Study Experiences can arrange a wide variety of educational visits and attractions that can be included in an itinerary to support a Religious Studies tour. Below are just a sample. Click here to see full details of all the options available in our Kraków guide.
Schindler's Trail - Walking Tour
During this tour you’ll explore the district of Kazimierz, Kraków’s arty neighbourhood characterised by lovely small streets and trendy cafés. Before World War II, Jewish culture flourished in this neighbourhood for centuries. This is however an area comprised of buildings that witnessed Kraków’s Holocaust. Visits include Wolnica Square, the former Jewish district with its synagogues, and the old meat market. Steven Spielberg filmed scenes from his Oscar award winning-movie “Schindler’s List” here.
Continuing on to the district of Podgórze you’ll see remnants of the Nazi-era Jewish Ghetto that survived, the location of Pankiewicz’s pharmacy and the tour finishes at Oscar Schindler’s factory/museum.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps
This authentic Memorial consists of the former camps and the post-camp relics, protected by the State Museum which was created in 1947. Your guided tour is conducted by an Auschwitz Memorial guide which ensures efficient movement around the entire Museum grounds and full information about the museum, the buildings and their history, and the exhibitions.
Your guided tour is conducted by an Auschwitz Memorial Guide which ensures efficient movement around the entire museum grounds and full information about the museum, the buildings and their history, and the exhibitions. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours with a maximum of 30 in each group.
Oskar Schindler’s Factory/Museum
This museum located on the right-bank of Vistula River focuses on life in Kraków pre and post invasion and is located in the former administrative building of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory at 4 Lipowa Street. The permanent exhibition ‘Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939– 1945’ is primarily a story about Kraków and its inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish, during World War II. It is also a story about Nazi Germans – the occupiers who arrived here on 6 September 1939, brutally disrupting Kraków’s centuries-long history of Polish-Jewish relations./p>
Nazi-era Jewish Ghetto
On March 21, 1941, the entire Jewish population of 68,000 men, women and children, residing in Kazimierz (Jewish District), were marched across the Silesian Uprisings Bridge and crammed into what was to become known as the Podgórze Ghetto. Liquidated on March 14, 1943, the majority of the Ghetto’s residents were murdered there, while others met death in the nearby Liban quarry and Płaszów concentration camp, or in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Belzec.
Traces of the Nazi-era Jewish Ghetto still exist; in the south of the square at Lwowska Street there is a fragment of the ghetto wall with a commemorative plaque. Ghetto Heroes Square, the scene of mass deportations, is dotted with large metal chairs – one for every thousand Kraków Jews. The chairs represent possessions discarded by the deportees and remind today’s passers-by of the displacement of Jews.
Kazimierz (Jewish District)
Located south of the Old Town, Kazimierz was the centre of Jewish life in Krakow for over 500 years, before it was systematically destroyed during World War II. In the communist era it fell into disrepair and gained a reputation for being one of the city’s most hazardous districts. However following the fall of the regime in the 1990’s and worldwide exposure through Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindlers List”, it has continued to develop into a fashionable, bustling district where historical sites, numerous synagogues and Jewish cemeteries reflecting traces of Kazimierz’s Jewish history sit alongside trendy cafés and art galleries, popular among tourists and locals alike.
Galicia Jewish Museum
Located in the heart of Kazimierz, the Galicia Jewish Museum is one of Poland’s most visited Jewish museums and cultural centres. It was established to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.
The Permanent Exhibition - The Traces of Memory: A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland - this core photographic exhibition pieces together a picture of the relics of Jewish life and culture in Polish Galicia that can still be seen today, interpreting these traces in a manner which is informative, accessible, and thought-provoking. The exhibition is divided into five sections, corresponding to the different ways in which the subject can be approached; Jewish Life in Ruins, Jewish Culture as it Once Was, Sites of Massacre and Destruction, How the Past is Being Remembered, People Making Memory Today.
Other options for a visit to the museum:-
- Guided Museum Tour
- Interactive Guided Museum Tour
- Meeting with a Holocaust and concentration camp survivor or Righteous Among the Nations award recipient
- Educational workshops on Jewish culture and tradition or Holocaust-related topics
Synagogues of Kraków
Kraków was an influential centre of Jewish spiritual life before the outbreak of World War II, with all its manifestations of religious observance from Orthodox, to Chasidic and Reform flourishing side by side.
The synagogues of Kraków are an outstanding collection of monuments of Jewish sacred architecture unmatched anywhere in Poland. The main synagogues of the Jewish District of Kazimierz constitute the largest such complex in Europe next to Prague and include:-
- Remuh Synagogue & Cemetery
- Tempel Synagogue
- Old Synagogue
- High Synagogue
- Isaac's Synagogue