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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  • Just 1 km away from the main square in the old town of Krakow, you enter Kazimierz. Founded by Polish king Casimir during the mid 1300s it used to be a separate town that eventually merged with...  more »
  • Some streets still remain, plaques at points of interest are present also to assist people in remembering and paying tribute to the horrors that occurred here.  more »
  • Absolutely incredible place I was blessed enough to visit. Plenty of history in this area of Krakow, feels like you're walking in the 1930s at some points, history really does come to life here.
  • I would highly recommend a walking tour to know more about Jewish history in Krakow. It's quite interesting!

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