KRAKOW GUIDES – WHY US?
We are a group of friendly, knowledgeable, full-time, licensed by the State tour guides. We are English-speaking, but we can also provide tours in other languages.
We are genuine Krakow fans, dedicated to our work and we truly enjoy providing high quality, in-depth tours that are entertaining and paced to suit your needs.
We can help you plan a private guided tour of Krakow that matches your interests, with our network of contacts and telephone numbers and we can make it in an unconventional manner .
Our tour guides are recommended by the Galicja Jewish Museum and we have graduated from a special course organized by this institution. Jewish heritage and culture is one of our favorite topics that we specialize in.
Today, we invite you to Krakow sightseeing with a licensed Krakow guide.
We invite you to the city of artists, students, enchanting streets in the Old Town, charming cafes in the Jewish Quarter, art galleries, festivals and concerts of many kinds of music, bustling Main Market Square that never sleeps and nooks full of legends and mysteries… In such a city that’s impossible to get bored, but professional Krakow guides will help you to make the most of its highlights.
During various Krakow tours you can admire impressive residence of Polsih monarchs – the Wawel Castle with its own, unique Wawel Dragon, as well as the most important church in Poland – the royal cathedral – the site of royal coronations and funerals, with vast majority of our kings and queens buried here, together with the president couple – the victims of the latest plane crash. The world biggest medieval market square with a state-of-art underground interactive museum under it, the world biggest and best known gothic altarpiece by Weit Stoss in famous St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Polish synagogue with one of the best preserved European Jewish Districts, New Steelworks – the “perfect city”, the oldest building of the oldest Polish university – these are just a few of Krakow’s highlights – the most iconic and recognizable.
You can trace many saints here, beginning from St. Adalbertus the early Middle Ages to the very recent times of Sr. Faustina and world center of veneration of the Image of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki and the Polish pope John Paul II, strongly connected with the city.
There are also many showplaces in the neighborhood to be seen, such as a worldwide known Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Chestochowa Sanctuary of Black Madonna, Zakopane – the winter capital city of Poland, Wadowice – the home town of John Paul II with a brand new, state-of-art museum, Ojcowski National Park – a historical and natural hot spot and many others.
Put your guidebook down and let us show you real Krakow!
All these routes can serve you as an inspiration and we’re at your disposal to solve every kind of request, working out with you your personal and original tours.
- Old Town and Wawel Hill walking
Any exploration of the Krakow’s Old Town should start with the Royal Route – the historical coronation path of Polish kings. The most recognizable and iconic sites and monuments lay along tiis route from Florian’s Gate to Wawel Castle.
You will see the perfectly preserved Barbican, remnants of the medieval city defensive walls with the famous Florian’s Gate, the Main Market Square – the largest medieval square in Europe with its highlights such as the Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Basilica and the Town Hall Tower as well as the nearby Latin District with beautiful Collegium Maius – the oldest university building in Poland. On our way to the Castle you will also see – among others – the Bishops’ Palace and the famous “pope’s window” connected with John Paul II.
Finally, we will reach the Wawell Hill with the royal castle and the Royal Cathedral – the most important church in the country. A mausoleum o Polish kings and queens, a burial place of the most important national heroes, bishops and saints. The Cathedral also used to be a coronation place for the vast majority of our monarchs.
The adjacent Royal Castle with its stunning inner courtyard, designed by Italian masters is one of the greatest achievements of Renaissance art in Middle Europe.
- Jewish Quarter – the traces of Jewish culture
The former Jewish district – Kazimierz – used to be inhabited by Krakow’s Jews for over 500 years. After Prague’s Josefov, Kazimierz is the second biggest historical site of Jewish architecture in Europe. Neglected after World War II now it’s regaining its former status of a vibrant, lively place. Well-preserved synagogues, historical cemeteries, museums presenting Jewish heritage, possibility of taking part in a kosher Shabbat supper in Jewish Community Centre in an international environment, Klezmer music concerts…These are just a few of numerous reasons why The Jewish Quarter is an essential point of interest for visitors.
Apart from that, Kazimierz is the heart of Krakow’s bohemians and artistic life. It boasts dozens of pubs and cafes embodying the spirit of pre-war timelessness and perfectly capturing the smoky, sepia candlelight, vintage photographs and antique intrigues of the former Jewish district.
- Oskar Schindler’s and “Schindler’s List” tour
The film “Schindler’s List” by Steven Spielberg was shot mostly in Poland in 1993 and evoked memories of the German occupation and the fate of the Jewish community in Krakow and a non-Jew who saved over a thousand of them from death.
On our route we will see places connected with Oskar Schindler, with the film rewarded with seven Oscars and with the World War II in Krakow.
The highlight of this sightseeing will be the former administrative building of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory at 4 Lipowa Street. The facility has recently been transformed into a new branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków, one of the most state-of-art museums in Poland. Not only is the exhibition connected with Oskar Schindler and his Jews, it also presents the city of Krakow under Nazi occupation during the war.
- Pope tour – following footsteps of John Paul II
John Paul II has been acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. It is believed that he was instrumental in ending communism in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe as well as significantly improving the Catholic Church’s relations with Islam, Judaism and the Eastern Orthodox Church. And he was very strongly connected with Krakow, not only as the Krakow bishop and cardinal, but also as a student of the Jagiellonian University, during the war – a forced manual laborer in a limestone quarry, an actor of an conspiracy theatre and finally – a pilgrim as the Pope. We will see places connected directly with John Paul II with good background of Polish history and Catholic Church and a great deal of curiosities and anecdotes. You will have the opportunity to discover afresh the person of the Polish Pope and his message.
- Krakow ghetto and Płaszów Concentration Camp
The former ghetto of Krakow with its history is one of the symbols of the Holocaust and its remnants are the relics of the most horrific atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II.
During our walk we will see the preserved fragments of the ghetto walls, shaped like a series of Jewish gravestones and the Concord Square – the point of departure for all deportations to the gas chambers in death camps, now adorned with an unusual monument – a real food for thought. After visiting the Eagle Pharmacy Museum there will be the time for the Płaszów Concentration Camp, particularly known for its brutal commandant Amon Goeth, whose residence altogether with some more relics of those cruel time – are still there.
- Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki
Pope John Paul II called the Sanctuary the world centre of Divine Mercy veneration. Nowadays, it is a destination of pilgrimages from all over the world. Pilgrims come pray at the relics of St. Faustina and to venerate the miraculous Image of the Divine Mercy, originating from her private vision of Christ. The image represents the crucified and risen Christ who brings man peace and salvation, but the most important part of the painting is the signature: “Jesus, I trust you.” You will see the old, historical as well as the new ─ modern part of the Sanctuary, the grave of St. Faustina, her relics and above all – the painting in an enormous basilica. There will be time for individual prayer in a chapel of perpetual adoration, but we will also show you a beautiful panorama from the vantage point at the top of the basilica’s tower.
- Communism Tour – Nowa Huta
Time for something totally different from the old, antique Krakow. Nowa Huta (New Steelworks) is its youngest and biggest district, built soon after the Second World War as the symbol of new, communist authorities and political system. The whole district was designed to become a “perfect city” of social realism, city without God and churches, but with the huge monument of Vladimir Lenin. However, the workers of the steelworks, who had been the hope of the communist party, soon turned out to be the biggest troublemakers, finally taking part in famous Solidarity movement. You will see the relics of that gloomy time in Polish history. We will show not only buildings of all the epochs of post-war architecture and interesting churches that eventually were built there, but also some everyday life: a tank in the middle of the street, a legendary milk bar with the atmosphere of bygone times and a raid shelter just next to the playground… And you will love or hate Nowa Huta, but for sure, you won’t stay indifferent.
Are you bored with conventional sightseeing with a tour guide? Would you dare to discover a real face of Krakow and feel the thrill of excitement? Not only do you want to learn about history, but also you would like to create it?
Our city game…
It’s time to enter the game!
Our city game is the most creative and innovatory way of sightseeing Krakow, the city, that provides a perfect background for unique sightseeing in adventurous style. Krakow will serve us as a game board. Old walls, hiding plenty of secrets, enchanting and atmospheric hidden yards and narrow streets full of nooks and crannies will give you the opportunity to use your imagination. Resolving riddles and secrets, finding lost artifacts, reading mysterious maps, deciphering codes, Latin and Hebrew inscriptions and talking to accidentally encountered historical characters will give you the opportunity to cooperate with your colleagues in a new way.
You will get a great deal of teambuilding, daring exploit, integration and education, ensuring best memories possible! You will also discover the unknown face of Krakow, exploring interesting interiors of magnetic pubs, antique shops, alluring cafes, hidden church niches and relics of old times. Moreover, you will hear unknown legends and old traditions whispered by the old city walls… Impersonating kings, knights, villains and daredevils or other intriguing individuals will give you the possibility to discover not only the spirit of Krakow, but also your hidden talents and the creative side of your personality, stimulating your fantasy and invention.
Our city game guarantees a good deal of positive emotions and unforgettable entertainment for every participant! Every screenplay is unique and prepared especially to comply the demands of your group. Perfect as a company event, ideal for school and youth groups seeking adventure and excitement.
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