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Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Visit one of the most important and popular museums in Krakow at Oskar Schindler's with your professional guide. Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war at the exhibition "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation" Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the "Pod Orłem" pharmacy, and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs.

Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

2. Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

Your tour begins next to the Wawel Castle at an easy-to-find meeting point. From there, you will begin covering the most important parts of Krakow. Begin by explore the Old Town, including Wawel Castle. This area contains many gorgeous churches as well as the Bishop's Palace, the Jagiellonian University, and many other historical buildings. You will then explore the Jewish Quarters, which contain breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings from the former city of Kazimierz. You will then discover the remains of the Ghetto walls and Main Square, as well as Schindler’s Factory. Following those 2 hours, you will have some time to go inside Schindler's Factory on your own. Please check the price of the ticket and if the museum will be open this day, and your driver is able to wait for about 50 minutes before driving you back to the city center.

Krakow Vistula River Cruise

3. Krakow Vistula River Cruise

Sit back and relax on a cruise along the Vistula River in Krakow. Take this unique opportunity to see Krakow from a different perspective. It begins at the bottom of the Wawel Hill and takes you along the Vistula boulevards, past famous churches and other Krakow attractions.  You will have a loudspeaker in English and Polish so you have the opportunity to hear historical information on Krakow’s history and the sights you will pass by in the boat.  Starting from Wawel Hill traveling up the river, you will pass famous places including: Wawel Castle, Old Town, Church on the Rock, Norbertine Monastery, Kościuszko Mound, Schloss Wartenberg, Podgorze and Kazimierz.

Krakow: Jewish Quarter Guided Walking Tour

4. 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: Gondola Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

5. Krakow: Gondola Sightseeing Cruise on the Vistula River

Prepare for an adventure and cruise the Vistula River. Take in the sights of the royal city of Krakow and fall in love with the interesting and entertaining places. Set sail and see historic buildings, bridges, monuments, and more. Listen to the audio on board and learn important facts as you pass by. Catch your gondola in the old town district of Krakow, Kazimierz. Board the beautiful wooden boat made by traditional boat builders. Relax and hear the waves as you witness the Wawel Castle, Dragon's Den, Monastery of the Norbertan Sisters, and the point where the Rudawa River flows into Vistula. Hear the live audio commentary along the way and learn interesting and historical stories about Krakow. Appreciate the unusual and timeless experience. Feel free to bring a coffee or cold drink and enjoy the ride.

Krakow: Guided Segway Tour

6. Krakow: Guided Segway Tour

See the most important sights in the historical center of Krakow by Segway and learn more about the history of the monuments from an expert guide. Get a short training session on the self-balancing personal transporter before you set off to explore the medieval buildings of the Old Town. Ideal for those on their first trip to the city who want to broaden their knowledge about its origins and cultural life, you will see the highlights from more than 6,000 historical sites and marvel at the rich variety of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic palaces, churches, theaters. Discover impressive stained glass windows and works of art, including paintings, sculptures and more. Enter the traditional Kazimierz district to get a feel for its mix of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures. Hear how the inhabitants were forced to relocate across the river to the Jewish Ghetto in Podgórze by the occupying German army in 1941.

Krakow: Museum Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory

7. Krakow: Museum Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory

Visit one of the most important and popular museums in Krakow on a guided tour of Oskar Schindler's enamel factory and immerse yourself in daily life for the citizens of Krakow during the Nazi Occupation of 1939 to 1945. During your tour, learn about the history of World War II and its impact on the everyday life of ordinary people. See the headquarters of the enamel company, Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik, and hear how its owner, Oskar Schindler saved many of his employees from inevitable death. Wander through the museum's many multimedia installations. Walk along the cobbled streets of the city, enter the photographer's atelier, visit the hairdresser, get on the tram, see a typical apartment in the Jewish ghetto, and find yourself with its inhabitants in the Płaszów concentration camp. The five key points in the city's history are marked by "memory machines" throughout the building – the stampers which you can use to obtain a commemorative stamp associated with the given historical event. At the end of your tour, enjoy a unique souvenir of your visit to the factory.

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

8. 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: Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

9. Krakow: Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

Start your journey at Przystan Wawel near the Grunwaldzki Bridge, where you will board a cruise boat. Cruise along the Vistula River and take in the breathtaking views of the city. Pass by Wawel Castle, the Church on the Rock, Norbertine Monastery, Podgorze, and Kazimierz. Enjoy audio guide commentary in Polish or English as you learn historical information about Krakow's history and the important landmarks and sights you are passing. Take the chance to purchase drinks and snacks at the bar on board.

Schindler's Factory, Ghetto and Plaszow Camp Guided Tour

10. Schindler's Factory, Ghetto and Plaszow Camp Guided Tour

Visit Schindler’s Factory on this guided tour. This tour includes the admission ticket, so there’s no need to worry about buying a ticket on the day. Learn about the history of Schindler’s Factory and the Jewish Ghettos from your guide as you explore the museum and its surroundings. See interactive exhibitions in the Schindler’s Factory museum and visit the former Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp. Walk past buildings where thousands of displaced Jewish people lived and stop at the remaining pieces of the wall that surrounded the Jewish ghetto.

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What people are saying about Podgórze

Overall rating

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based on 814 reviews

Had a really good experience today with a really well educated guide, who answered all our questions with a smile and said “good question” before giving us an answer! I can really recommend this guided tour!

Brilliant way to see Kraków. I was fortunate to be the only person on the tour, so it felt a bit more personal. My guide/driver was great, thank you so much for your time, hope to see you again soon

We explored different and interesting back streets and niches of Krakow that I had not seen before, really enriching our understanding of and appreciation for this fascinating city.

Paulina was an amazing guide. So friendly and informative. We enjoyed every part of this activity and would highly recommend it

Very interesting tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. A lot to take in in three hours