Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, Krakow

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In Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, you'll see trendy cafes and upscale restaurants next to old synagogues and renovated churches. The district was founded in 1335 by King Casimir III on the former island in the middle of the Vistula River. As World War II approached, the area attracted Jews fleeing Krakow due to anti-Semitism. By the 1930s, the area had several dozen synagogues. Although most of these historic buildings disappeared during and after World War II, you can still visit ten active temples, including one located inside the country's oldest building. Check online for special events and maps showing major attractions in the district. Use our Krakow trip builder website to visit Kazmierz The Former Jewish District on your trip to Krakow, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Since most of the people who spent their lives here were murdered it's hard to rate it. I like the history, and the buildings that survived - but it's not was it was, it is definitely gentrified... 
    Since most of the people who spent their lives here were murdered it's hard to rate it. I like the history, and the buildings that survived - but it's not was it was, it is definitely gentrified...  more »
  • After a few troubled years (covid etc) has lost some of its charm. Bit more run down, a bit more desperate for cash to flow in. Still lovely and tragic with its history. Really drinking... 
    After a few troubled years (covid etc) has lost some of its charm. Bit more run down, a bit more desperate for cash to flow in. Still lovely and tragic with its history. Really drinking...  more »
  • We went originally to find a couple of good restaurants that we had booked before travelling. While there we got talked into having a tour around the Jewish District on a buggy for an hour. It was... 
    We went originally to find a couple of good restaurants that we had booked before travelling. While there we got talked into having a tour around the Jewish District on a buggy for an hour. It was...  more »
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  • Highly recommend this lively area of vintage stores, cafes, historic Jewish and Christian buildings, and fun shops. The electric carts in front of the Old Synagogue provide a pricey but useful introduction to the area - which was historically a separate city from Krakow and an island.
  • A historical location that still has references to the Jewish heritage and journey. Some parts are well preserved and tourists throng to see the shops and houses.
  • We took a golf buggy tour around Kazimierz and the Getto with Romeo and his wife who were excellent guides taking us to some very interesting places and telling us all about the history including all about King Kazimierz and Ester, St Stanislaus and visiting his well ,the war and showing us part of the original getto wall and schindler's factory to name just a few. This area of Krakow is a must visit with so much history and its also a very lively area with no end of places to eat and drink.
  • This is a very pretty area of the city and not too far to walk from the Old City. It has a tragic history and there are lots of monuments and information boards detailing the events of the 1940's and later that caused the Jewish population to plummet so dramatically. I walked around one evening to take some photos and it was quiet and felt safe although it is more run down and has graffiti and litter that you don't see in the Old City. Lots of nice cafes too!
  • Quiet around lunchtime but steeped in history and some fantastic buildings

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