Krakow of John Paul II
Price: from 50 € (per group)
Would you like to learn more about Jewish Kazimierz and turbulent fate of its inhabitants? We invite you for a tour to the vanished world.
Kazimierz exists in people’s minds as the place where coexist two cultures: Jewish and Christian. Thanks to its rich history it is one of the most frequently visited places in Krakow. During a walk along the narrow streets of Kazimierz you will visit world famous Remuh Synagogue with adjacent graveyard and a qualified guide will tell you about the history of these places as well as culture and tradition of Polish Jews. Next we will cross the Vistula river to get to the place where in 1941 the Nazis organized the ghetto. You will see the tragic history of its inhabitants and their everyday life behind the walls. During the tour you will also become familiar with the profiles of Poles and Germans who helped the persecuted risking their own lives. We will visit, among others, the widely known Eagle Pharmacy that functioned in the ghetto due to the Nazis’ permission, the Ghetto Heroes’ Square which was the main deportation square in the ghetto and world famous Oscar Schindler’s Factory. This tour is a perfect introduction before a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau or other camps.
* guide service
* TourGuide headset (recommended for groups of 11 and more)
- Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery - 1.5, 0.5 €
- Temple Synagogue - 1.5, 0.5 €
- Eagle Pharmacy - 1.5, 1 €
* additional options 7 - 12
The price is set individually and depends on the number of people and option selected and varies from 5 € to 40 € per group.
Ca. 3 hours, depending on the selected options
Option 7 - 12 requires additional time (1 – 1.5 hours each)
The lobby of your hotel
The tour is available all year round. We suggest not visiting on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, because synagogues and cemeteries are closed. Ask first about the opening hours which change according to the season and religious holidays.
People in wheelchair may encounter a little inconvenience in the Remuh synagogue and at the cemetery due to entrance thresholds and uneven sidewalks.
From the available options, you can choose interesting proposals, you can also suggest a starting time and then the final plan will be prepared. In case of doubt, please contact us and ask questions .
This is a wireless system for tour groups giving all participants in the group the opportunity to listen to the explanations of the guide in the same way regardless of the distance from him (the average transmission range is about 100 meters, and each participant has its own receiver), the system provides comfort when sightseeing and the ability to move freely in locations where silence is expected.
You will be under the care of licensed and experienced guides. We have worked with them for many years, and many surprising and unusual situations have proved that we can rely on them.
Options 1 - 6 are usually selected during the tour. Options 7-12 require additional time (1 – 1.5 hours each).
1. The Remuh Synagogue and Cemetery (Interior Tour) - occupies a unique place amongst the Synagogues of the Kazimierz. The name was given in memory of philosopher and scholar, Rabbi Moses Isserles, known as Rabbi Moses - in short Remuh. In the adjoining cemetery (one of the oldest in Europe) is the tomb of this famous rabbi in Europe. A stroll through the cemetery is a walk among the tombstones of great personalities of the Jewish world once associated with Krakow. The synagogue is visited by large numbers of Jews from all over the world.
2. The Temple Synagogue (Interior Tour) - one of the most beautiful synagogues in Kazimierz; it belonged to the society of reformed Jews.
3. The Eagle Pharmacy (Interior tour) - it functioned in the ghetto due to the Nazis’ permission, it was own by a non-Jew Tadeusz Pankiewicz who was awarded a Medal Righteous Among the Nations after he war; the pharmacy was an unusual occurrence in the whole occupied Europe.
4. Ghetto Heros’ Square - the main deportation square of Krakow Jews; umschlagplatz.
5. the fragment of the ghetto wall that surrounded the ghetto in the years 1941-1943 -
6. Oscar Schindler’s Factory - world famous enemal utensils factory whose owner was a German Oscar Schindler; know from Steven Spielberg’s movie “Schindlers List”; Oscar Schindler was awarded a Medal Righteous Among the Nations for haing rescued about 1200 Jews; currently the building houses a very interesting exhibition “Krakow under Nazi occupation 1939 – 1945” presenting in a very interesting way Krakow during WWII.
7. Oscar Schindler’s Factory (Interior Tour) - visiting the exhibition requires additional time, ca. 1-1.5 hours; tickets – 4.5, 3 €.
8. meeting with a rabbi - we invite you for an exceptional meeting with a rabbi who will tell you not only about the religion and tradition but also his tasks and duties and community today. The meeting is set individually and depends on the rabbi’s time availability.
9. meeting with a person awarded a Medal Righteous Among the Nations - this medal is the highest Israelies civil medal given to non-Jews; it is awarded by Yad Vashem (The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority); awarded people are humble people who rescued the lies of Jewish people risking their own lives during WWII; this is a lesson for the future; lets listen to them. The meeting is set individually.
10. kosher food - we invite you for taisting of kosher dishes a story about kosher traditions.
11. klezmer music concert - this is original Jewish music which origins dates back to the half of XVIII century; its prosperity was interrupted by the outbreak of WWII and the Holocaust; it survived in America where it has been enriched with new elements e.g. jazz; it is popular in Poland again; the Klezmer Local Bands play music based on the culture of nations occupied the southern-eastern and central Europe ,especially the Jews ,whose music combines itself the Balkan and Slavonic motives. In their repertoires there are both instrumental Jewish folk pieces in Yiddish of Ashkenzi Jews and local pieces of the Orthodox Jewish settlers . The programme and place for the concert is set individually.
12. concert of Yiddish songs - jewish songs appeal to us no matter when and where we are; they illustrate all human emotions and life experience – love, faith, politics and jokes; lets sit and listen to jidysz songs The programme and place for the concert is set individually.