military factories. Get an in-depth insight into what camp life was like.  Discuss the life of Oskar Schindler and hear how the camp was portrayed in the 1993 movie, "Schindler's List." Visit the replica of the camp built under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the Liban Quarry, some hundred meters away.

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What people are saying about Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp

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4.3 / 5

based on 945 reviews

I booked online for the Plaszow and Schindler factory tour on a recent visit to Krakow. The weather was bad on the original day of booking so they messaged me to recommend a swap which we did. On the tour day we were met by Paulina who is an incredible young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady. She was polite, friendly and passionate about her local area and its fascinating history. Her English was top of the class and explanations during parts both informative and interesting. She even avoided us joining the queue for the factory tour. Hopefully one day I will come back to Krakow and will call on the services of this great small company again with out a doubt. Customer friendly and helpful and kept me informed and up to date regularly. Don't hesitate to use them yourself as like me you won't regret doing so. James Connor 11 Sept 2022

The site of Plaszow is now just a large public space dotted with information boards, memorials and building ruins. We are so pleased we booked a Guide to bring what was a place of unimaginable horror back to life. Our Guide, Olga, was just fantastic. She was extremely knowledgable, very enthusiastic and just a lovely, friendly lady. Olga even walked us to the nearest bus stop and helped us catch the correct bus back into Old Town. Olga explained the official plans to finally turn the entire site into a more formal museum location which when once completed we hope to return to visit again. If your visit to Krakow is one of interest in WWII then Plaszow is somewhere you really must visit to experience, and definitely go with the help of Olga.

This is the camp that people know very little about ,although there is not a lot to see-go with a guide who has expert knowledge.highly recommended that you visit !!! Ewa was our guide who was extremely knowledgeable and invited us to ask any questions.

Paulina was an amazing guide. So friendly and informative. We enjoyed every part of this activity and would highly recommend it

Great tour if you love history and want to learn more about the events that happened during World War II.