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Jewish District (Kazimierz)

Szeroka 24, Krakow 30-527, Poland
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Ranked #23 of 141 Attractions in Krakow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sizable Jewish population of Krakow moved to this district at the end of the fifteenth century, which served as the main cultural center of the Polish... more » Owner description: Sizable Jewish population of Krakow moved to this district at the end of the fifteenth century, which served as the main cultural center of the Polish Jewry for centuries. « less
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dublin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

I found this a very interesting area to visit, and one that should be made before a visit to Auchwitz. Just to get a flavour of what it was like for the Jews before they were displaced and moved on to their death at Auchwitz. The first thing that struck me was how small the area is, and how close... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

A nice and quiet break from the noise of the main town square. Some interesting synagogues and wander around and good restaurants (the best humus I have ever eaten).

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Fascinating to visit synagogues, museums and cemeteries, but few orthodox people to be seen, unlike Rue des Rosiers in Paris. Lots of new clubs and restaurants bringing new life to the area, but pavements often in a sorry state.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

No doubt it's atmospheric and everything, but it's a small place. The synagogue was closed to public, so there was nothing much to see or do. The most interesting sights were old shop signboards, preserved from the WW II era, and a quaint cafe fittingly named Ariel. Recommended only if you have an hour of totally spare time.

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Compared to the rest of our experience in and around Krakow, this was a disappointment. Very few people to be found. Few Orthodox Jews anywhere. We did go through a centuries old synagogue on a self-guided tour which was interesting. Had lunch at a Jewish restaurant that Rick Steve's raved about. My impression was just so-so. Don't remember the name... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It was very atmospheric. veryJ. It gave a good picture of what life must have been like in that area, especially during World war 2. The restaurants very good and very reasonably priced.

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portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

we stayed very close to here and visited a couple of times to eat and sat out in the oldest square. Went into a restaurant which was like an pre war Jewish front room, service and food was excellent, we had traditional jewish koshar food. My dauhter is a vegetarian and nver had any problem getting food choices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a "must do" if visiting Krakow. The Jewish quarter is just a neat area and you learn a lot. There is so much history here, and it feels like a time warp. You see many of the Schindler sites and learn a tremendous amount about war-time Krakow.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A piece of history. It isn't what is way before WWII but with the cemetery, surviving synagogues, a few Jewish businesses, you must visit the area.

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We had high expectations before visiting the Kazimierz. We thought we would see lots of Jewish people going about their daily lives. We hoped to eat in charming Jewish cafes and restaurants, etc. What we found was a paltry outdoor market (selling Nazi medals--really?!) and not very many people. A tour of the Star Synagoge was the highlight of our... More

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