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Krakow: Schindler's Factory Tour with Entrance Ticket

1. 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: Schindler's Factory Guided Tour

2. 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: Private 3-District Electric Car Tour

3. Krakow: Private 3-District Electric Car Tour

Kraków's Old Town is the historical and central district of Kraków, and is one of the most famous old districts in Poland. The district features the centrally located Rynek Główny (Main Square), which is the largest medieval town square of any European city. There is a number of historic landmarks in its vicinity, such as the St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki), the Church of St. Wojciech (St. Adalbert's), and the Church of St. Barbara, as well as other national treasures. At the center of the plaza and surrounded by kamienice (row houses) and noble residences, stands the Renaissance cloth hall Sukiennice. Kazimierz is the district south of the Old Town and was the center of Jewish life in Kraków for over 500 years before being systematically destroyed during World War II. It was rediscovered in the 1990s thanks to the fall of the regime and worldwide exposure gained from the lens of Steven Spielberg. This has caused Kazimierz to rebound, and it is today Kraków’s most exciting district. It is a bustling, bohemian neighborhood packed with historical sites, atmospheric cafes, and art galleries. As a result, the district has become a major tourist draw and pilgrimage site for Jews, which has led to the return of contemporary Jewish culture in the area. Podgórze was the site of the city’s greatest human tragedy. The Nazis saw its natural placement between the river and the cliffs of Krzemionki as the ideal place for establishing a prison district, and in March of 1941, Kraków’s Jewish population was marched into the center of Podgórze and walled off in what became known as the Kraków Ghetto. Liquidated two years later, the majority of the Ghetto’s residents were murdered inside, while others met death in the nearby Płaszów concentration camp or in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Bełżec.

Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

4. Krakow: Bike Tour of the Old Town, Kazimierz, and the Ghetto

The joys of this tour lie not only in what you will discover but also in the simple pleasures of biking through the beautiful gardens, along the lazy Vistula river, and through the colorful streets of Kazimierz. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness. There are plenty of stops for historical explanations and photo opportunities. The duration of the bike tour is 4 to 4.5 hours, including a 45-minute break for lunch at a traditional Polish restaurant where you can order anything from pirogies to Żurek, a sour wheat soup. The city bike tour begins every day under the Adam Mickiewicz statue in the main market square. 

Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

5. Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

Discover the city of Krakow in a day on an eco-friendly electric buggy city tour. Learn about the city's colorful history from your local guide as you glide through the city's iconic neighborhoods and past its main landmarks. See Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarters, and the former Jewish Ghetto all from the comfort of your e-buggy. Embark on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric buggy through the charming streets of Krakow. Visit the city's three most historical districts with ease and comfort. First, make your way to the Old Town to see the enchanting Wawel Royal Castle towering over the city and the Vistula River, the Barbican with its fortified turrets and walls, impressive churches, and a number of other historical buildings. Next, head to the city's historic Jewish quarter with its breathtaking array of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and the historical buildings of the former city of Kazimierz. Marvel at the trendy shops, bars, and galleries that now line these streets. Finally, ride to the former Jewish ghetto walls and Getto Heroes Square before ending your tour at Schindler's Factory Museum. Here, if the museum is open and tickets available to buy, you can visit the museum at your own pace, unguided. After an hour in the museum, be picked up and brought back to the original starting point of the tour. Alternatively, if you don't visit the museum, be dropped off immediately after the tour ends at the original starting point of the tour.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory and Jewish Ghetto Guided Tour

6. Krakow: Schindler's Factory and Jewish Ghetto Guided Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Oscar Schindler as you explore the historic Schindler's Factory and learn about the Jewish people who evaded the Nazis. Explore the streets of Podgórze and hear about Nazi occupation in Krakow on this guided tour. Meet your guide at Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory before making your way inside. Embark on a guided tour and discover the incredible events that inspired Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List." Explore the factory and hear about daily life during the war and how the factory was used to protect its Jewish workers. Glimpse into the life of Oscar Schindler, the German entrepreneur who helped many Jewish people during the Second World War. Continue to the Jewish Ghetto, Podgórze. Feel the history that still lingers as you walk through the streets. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto and the houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live. Visit the pharmacy "Under the Eagle" and learn about the pivotal role it played in the lives of many Jewish people. Stop at the 68 Empty Chairs in the Heroes' Square and learn about the significance of this important memorial.

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

7. 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: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

8. 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 Sightseeing Tour by Heated Golf Cart

9. Krakow Sightseeing Tour by Heated Golf Cart

See the sights of Krakow from a different perspective on a 2-hour tour by electric golf cart. Learn the story of the city through the English language audio guide. Travel along the Royal Road as you explore the medieval Old Town. Pass attractions such as the Renaissance architecture of Cloth Hall on Main Market Square. Continue past St. Mary’s Church and the elegant Juliusz Słowacki Theatre. See the remains of the old town walls and St. Florian's Gate that formed part of the protective ramparts. Admire impressive monuments, such as the Czartoryski Museum and Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in Europe. Continue to Wawel Castle, built for King Casimir III the Great in the 14th century. Then, explore the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz and visit historic synagogues such as the Old Synagogue and Remah Synagogue. Pause for reflection at the site of the former Jewish Ghetto and see the factory owned by the World War II hero, Oskar Schindler.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Former Ghetto Tour

10. Krakow: Jewish Quarter and Former Ghetto Tour

Having been established as a city on the island in close vicinity of Krakow, Kazimierz was supposed to become a competition to its neighbour – Krakow. The Jews who in the Middle Ages were prosecuted in the Western Europe started settling in Kazimierz and soon this city became a place of Jewish prosperity. It is here where you can find Jewish synagogues, cozy and tiny streets on which the hustle and bustle of Jewish life was prevailing before the catastrophe of WW2. See the oldest synagogue in Poland, trace the filming spots of the ‘Schindler’s List’ ,learn who are Ashkenazim and Sephardim, get to know Helena Rubinstein, Roman Polanski, Ludwick Zamenhof, and Maximilian Faktorowicz. Join us for 2.5-hour tour where we will discover the Jewish heritage in Krakow, get to know their traditions and exciting people who were creating the Jewish history in Poland.

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Great tour which is very informative and adds a lot of context to the things you may have read about the holocaust previously. The Jewish Getto tour covers a lot of ground and is very interesting. The Oskar Schindler Museum is a little rushed and you miss a lot of the detail as you are moved through quite quickly. The plus side is that our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very clearly and had all the facts. Overall, whilst we had different expectations of what we were going to see and do, we left very happy and felt informed and with a little more understanding of what the people endured. We would highly recommend if you are short on time and want to do it with a guide for the relevant facts.

Brilliant private guided tour. Picked up on time from our hotel and dropped off at a place of our choice. Our tour guide, Walter, was really friendly and informative and gave us time to look round a couple of places. We were so lucky as we picked New Year's Day and the roads were really quiet. Thoroughly recommended.

Very well organised tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide with a clear passion for history. I learned a lot more than I expected to on this tour, well worth it.

Great stories and information. Very interesting! Knowledgeable guide

Fun trip. Covered all the main sites. Very cycle friendly city.