Krakow City Tour with our best guides
It can be an exclusive way to travel if can go with a private tour guide in Krakow. We offer you a private guide in Poland speaking English, Hebrew, German and other languages on request. First of all, we will start the Krakow Old City Tour from the statue of Grunwald Battle and continue through Barbacan and the St. Florian gate to Florianska street. As we know today, It used to be the way of Polish Kings to cross the city on holidays, and special events.
Next, we will approach “Rynek Glowny” – in polish the Central Market. This beautiful square is almost 10 acres big. In the center, there are Sukenicy – trading rows. Certainly, there are commercial on the ground floor and an art museum on the second floor.
Opposite the cathedral, you will definitely notice the beautiful Gothic Basilica of St. Mary. It must be the main highlight of the old city. There is a legend about the construction of it by two brothers and ever existing competition – who is the first one.
Every hour people gather at the square to hear the symbolic melody, played by a trumpeter. It is done in memory of a man who did his best to warn the citizens of danger.
something Polish to eat
In this paragraph, I will detour from the historical theme. After that tour, if you are hungry, there are lots of places in Krakow. Indeed, it is really hard to choose one. I would recommend tasting polish national cuisine in Piwnica Pod Kominkiem. You will easily find it on Bracka street just next to the main square. They have a full menu including starters, soups, main dishes, and deserts. Wine choice and prices are good as well. I would recommend Traditional Polish soup with boiled egg, sausage, and potatoes. And for the main dish Pirogi – polish dumplings with meat, cheese or vegetables. If you are vegetarian, no problem at all. Go for a traditional polish stew with buckwheat pancakes. finally, do not forget to spoil yourself with a small portion of cherry filled dumplings, like a desert.
Next, we will turn to one of the side narrow streets to see one of the oldest universities in Europe, among its famous students, were M. Kopernicus and K. Wotyla who is worldwide known as Pope John Paul II.
From the University we will walk through the Planty Park towards the river and an ancient hill. By hitting the top of which we will enter the Residence of the Kings of Poland – the renaissance Royal Castle at Wawel. Statue of a famous polish leader Tadeusz Kosciuszko meets the visitors at the entrance gate, it is a complex of a Cathedral, a Castle and some empty spaces around. All that became a site of pilgrimage for tourists.
After Wawel Castle Hill, we will proceed to the former suburb of Krakow. Our Krakow City Tour will change the theme, we go to the Jewish quarter – a real, open space, Jewish museum.
Jewish guides in Poland – Kazimierz district of Krakow
If it is hard for you to walk for two kilometers, you can use numerous electric cars. Or you can just walk the distance.
Your private guide will start the second part of Krakow Old City Tour will take us to Kazimierz, by the name of the King who gave the first charter to the Jews to settle in Poland. It is a former Jewish district, the central part is on Sheroka (Wide) street and square.
There are the famous Rema Synagogue and the old Jewish cemetery containing graves from 15th hundreds. The Old Synagogue was built just next to the old Kazimierz city walls. The High Synagogue and the study house next to it.
Synagogues and snacks
Ester Street will bring you to The new market square. Here is a big flea market, where you can buy a nice souvenir from Kazimierz. Or find a fresh fruit basket, or eat a famous Krakow sandwich – zapiekanki.
It is an open-face sandwich made of half of a baguette or other long roll of bread, topped with sautéed white mushrooms, cheese, and other ingredients, and toasted until the cheese melts.
There are many old synagogue buildings in the district. Importantly, one was built in the early 19th century. The Temple Synagogue – The Moorish Revival building built in 1860–1862 along Miodowa Street. The temple, with its tall central section flanked by lower wings, is designed on the pattern of the Leopoldstädter Tempel, in Vienna. During the period the synagogue was built, Kraków was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In addition, we will see a Jewish Community Center. The building was donated to this newly organized center for the reviving Jewish community and its friends. However, it is really impressive, how people come and share their private stories evidencing, that they have Jewish roots.
On the other side of the river.
Above all, you can walk around to find a few other temples and buildings of different importance. Further, when you cross the river, you will find sites and courtyards where Schindler’s List movie was shot. Nowadays, it has become a very popular place for the entertainment of locals and city guests. As a result, you will find a lot of places to eat, drink or just hang around with locals.
Finally, if you have time and energy we can continue to the Ghetto Heroes Square and Shindler Factory Museum. There is a good audio guide in this museum as well.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions. That is to say, you can click to move to an Exploration tour of Poland, which will give a much wider perspective of what kind of tours we do in Poland.
In addition, to the Krakow city tour and experience, you are welcome to consider as a unique experience, a day trip of visiting Auschwitz Birkenau memorial and museum.