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Jewish Warsaw Free Walking Tour

Your Guru: Walkative!
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4.8
150 ratings
  • Warsaw
  • Available in German, English, Spanish
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes

About the Guru

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

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

About the Tour

Before the Second World War, Warsaw was a city with the biggest Jewish community in Europe. The only other city with a Jewish community of similar size was… New York! The story of Jewish Warsaw is a story of stubborn returns. For many years, even centuries, Jews were banned from the city. However, that did not stop them from participating in city life – during good times and bad. Jews joined Varsovians in their struggles against occupying powers, and they played an active part in the Polish uprisings. The city experienced a major influx of Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries. During the Interwar Period, Jewish Warsaw flourished. Hundreds of artists, actors, writers, and journalists called the city home. Its cultural life was incomparable to any other time and place in history. Realizing what Warsaw was helps us understand the tremendous loss. The Second World War and Holocaust left the city changed forever. The wounds and scars will never heal. But, alongside stories of destruction, there are stories of the unimaginable bravery of those who fought without hope. There are also stories of the present; stories of rebirth… Let’s get back first to the past. This city was once famous for its Jewish culture. There are many people whose names history will never forget and Varsovians will always be proud of: Ludwig Zamenhoff, the inventor of Esperanto; Isaac Bashevis Singer (born Icchok Baszewis Singer), who won the Nobel Prize for literature are just two examples. The stories of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Uprising there, and of people like Janusz Korczak and Mordechai Anielewicz will leave you trembling. While the story of Oskar Schindler’s rescue of over a thousand Kraków Jews has become internationally famous with the release of the film Schindler’s List, a much less well-known story is that of Warsaw resident Irena Sendler, who actually saved more Jews than Schindler did. Her story is depicted in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. Last, but not least, it is worth mentioning one more person made famous by a Hollywood film: Władysław Szpilman, better known as The Pianist from Roman Polański’s film. But there is more to Jewish Warsaw than the past. There is also the here and now – the living Jewish community with a synagogue, kindergarten, school, and the only regularly functioning Yiddish theatre in the world: the Ester Rachela Kamińska Jewish Theatre. To discover all of this, just come and join us at the meeting point and be ready for journey through times and emotions!

ℹ️ ⚠️ ATTENTION - booking rules

Please note that our free tours are designed for individual travelers and small private groups only. Hence, we do not accept parties of 8 or more people on regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a private tour in advance.


If you show up at the meeting point with the bigger group our guide will ask you for the payment (8 eur/person) before the tour or cancel your reservation on the spot. To confirm your reservation please arrive 10 minutes before starting. We can not guarantee participation when you will be late.                                  

Please note that multiply bookings (under different names) for 7 people who belong to one group will still be treated as one organized group and the guide has the right to deny participation to such parties.

This policy is implied in the best interest of our individual visitors. 

Please respect our rules.      

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: All Saints Church in Plac Grzybowski 3/5.

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 per person, 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!

Tour opinions (150)

4.8
By category
Professionalism
4.77
Fun
4.4
Expression
4.73
Quality
4.75
Route
4.69
Nico
03 Jul 2022
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Travelled alone - Jun 2022

The tour was very well done, as it's a sad delicate and powerful tour Luke the walking tour manages it very well I have already recommended it to other friends that are now visiting Warsaw

Bernhild
22 Jun 2022
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2022

David
19 Jun 2022 Matamoros
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2022

ELI
19 Jun 2022 Kfar Aza
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2022

Kristin
13 Jun 2022
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Travelled alone - Jun 2022

Extremely interesting tour. Our guide Ana was fantastic!! She explained the fate and treatment of Polish Jews in detail and it was very humbling to hear the stories. Totally recommend.


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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 per person, 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!