Kazimierz (Krakow Jewish Quarter )
The Kazimierz district is one of the most famous areas of Krakow. Its fame is not only due to the many historical monuments there that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, but also because it was the centre of life for generations of the Jewish community.
Krakow's Kazimierz is, right after the Old Town, the most recognizable district of Krakow. A lively cultural and artistic part of the city, with a pleasant atmosphere of charming streets, which combines here with a slightly mysterious aura of monuments of Jewish culture, magnificent churches and art galleries. The unique character and decor of numerous cafes and restaurants attract residents and tourists who want to feel the specific atmosphere of Jewish synagogues, customs of Jewish culture and kosher cuisine.
The turbulent history of Kazimierz
In a past, Kazimierz was a separate city on the former island lying just outside the city walls, founded by King Casimir the Great. At the end of the 15th century, the Krakow Jewish community was relocated to the quarter separated by a wall. The dynamic development of the district was interrupted by World War II, leaving a tragic mark on the history of the entire city. In 1940-1941, the Jewish population was displaced to the ghetto in Podgórze. Few of the former inhabitants survived the war and remained in Kraków, and Kazimierz remained a bit neglected until the beginning of the 19th century. In 1978, the district was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has the status of a historical monument.
Attractions for the weekend and more
Kazimierz awaits tourists with a rich heritage of Jewish culture, intertwined with contemporary cafes and restaurants, art galleries and antique shops. Walking along the atmospheric streets (Szeroka, Izaaka, Miodowa, or Józefa), in which we can feel the spirit of the old days, we find various aspects of the culture, customs and history of Kazimierz Jews. We pass historic synagogues around which religious life was concentrated - the Old Synagogue, Remuh, High Synagogue, Izaak, Popper and Kupa, and the Progressive Synagogue (Tempel). It is also worth seeing the magnificent medieval churches of St. Catherine and Corpus Christi, as well as the picturesque monastery and church located right on the Vistula River, commonly known as famous Skałka.
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In Kazimierz, there are many historical sites worth seeing, such as synagogues (Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue, High Synagogue, Isaac Synagogue, Popper Synagogue, Kupa Synagogue, and Tempel Synagogue), churches (St. Catherine's Church and Corpus Christi Church), and the picturesque Pauline monastery and church located right on the Vistula River, known as Skałka. Additionally, it is worth taking a walk through the charming streets and visiting the shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Kazimierz is located in the very center of Krakow and is easily accessible on foot, by bike, or by public transport. The nearest tram and bus stops are located on Dietla Street.
The opening hours of individual attractions may vary. It is best to check on the websites or at the tourist information office. Most of them are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Ticket prices for individual attractions may also vary. Many historical sites, such as synagogues and churches, are open free of charge, but some require an entrance fee. The cost of tickets depends on the attraction.
Yes, Kazimierz is a beautiful district that has a rich history and culture. It is an ideal place for walks and sightseeing, but also for eating, drinking, and shopping. Kazimierz is also a popular location for filmmakers, which adds to its unique atmosphere.