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Jewish Krakow

  • Kraków
  • Available in: English, Spanish, German

About the guru Walkative!

Our goal is to promote our cities across Poland, Austria and Ukraine - no matter what their budget is! Since 2007 we have guided more than 2 million people. We provide tours in English, Spanish and German mostly.

Our goal is to promote our cities across Poland, Austria and Ukraine - no matter what their budget is! Since 2007 we have guided more than 2 million people. We provide tours in English, Spanish and German mostly.

About the tour

A Jewish world without Kazimierz would be as empty as a body without a soul. In a different time, in a different Kazimierz, one of the greatest Jewish scholars to ever life said: “the aim of man is to search for the cause and the meaning of things”. Let’s follow his advice and go deeper into the history of the Jewish presence in Kraków.

Poland is a place where Polish Jews and Polish Catholics lived together side by side for generations. The Jews had been present in Poland and Kraków since the very beginning. Their population grew rapidly over time, thanks to the religious tolerance and social autonomy they were granted here. The Jews, who had been expelled from countries all around Europe, found their home in Poland.

Here, in Kazimierz, Jewish history quickened, both in terms of culture and learning. Up until the mid-16th century, there was no other place in the Jewish world more significant than Kazimierz. Even today, Jews from all over the world travel to Kazimierz and Poland to find roots of their spirituality.

By the end of the 1930s, the Jewish community of Kraków constituted about 25% of the city’s population. This vibrant and diverse community was almost totally destroyed during the Second World War.

Today’s Kazimierz is a very peculiar place. One can experience here many contradictory emotions at the same time: joy at discovering the rich history, culture and traditions of Polish Jews; sadness and nostalgia for the pre-war, lost world, and excitement while becoming a witness to the rebirth of Jewish life. It is here in Kazimierz where the biggest Jewish Festival in the world takes place being the best proof that life and culture is always stronger than death and destruction!

The significance of Kazimierz can be measured by one more thing. After years of communism, when the culture was suppressed and silenced, it was here where a cultural outburst took place. Today, Kazimierz continues to be a favorite place among artists and other free spirits.

Meeting point
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How to find me: In front of the Old Synagogue on Szeroka Street, guide with a yellow umbrella
Tour duration: 2 hours

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Ratings 27

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Eva Selicke

1 month ago

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Inmaculada Climent

4 months ago

Nos encantó el tour, fué muy interesante y muy ameno. Mis hijos aprendieron mucho sobre la historia de Polonia.

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Begoña

5 months ago

Ela ha sido una buena guía, un tour muy agradable. Recomendable.

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Diego Zuñiga

6 months ago

El tour fue genial, dinámico y lleno de datos interesantes. Sobretodo porque Mariusz el guía es un Polaco que conoce la historia de primera mano.

Muchas gracias!

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Angela Sanz

8 months ago

El tour fue espectacular!! El guía si dudarlo, fue uno de los mejores que tuve en mi viaje por Europa.

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Javier

9 months ago

4.9 (27 Ratings) Rate this tour