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“Another side to Krakow”

Jewish District (Kazimierz)
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Delicious Kazimierz Food Tour from Krakow
Ranked #11 of 280 things to do in Krakow
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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 Jewry for centuries.
Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Another side to Krakow”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

South of the Wawel lies the district of Kazimierz, originally an independent town with its own municipal charter and laws, named after Kazimierz Wielki who founded it in 1335. Thanks to the granting of special privileges the town grew rapidly and soon had a town hall and market square almost as huge as that of Krakow. The decisive influence on the character of Kazimierz was the decision, in 1495, to move Krakow’s Jewish population into the area (the population had grown rapidly in the 1330s when Poland offered the Jews shelter from persecution in the rest of Europe); it became one of the great centres of European Jewery. In time the town divided into a Jewish quarter to the east and a Christian one to the west separated by a wall. Descriptions of Kazimierz in Polish art and literature make it clear that there was something special about the Oriental atmosphere of the place. In 1939 there were about 70,000 Jews in Krakow; most were exterminated at nearby Auschwitz (the present population is around 600). The area has undergone a Jewish revival since the fall of Communism and it is a great place to visit and see the old sights including the Remu’h Synagogue and Cemetery, the Old Synagogue and the Ethnographic Museum.

Visited May 2012
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Different part of Krakow good to see how other communities live. good food outlets and varied nightlife.

Visited November 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Free walking tour a must to appreciate...”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Kazimierz was worth visiting but you will only really be able to appreciate it if you take a tour around it. There is a few one that meets everyday in the main square and takes a few hours to complete - ask around and you will find this tour if you do not come across one of the flyers.

It has a fascinating history and the synagogue an interesting place. It has the best bars and a few good restaurants so at evenings the place gets a real buzz about it. For the young folk I would say that a few of the places in this area are extremely "hipster" so it that's not your ideal night out then do a bit of googling to find the more relaxed places to shop and drink.

Visited November 2012
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Norfolk, England
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“Combine with visit to Oskar Schindler's Factory”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Lovely just to walk round the streets. Lots of bars and little shops. Find the market in the centre and try one of the "hole in the wall" eateries.

Visited November 2012
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Burgas, Bulgaria
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“A interesting area”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

We took some time out of all the museum visits to take a walk around here. Its such a contrast to the old square. Some of the shop fronts have been preserved to look like the old war time shop fronts, it is now a restaurant which still has some of the old tools that were originally used here.
The synagogues are big and beautiful and most certainly worth a visit, even if you just look around the outside

Visited November 2012
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