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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  • Now there is nothing left of the Jewish ghetto except the synagogues and the wall erected by the Germans. The neighborhood is now reborn thanks to the film, shot here, "Schindler List". Restaurants, pubs and various clubs make it popular with, many young people who are late chatting and drinking beer and vodka.
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  • Just walking about is amazing in this district. Beautiful buildings and scary to think there was a time when you would have been surrounded by fear. Krakow is a proud city and you can tell this by the...  more »
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