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Religious Education

Kraków is a bustling, vibrant city, with a rich history and well preserved medieval architecture. It also had an established Jewish community until the Nazis arrived in 1939 when it became the capital of Germany's General Government and played a significant part in wartime history.

The city of Kraków lies on the banks of the Vistula River. Its Old Town, along with Wawel Castle and the city’s Kazimierz district were placed on the First World Heritage List, created by UNESCO in 1978. The centrepiece of the Old Town, or Stare Miasto, is Kraków’s Main Market Square, or Rynek Glowny, and its centre is dominated by the Cloth Hall, or Sukiennice, home to the Gallery of the National Museum, the new Underground Museum and numerous arts and crafts market stalls. 

Approximately 1½ hours away from the centre of Kraków, Auschwitz was the location of the three largest German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centres. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here between 1941 and 1945. Kraków and Auschwitz have since become enduring and deeply moving testaments to the brutality and inhumanity of war.

Remembrance Travel for Schools & Young People

A Religious Studies tour to Kraków can also be booked through our sister brand Remembrance Travel. Accompanied throughout by a Royal British Legion Tour Guide, these dedicated military historians are highly experienced and knowledgeable, and will help bring your tour to life. In addition to your specialist guide, the following is also included at a supplement:-

  • Full Days Coach Excursion (with a packed lunch) to include a guided tour of the Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps and a visit to the Rakowicki Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery
  • Entrance to Oskar Schindler’s Factory & visit to the Nazi-era Jewish Ghetto (on a walking tour with your guide)
  • Act of Remembrance with a Royal British Legion Wreath & Remembrance Tokens

For more information and a quote call 020 8335 9768 or email

01 Tour Highlights

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

02 Accommodation

Hotel Maxsymilian

Located a 10 minute walk from the Old Town Square, this hotel is a 20th Century building which has recently been renovated throughout with high standard modern features.

Hotel Atrium

This 3* hotel is in a great location just 5 minutes walk from the Old Town Square. It has a good sized restaurant area, bar and meeting room and is an ideal base for school groups.

Hotel Chopin

If you prefer to stay a little further out of the city centre then the Hotel Chopin is ideal. Its located a 10 minute tram ride away from the historic centre. It’s a larger hotel than the smaller city centre options and offers great facilities for recreation. 

03 Further Information

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches or arrange affordable, value for money meals from a selected number of restaurants in and around Kraków.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

A Study Experiences Tour Manager will meet your group at the airport, transfer with you to your accommodation for check-in and provide a half day's service/guidance. Additional Tour Manager services can be added to your quote depending on your group's requirements.

Group Size

The prices shown are based on a minimum group size of 20.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Kraków trips are available throughout the year you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students. Please note that certain dates may carry a supplement to the prices shown. In particular, tours during the Easter Holidays can be prohibitively expensive.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Krakow your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Krakow ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.

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