Old Synagogue, Krakow

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Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card

1. Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card

Explore Krakow at your own pace and according to your own personal interests with a 1-, 2-, or 3-day City Card. Get access to 37 museums and monuments. Learn more about World War II hero Oscar Schindler at the Oscar Schindler Factory. Visit the Eagle Pharmacy in the former ghetto, and learn how the Holocaust impacted Krakow’s Jews. Go to the Main Market Square Underground Museum and encounter vampires. See a traditional bourgeois house, and hear the trumpet signal at the Gothic brick church of St. Mary’s Basilica. A full list of museums will be attached to your City Pass, and to make getting from sight to sight easier, you can choose a card with unlimited travel on the city’s public transport system, day or night. The museums included in the City Pass, are as follows: 1. Schindlers Factory 2. Main Market Square Underground 3. Polish Aviation Museum 4. Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) 5. City Defence Walls Krakow 6. Archaeological Museum Krakow 7. Stanislaw Lem Garden of Experiences 8. Czartoryski Museum 9. The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum 10. Europeum The European Culture Centre 11. The Zwierzyniec House 12. The Jozef Mehoffer House 13. St. Adalberts Church Underground 14. St. Mary’s Church 15. History of Photography Museum 16. Centre for documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka, Archives. Office 17. History of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Museum 18. The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace 19. The Old Synagogue 20. The Archdiocese Museum 21. The Szołayski House 22. The Hipolit House 23. Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec 24. Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow 25. The Main Building of the National Museum 26. Regional Rydel`s Museum of Polish Modernism Rydlowka 27. The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum 28. Pomorska Street 29. Celestat 30. MOCAK 31. Town Hall Tower 32. Exhibition in Nowa Huta District Branice 33. Galicja Jewish Museum 34. The Barbican 35. The Eagle Pharmacy 36. The Krzysztofory Palace 37. Museum of the Home Army dedicated Gen. Emil Fieldorf Nil 38. The Jan Matejko House 39. Kopiec Kościuszki

Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

2. Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Kazimierz was once a Jewish district, and before World War II the Jewish culture flourished. But the area, and the neighbouring district of Podgórze, became the scene of Nazi devastation, with most of the remaining Jewish population fleeing following the war. However, since the late 1980s the area’s Jewish heritage has come back to life, the progress aided by the success of the Spielberg film, Schindler's List. Now, you can experience the history of this interesting district and see exactly why Spielberg chose it as the set for his Academy Award-winning movie. Wander through Kazimierz, then across the bridge to Podgórze to see Schindler’s factory and surviving remnants of the WWII ghetto. Along the way, you’ll see attractions such as the New Cemetery, a place where Krakow’s distinguished Jews were buried in the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll also visit the Old Synagogue, the oldest remaining example of Jewish architecture in Poland. Built in the early 1500s, the synagogue is now the site of many exhibitions devoted to Polish Judaism. Another highlight is Isaac’s Synagogue. While the renovation of this historic building is still in progress, it is quite possible the most interesting and beautiful Jewish monument in Krakow.

Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

3. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Krakow's Kazimierz district has a long Jewish history. From the medival times Jews were living around this district. The memory of this rich history are beautiful preserved synagogues, prayer houses and small shops located around Kazimierz. Your guide will walk with you around the famous Szeroka Street with Remu and Old Synagogue, old city walls, original Schindler’s factory in the city’s industrial district of Zabłocie and the Podgorze where Getto was located during World War II. In Podgorze you will have chance to see Pankiewicz Eagle's Pharmacy and Plac Bohaterow Getta square with memorial made of 68 chairs.

Krakow: Kazimierz, Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

4. Krakow: Kazimierz, Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Learn about the Jewish heritage of the city of Krakow on a guided tour. Start the tour outside the Old Synagogue in the Kazimierz district. This district has been home to the Jewish community for centuries. Explore the charming streets of this now trendy neighborhood with your guide, as you learn about the history of Jewish people in Krakow. Next, visit Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory. Learn about the horrors of the Holocaust, and Oskar Schindler's heroic efforts to save Jewish people from the concentration camps operated by the Nazi regime. Finally, make your way to the site of the former Jewish ghetto, where many Jews were forced to live during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Learn about the suffering and overcrowded conditions endured by the Jewish community. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the pharmacy "Under the Eagle", and the monument of 68 chairs in Heroes' Square.

Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

5. Krakow: Old Town, Ghetto, and Kazimierz Golf Cart Tour

Discover the historical area of Krakow with this electric golf cart tour of the Old Town. Drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz . Find out where the Jewish Ghetto was located. Listen to commentary on what you see with a handy audio guide. Be picked up from the meeting point and start your tour with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Krakow Old Town. Put on your headphones and listen as your audio guide provides context for what you see. Admire the vibrant Main Market Square. View the towering Renaissance-style old market space of the Cloth Hall. Marvel at the towering St. Mary's Church and the green space in Planty park. Cruise down narrow streets with many temples, universities, and charming houses. Appreciate splendid views of Wawel Castle, on the way to Kazimierz. Spend some time driving through the picturesque streets, old synagogues, cafes, and stalls of Kazimierz, the oldest district in the city.

Krakow: Kazimierz District Jewish Heritage Tour

6. Krakow: Kazimierz District Jewish Heritage Tour

The Holocaust almost totally destroyed the rich culture of Polish Jews. Almost. Experience a mixture of feelings — perhaps sadness, nostalgia, and hope, as you discover the rebirth of Krakow’s Jewish district on this guided afternoon tour. Meet your guide in one of the most interesting parts of Krakow, Kazimierz, the only Jewish city of medieval Europe that has survived to this day. Nowadays, Kazimierz is one of the most popular parts of Krakow, with a unique, bohemian atmosphere and a vibrant nightlife. As you walk through the area, talk with your guide about the co-existence of two cultures and religions, the traditions of Krakow’s Jews, their customs, and famous Poles of Jewish origin.   On numerous squares, surrounded by synagogues, and near the ghetto wall, learn about events that were important for Jewish history and culture. Together, you’ll search for answers to difficult questions that concern us all.

Krakow: River Cruise and Golf Cart Tour of Jewish Heritage

7. Krakow: River Cruise and Golf Cart Tour of Jewish Heritage

Take a look at the royal city from the deck of a modern catamaran, embarking on a short panoramic cruise on the Vistula River. Travel in comfort on a heated deck with leather sofas on cold days. Enjoy the beautiful views from the upper deck on warmer days and spend some time outdoors. Hear the history of Krakow from a modern boat sound system and watch a multimedia presentation on a 50-inch screen. Look at Krakow from the riverside, and see such monuments as the defensive walls of Wawel with a panorama of the Royal Castle, the Cathedral, the silhouette of a dragon, and more. Follow the footsteps of Jewish cultural monuments in Krakow in a comfortable, eco-friendly golf cart. See authentic monuments in the Kazimierz district and the ghetto that existed during the war in the Podgórze district, and learn more about its history. On the route of the tour, see over 20 monuments, visit the beautiful, picturesque streets of Kazimierz and learn about the history of its inhabitants. Visit one of the most important areas on the map of Krakow, where that the cultural life of contemporary residents and tourists takes place.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory Tour with Entrance Ticket

8. Krakow: Schindler's Factory Tour with Entrance Ticket

Visit one of the most important and most popular museums in Krakow. Schindler’s Enamel Factory, located on 4 Lipowa street, is a part of the Historical Museum of Krakow. The main exhibition title is ''Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939–1945'.  You are invited to join the tour with a professional English speaking guide who will explain to you all aspects of the exhibition, including the story of Oskar Schindler. Upgrade your experience to enjoy a guided walk through the Kazimierz district (Old Jewish Quarter), Real Krakow Ghetto, or Salt Mine in Wieliczka.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter & Ghetto Private Walking Tour

9. Krakow: Jewish Quarter & Ghetto Private Walking Tour

Visit Krakow’s old Jewish Quarter on a private tour with an expert local guide. Start the tour from wherever and at whatever time you choose, giving you flexibility to plan your day as you wish.  After you meet your guide, explore the narrow cobbled streets, squares, cozy restaurants and cafes serving up traditional Jewish-Polish dishes and old town houses.  See the major sights of the district, such as the synagogues, old cemetery, Monument to the Memory of Krakow Holocaust Victims, Jan Karsk’si Bench, Helena Rubinstein's birthplace, or the yard where the famous movie ‘Schindler's List’ was filmed.  In the Podgórze district, walk through the Ghetto Heroes Square with its 70 empty iron and bronze chairs, symbolizing the Polish Jews’ plight during World War II. To finish up, visit the remains of Ghetto Walls, before the end of the tour.

Krakow: City Tour by Golf Cart with Audio Guide

10. Krakow: City Tour by Golf Cart with Audio Guide

Cruise through Krakow's streets from the comfort of a golf cart. Enjoy a guided audio tour as your driver takes you to the sights of this bustling and beautiful city. Select from a choice of languages, and choose in advance which area you'd like to tour. Sit back and let your driver take the strain as you take in the city views. Travel through the Old Town, including Wawel Hill and its famous castle. Cruise through the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, now an artistic district of quirky bars, restaurants and shops. Experience the former ghetto at Podgorze and the Oskar Schindler Factory in Zabłocie. Choose your preferred tour, and experience this unique city in the most unique of ways.

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What people are saying about Old Synagogue, Krakow

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,359 reviews

Guide was brilliant and we learnt a lot. Only problem was we booked a group of 10 and there was 26 which made the tour slower than it should have been. Overall this was great value for money and very memorable. Ewa was fab!

Great tour, very friendly woman who led us through the district, told many details and answered all questions, spoke German very well! Highly recommended!

I bought a 3 day pass and could. use the card in most places, I saved money in buying the card

Excellent and very knowledgeable guide. A really interesting exhibition. Well worth a visit.

Very interesting tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. A lot to take in in three hours