Beyond the walls of Krakow

One of the things I looked forward to most about visiting Krakow was the history that the city had access to (common theme or what?)

But it’s a city whose history lies not just within its walls but also outside them.

We decided the best way to explore the history outside the walls, more specifically the Jewish history, was to join in with a walking tour. Freewalkingtours.com was who we chose to go with and they had a tour that went at 1.30pm everyday. The tour was rather busy, and the groups ended up splitting into three smaller groups.

It was a 10minute walk to Kazimierz, a place which was once a thriving town in its own right but became the Jewish Quarter, and from there the tour begins.

Krakow sunset

You hear about how Kazimierz was built up to become a town with a thriving Jewish Community, how it changed due to World War two and are told stories of the buildings and people that were there especially during World War two.

Krakow Bridge

You are told about the places to hang out in that area (we had a drink at Alchemia, with its Narnia inspired wardrobe), food to eat  (especially after a night out)  and have some street art pointed out (which you can do another tour of if you want to see more)

Krakow street art

The last remaining wall of Krakows Jewish Ghetto
The last remaining wall of Krakows Jewish Ghetto
This was the train station before Krakows Jews were sent to concentration camps. The chairs were there as a reminder of the furniture left behind by those who thought the were leaving for a better life
This was the train station before Krakows Jews were sent to concentration camps. The chairs were there as a reminder of the furniture left behind by those who thought the were leaving for a better life
Oskar Schindler's Factory. I found his true story one of the most interesting parts
Oskar Schindler’s Factory. I found his true story one of the most interesting parts

It was good for an afternoon and we definitely learned things we probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Yes you could probably do it on your own, but I find that sometimes it’s nice to hear the stories of others rather then just reading from another guide book.

Jenna

 

5 Comment

  1. LondonKiwiEmma says: Reply

    I rather love walking tours – we try to do them the first morning of a holiday to orientate ourselves in a new city.

    1. It is really on of the best things to do

  2. Kerri says: Reply

    I can’t decide how I feel about walking tours, I like the walking around part, but I’m not too keen on the group and having a guide. I think I’d rather have the route and a guidebook. Saying that we haven’t done too many, so I don’t tihnk I can decide for sure.

    We’re heading to Warsaw in September and we’re not sure if we want to take a tour or not. Think I’ll look for some walking routes as well and decide after that 🙂

    1. When I went to Warsaw I did 3 free walking tours and all of them were awesome! The only thing is that I did two the same day and I was rather tired at the end. They can be long but are veeeeeeery informative.

      1. Inever managed to do one in Warsaw/Wish I did since we were there for such a shorttime

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