Kazmierz The Former Jewish District

Kazmierz The Former Jewish District

Kazmierz The Former Jewish District
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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.
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  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel39,612 contributions
    A beautiful quarter.
    The Jewish quarter of Krakow is well worth a visit of a couple of hours. It features several synagogues, museums and memorials. It also features picturesque streets, eateries (some Kosher) and lovely boutique shops.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,433 contributions
    Do a walking tour to fully appreciate the area.
    To fully appreciate the area and history, do a walking tour. You will otherwise just look at buildings or enjoy the nightlife! There is so much history and a lot that I would not have noticed had I not done the walking tour. The area is very different from the Old Town. I did a two and a half hour walking tour which was perfect for an overview. You can go back yourself and then see the area in detail. Interesting area.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 9, 2023
  • veronicag1990
    Hamar, Norway65 contributions
    Nice and cozy area with a lot of history
    Nice to see the jewish area. Unique part of the city, with food trucks and a lot of history. Really nice and cozy area. I only wish that there would have been audioguiding accessible to use walking on our own.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Louise
    33 contributions
    Do a Walking Tour
    It is so worth picking up a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter and Jewish Ghetto across the river. We went with Walkative, the yellow umbrella which starts at the old Synagogue. Two and half hours of great information about the area, old and new, devastating and beautiful. Human. A great way to spend the morning while honouring Jewish life in Poland.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Janet B
    Greater London, United Kingdom77 contributions
    Historic and interesting
    Thoroughly enjoyed being able to visit some of the synagogues and leaning the history of the Jewish community in Krakow. Sadly some synagogue which were highlighted in our guide book turned out to be closed due to work being undertaken. We also enjoyed a fabulous lunch at one of the many enticing restaurants
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • petergab10
    Melbourne, Australia585 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit while in Krakow
    Personally, l think it is an advantage to do some research on Kazmierz Jewish District to have a better understand of its past history before visiting the area. As you will know what and where the points of interest are if you decide to explore the area. Walking around the area you will notice the beautiful old buildings which look exactly like they did a few decades ago and yes you will also see some rundown buildings which just adds to the character of the area. Synagogues, Jewish Cemetery, Eagle Pharmacy which can be found on the corner of Heroes Square, the beautiful Church of the Brothers Hospitallers, Jewish and Tram Museums, some of Schindler's List movie was shoot in the area, Father Bernatek Footbridge, Great Street Art, Cafes, Restaurants, Bars, Plac Nowy a great place to try a zapiekanki, Street Food Vans l did like the Judah Food Market the dog food truck, A visit is a great way to experience a totally different atmosphere with many photo opportunities. It's about a 10 min walk from Heroes Square to visit Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory. Ghetto Wall Fragment 12-metre stretch of the original wall. And some great street art nearby.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Megan J
    23 contributions
    Historical spot with lots of opportunities to learn something new.
    A really beautiful place which is enthralled in history. I agree with previous reviews, it is a good idea to read up about it before visiting to really understand the context. Would highly recommend having a wander round here.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 20, 2024
  • Joeluc_Lucjoe
    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom261 contributions
    Very interesting
    A really beautiful visit which is enthralled in history. I it is a good idea to read up about it before visiting to really understand the context. Would highly recommend having a look round here. Highly worth a visit. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 22, 2024
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kellywH369PY
Wolverhampton, UK42 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
One of my pet hates is people touting for my business, even more so if its food related. Menus were more expensive than just outside the quarter and people are diving on you left, right and centre for you to dine in THEIR restaurant. I wouldn't go again.
Written September 14, 2020
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Rachel G
Leicester, UK33 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The area itself is apparently where the locals go to socialise and go out in an area not frequented by tourists.
The area itself is quite run down and looks more like it has been left behind by the city. The area according to some locals has been regenerated in local times and with restaurants such as salt there clearly is a lot of traction into the region.
Definitely some good bars to try out but some of the architecture is run down and the vibe is a bit rough so I wouldn't recommend it for a night out if you can't speak Polish but for a few casual drinks and to see how the polish truly live, give it a try!
Written February 29, 2020
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Mike C
Guildford, UK1,166 contributions
Aug 2020
This is a 20/30 minute walk from the main square and one really should visit here. Apart from all the interesting buildings and the Jewish cemetery, it is a great place to grab a drink, lunch or dinner with a great choice of interesting looking places.

This is a much quieter and atmospheric part of the city. We had a very good dinner one night and a very good lunch the next.

We started out from the main square for a walk, passing Wawel Castle on to the Jewish Quarter where we lunch and then carried on over the river to the Schindler's Factory Museum.
Written September 4, 2020
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Petevisits
Bristol, UK51 contributions
Feb 2020
A lot smarter & busier than on a previous visit in 2008. Some great restaurants & museums, galleries & very impressive church architecture. A lot less cleaned up than the Old Town sites with a number of mediocre streets but very easy access to all parts of this very "walkable" city. One tip I would recommend is get an Uber app on your phone. Taxis are reliable, fast & extremely reasonably priced
Written February 28, 2020
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Denise L
16 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stayed in the old Jewish district & loved it. So easy to navigate (although there are a lot of roadworks for new tram lines being laid currently).

There are 2 squares with food kiosks, pubs & restaurants and another nearer the ghetto. Once in the ghetto the bridge over the river is fabulous - life size sculptures are suspended from it & lovers locks line the railings.

The ghetto area is full of history & the Schindler museum is only about 10/15min walk from the ghetto & is well worth a visit. The permanent artwork of chairs in the ghetto square is an eerie reminder of the lives lost there as a result of the protests & the liquidation of the Jewish occupants.
Written February 2, 2020
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markusTyrone
Tyrone380 contributions
Feb 2020
Quite compact so easy to get around; central area with market is buzzing and there are some really nice bars/restaurants to choose from. The museum representing the holocaust is definitely worth seeing even though it is mostly reading - the story it tells is both fascinating and heartbreaking. You can cross the foot bridge to the other side of the river to see Schindlers Factory and the Museum of modern art easily from here. A number of synagogues still exist including Remuh which has the adjoining cemetery. Some really nice little shops including one that makes wooden articles including watches which were absolutely amazing.
Written February 24, 2020
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Joanna M
Kedzierzyn Kozle, Poland23 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Walking along the Street of Kazimierz is uun unforgettable experience. You can feel the climate of old Jewish district. I would call this part of Kraków "artistic'since you can see there some murals, graffiti and the stylish decor of restaurants and cafes. In summer you can listen to some bands playing Jewish music.
Written March 14, 2020
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Mak_Singh
Birmingham, UK96 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Having been looking forward to visiting the Jewish quarter during our holiday, when we did arrive on a Thursday lunchtime we actually found it quite disappointing.

Ploc Nawy was empty with no stalls, we did find a nice coffee shop however my expectations were maybe set towards maybe experiencing more of a Shoreditch/Brick Lane kind of vibe here but during the day there really wasn't much to do here.

No real stores or boutiques we could find for shopping or buying anything.

We did see many bars and spots for food but again these would most likely come to life (as with most of the area) when the sun goes down.
Written January 25, 2020
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Wandering Scotsman
United Kingdom140 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A beautiful area with incredible history. Stunning street art every corner you turn and its filled with trendy bars and restaurants which are a bit cheaper than those closer to the main square... also next to the river which is stunning at night.
Written February 21, 2020
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Keith E
Peacehaven, UK106 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
We took a golf buggy tour of Kazimierz and Podgorze on our last day in Krakow . A haggled bargain for five covering the two trips ( discounted ) ended up being 2 hours of interesting local history for the princely sum of 60 zl per person .
Konrad our driver was knowledgeable , friendly and a bit of a comedian .
Normally avoid this type of street vendor tour but all agreed it was worth while and a good way to spend the afternoon
Written April 23, 2022
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