THE OLD TOWN TOUR
The monuments and places worth seeing in are concentrated in its old part, so we suggest you follow the famous Royal Route.
The tour starts in front of the remains of the medieval fortification walls that ones encircled the entire city – Barbican – which is considered the largest structure of this kind in Europe, and beautiful Florian Gate with the Municipal Arsenal and Towers.
Then we head for the heart of Krakow – Main Market Square – the largest medieval market in Europe with the Renaissance Cloth Hal l. Here a wide variety of souvenirs are sold. Then there is the 14th century Town Hall and the beautiful 13th century. gothic St. Mary’s Church . Here you will find the work of Veit Stoss – grand altar, the finest masterpiece of European gothic wood-carving) and many representative manor houses and palaces surrounding the Market Place. The modern Rynek Underground exhibition tells us a story about the beginning of Krakow and presents the relics of the medieval times
We will not miss The University Quarter with the oldest part Collegium Maius – the second oldest university in Eastern Europe. The oldest streets provide a charming and unique atmosphere (Kanonicza Street, Grodzka Street). A break for delicious coffee in a cozy Bona cafe will give us the strength to visit the Wawel Hill – the Royal Castle, seat of Polish kings, and the Cathedral– a magnificent place of royal coronations and burials.
KAZIMIERZ – THE JEWISH QUARTER TOUR
It is not known exactly when Kazimierz became a largely Jewish town. Most probably it was at the end of the 15th century. In Kazimierz there were two interweaving cultures, Christian and Jewish. Jews help to create the unique identity of this city. Along with the churches and monasteries there were synagogues and Jewish cemeteries. Before the World War II there were 64.000 Jews in Krakow. Krakow was their city too. Now the Jewish community is only about 170 people.
We invite you for an unusual walk to the places related to the Jewish culture.
Feel with us the atmosphere and the spirit of the previous centuries. We visit the former Jewish quarter – Szeroka Street the heart of the Jewish Kazimier with the oldest synagogue in Poland The Old Synagogue from 15th century; 16th century Remuh Synagogue currently the only active synagogue in Krakow. We also visit the Old Jewish Cemetery where you find the grave of the famous rabbi Mosses Isserles ( Remuh). Also on Szeroka Street is a small house where the beauty queen – Helena Rubinstein was born. We take you to Nowy Square know as Jewish Square with the former kosher slaughter house and picturesque Jozefa Street with cafes, vintage stores and art galleries. In one of the traditional restaurants you can soak up the atmosphere, listen to traditional klezmer music, and taste the specialty of typical food ,or just taste the delicious Israeli coffee in Cheder Cafe.
See the the places where Schindler’s List was filmed. Let us show you the world that used to be a part of history and had made a huge impact on the Polish culture. Every year at the end of the June the Jewish Culture Festival is held here, changing the district into an artistic and cultural venue.
In the western part of the district of Kazimierz monuments to Christian culture prevail.
JEWISH KAZIMIERZ AND THE ISRAELI CULINARY JOURNEY DELUXE TOUR
A very special tour around the Kazimierz Quarter visiting the sites associated with Jewish Culture, such as synagogues and cemeteries. Then we invite you for a culinary journey to the first and only one Hamsa Hummus & Happiness Israeli Restobar in the heart of the Kazimierz.
Israeli cuisine is a mix of dishes from different nations. The places combines the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines and foods such as hummus, tahina, falafel and many others. There you will not only try different tastes of the Israel, traditional dishes, snack, coffees and wines but also make a typical salad by yourself. You can eat it at the restobar or take it away. The tour like that one really makes your day!
THE JEWISH QUARTER AND THE GHETTO + SCHINDLER’S FACTORY TOUR
The tour takes you to the Kazimierz district – the place where Jews lived before WWII. The ghetto was established in the district of Podgorze on the other side of the Vistula River. Podgorze had an industrial character and the landscape allowed German occupiers to control the district. In 1941 the ghetto was created in that area and all Jews were resettled there. Two years later, the ghetto was liquidated and Jewish workers and their families were resettled to Plaszow labor camp.
See the most important sites of the ghetto: Ghetto Square – the place of deportation, Under the Eagle Pharmacy – run by the only Pole Tadeusz Pankiewicz who helped many Jews and became one of the ’, the remains of the Ghetto Walls, the former Zucker Prayer House and the Schindler’s Factory permanent exhibition.
NOWA HUTA – THE SOCIALIST REALISM DISTRICT TOUR
Nowa Huta is the youngest district of Krakow. It was a political creation to neutralize bourgeois, conservative Krakow. It used to be a proud part of socialist Poland. Nowa Huta was established 1949, a resolution of the communist government of the Polish People’s Republic that ordered the construction of a metallurgical conglomerate plant and the town.
The architecture was very important to the creators of a new social order. That was meant to be based on the Renaissance, and which actually became a mixture of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. Today it looks very attractive and deserves attention.
Here you can pick up a sense of the old socialist life. We will show you this unique part of Krakow. The city was designed as a garden city. Our route leads you through the main monuments and examples of socialist ideas of the communist period. Let us tell you a story of the people who live here to build “ a new life’’ following communism rule.
We start the tour from The Central Square, Stylowa Restaurant – an old fashioned place with an unusual atmosphere of the past – and then we go along The Avenue of Roses, one of the most elegant streets, where the Residential Buildings ( Block of Flats) provide a general impression of the district. Then the route leads near the Nowa Huta Cross – where in 1960 there was a fight with the police to save the cross, People’s Theatre, the Sfinx art-house cinema, Lord’s Ark – a masterpiece of modern sacral architecture. We cannot miss the Administration Center of the Steelworks, which consists of two buildings erected in 1950. The Cistercian Monastery and the church in Mogila are worth seeing as examples of a strong Polish –catholic tradition.
ON THE FOOD STEPS OF JOHN PAUL II TOUR
If you want to see the places where one of the greatest popes in the history of the church lived, where he studied, and then worked as a lecturer of theology. You will see all the sites. Then we take you to the churches where he spent some time while he was a priest, and then visited as a pope during his pilgrimages.
You will have the opportunity to see the Wawel Cathedral, Skalka Church on the Rock, Kanonicza Street Archidiocese Museum (outside) and Archibishop’s Palace with the famous ‘Papal Window’ where he used to appear before the people.
Places related to John Paul II:
Lagiewniki Shrine of Divine Mercy – the place where Karol Wojtyla used to pray as a worker. It is also associated with sister Faustina. In 2002 John Paul II made Lagiewniki the World Centre of Divine Mercy
The 17th century Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Shrine – located 30km from Krakow is the second most important Catholic shrine in Poland after Czestochowa – Jasna Gora. The complex combines religion with the architectural and natural landscape. There is a Monastery, The Basilica and 42 chapels situated along Calvary Paths. It is called ‘’Polish Jerusalem’’ and is the only Calvary in the world to be listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. That is also John Paul’s II favorite sanctuary.
Wadowice, 50km from Krakow, which is also his birthplace. His house was turned in to museum and now holds the exhibition of items, photographs and documents. Next to the house, a Basilica is located where Karol Wojtyla was baptized.
KRAKOW BIKE TOUR
You are bored of walking? Want see much more in Krakow? The city is flat and perfect for bike riding. We can prepare for you a perfect way of sightseeing. See and experience more with a professional guide who take you for a cycle tour around the city and tell interesting stories. We lead you around the Planty – a belt of attractive shady promenades encircling the city, the Old Town Walls, Main Market Square, Wawel Hill with the Dragon’s Den, Kazimierz – Jewish Quarter, Podgorze – Jewish Ghetto, then we take the boulevard along the Vistula River, Zwierzyniec , with the most attractive part – Blonia, a meadow of almost 48ha (120 acres) in area. This is a place for popular fairs, and sports events.