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Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp

Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp: Our most recommended tours and activities

Krakow: Schindler's Factory Guided Tour

1. Krakow: Schindler's Factory Guided Tour

Learn the real life story behind the Steven Spielberg movie “Schindler’s List” on a guided 2-hour tour of the Schindler Factory Museum. Spielberg’s great contribution was to present to the world one of the most moving and incredible stories related to World War II. More than 1,000 Jews in Krakow owe their lives to a single person: Oskar Schindler. Schindler's Factory Museum opened its doors to the public in June 2010, after years of meticulous preparation. Located in the original Oskar Schindler Enameled Goods Factory, you will be taken back step-by-step, learning the history of World War II in Krakow from the beginning until the arrival of the Soviet Army in 1945. Walk through rooms filled with memories of Oscar Schindler, and see the permanent exhibition "Kraków Under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945." Learn the story of Kraków and its inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish, starting with the events that took place a month before the war. Hear about the first months of Nazi occupation, all the way up to the history of Krakow's Ghetto and the Płaszów Concentration Camp. Next, go to the rooms dedicated to the story of Oskar Schindler and the 1,200 Jews whose lives He saved. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, but you can easily extend and stay to watch movies and explore documents related to the heroes of this incredible story.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Plaszow Guided Tour

2. Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Plaszow Guided Tour

Discover the history behind historic sites related to the German occupation and the entrepreneur Oskar Schindler on this guided tour around Krakow. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the museum at Schindler’s Factory and tour the Plaszow concentration camp. Oskar Schindler was a German entrepreneur who led many Jews through the war. Schindler’s story and the tragic events that took place in Krakow during World War II are shown in Stephen Spielberg's Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List.” Follow your guide to Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, now a museum featuring an atypical and modern exhibition. Start diving into the history of World War II in Poland and the real story of Schindler. In between your tour, there will be an optional lunch break (at your own expense). Then, take a comprehensive tour of the Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp, a camp in the southern suburbs of Krakow, founded by the Nazis shortly after the German invasion of Poland. See the remnants of the camp facilities and learn about camp life. Originally, Plaszow opened in 1940 and was planned as a forced labor camp, but, in 1941, the camp was expanded and subsequently converted into a concentration camp. From 1942, the deportation of Jews from the Krakow Ghetto began. The area which held the camp now consists of sparsely wooded hills and fields, with one large memorial to all the victims, erected in 1964. Because the Plaszow area is now a nature preserve, a camp replica was built in the Liban Quarry, some hundred meters away, for its scenes in “Schindler’s List.”

Kraków: Oskar Schindler Factory Entrance Ticket

3. Kraków: Oskar Schindler Factory Entrance Ticket

Visiting the Factory begins with meeting your guide in front of the main gate of the Museum. Our guide will give you a ticket, and you will enter without the queue to the place where the "Cracow under Nazi Occupation" exhibition begins, located on 3 levels of the factory. The exhibition is arranged chronologically and begins with a presentation of life in Krakow before the outbreak of World War II. Then the guide across the various exhibition rooms will tell you how the terror of war was increasing and how the situation of individual people was affected by the presence of the Nazis in Krakow. During the route you will see, for example, the original weapons from the war in the form of a small German Goliath tank and weapons used by members of the resistance movement. You will visit a replica of a real apartment in the Krakow Ghetto and, you find out the luxuries and privileges of Nazi life in the occupied city. The guide will show you the locations where the movie "Schindler's List" was filmed and will tell you true and controversial stories from the life of Oscar Schindler. The highlight of the tour will be a visit to the newly opened Nazi labor camp. The tour ends at a symbolic window where your guide will show people from Schindler's list and tell their further fate. A guided tour of the Schindler's Factory is the best place to not only fully get to know, but also understand what happened in Krakow over 80 years ago.

Krakow: Plaszow Concentration Camp Walking Tour

4. Krakow: Plaszow Concentration Camp Walking Tour

Visit the concentration camp, Krakow-Plashov, which opened in 1940. Learn about how it started as a forced labor camp and was converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Pay respects at the several memorials dedicated to remembering the victims.  Understand the impact of Nazi rule in the area and the deportation of Jews from the Krakow ghetto, beginning in 1942. See the different parts of the camp and learn about the intensive labor carried out at the quarry and military factories. Get an in-depth insight into what camp life was like.  Discuss the life of Oskar Schindler and hear how the camp was portrayed in the 1993 movie, "Schindler's List." Visit the replica of the camp built under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the Liban Quarry, some hundred meters away.

Schindler's Factory, Ghetto and Plaszow Camp Guided Tour

5. Schindler's Factory, Ghetto and Plaszow Camp Guided Tour

Visit Schindler’s Factory on this guided tour. This tour includes the admission ticket, so there’s no need to worry about buying a ticket on the day. Learn about the history of Schindler’s Factory and the Jewish Ghettos from your guide as you explore the museum and its surroundings. See interactive exhibitions in the Schindler’s Factory museum and visit the former Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp. Walk past buildings where thousands of displaced Jewish people lived and stop at the remaining pieces of the wall that surrounded the Jewish ghetto.

Krakow-Plaszow: Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guided Tour

6. Krakow-Plaszow: Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guided Tour

Meet your guide on the central site of the former ghetto in Krakow, from where the inhabitants were deported to the places of extermination during the war. Take a short tram ride to reach the site left over from one of these camps. Hear a guide about the history of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, which was opened in 1940 as a forced labor camp and then converted into a concentration camp in 1941. On a walking tour, see different parts of the camp and learn about the intense work done in the military quarries and factories. Get an in-depth insight into what life was like in the camp. Explore the life of Oskar Schindler and hear how the camp was portrayed in the 1993 film "Schindler's List". Visit a replica of the camp built under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the Liban Quarry, a few hundred meters away. Pay your respects at the several memorials dedicated to the victims of Nazism.

Krakow: Former Concentration Camp Plaszow Guided Tour

7. Krakow: Former Concentration Camp Plaszow Guided Tour

Visit the former concentration camp at Krakow-Plashov, which opened in 1940. Learn about its dark history, how it started as a forced labor camp and was converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Pay your respects at the several memorials dedicated to remembering the victims. Come to understand the impact of Nazi rule in the area and how the deportation of Jews from the Krakow ghetto, beginning in 1942, came to pass. See the different parts of the camp and learn about the intensive labor carried out at the quarry and military factories. Get an in-depth insight into what camp life was like. Discuss the life of Oskar Schindler and hear how the camp was portrayed in the 1993 movie, Schindler's List. Visit the replica of the camp built under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the Liban Quarry, some hundred meters away.

Krakow: Schindler Sites & Plaszow Camp Group Tour

8. Krakow: Schindler Sites & Plaszow Camp Group Tour

Start your tour with pickup from your Krakow accommodations. Along with an experienced guide, visit one of Krakow's most historically important locations, the former Plaszow concentration camp. See the insides of the second largest Nazi concentration camp in Poland where not only Jewish but also Polish, Hungarian, and Slovakian populations were exterminated. After your time spent in the concentration camp, you will proceed to the Oscar Schindler Factory Museum. Witness relics from World War II and broaden your understanding of the loss suffered by the Jewish people during the war. After the tour, your guide will drop you off back at your accommodations.

Krakow: River Cruise & Plaszow Concentration Camp Tour

9. Krakow: River Cruise & Plaszow Concentration Camp Tour

Get an overview of Krakow's top attractions on a riverboat cruise along the Vistula and see Wawel Hill with its royal castle and cathedral from the water. Take a guided walking tour to discover Krakow's suburbs and Plaszow Concentration Camp. Learn about the camp's history from your guide. Meet your greeter in central Krakow and be taken straight to a modern catamaran for your short cruise on the Vistula. Choose to admire the scenery from the open platform on fine days or snuggled on a leather sofa on the heated deck when it's cold. Enjoy panoramic views of the royal city as you sail past Wawel Hill, churches, and other key monuments. Listen to the audio guide to learn about Krakow's history. Then, disembark to meet your tour guide. Discover little-known places in Krakow's suburbs before visiting the site of the former Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp. Learn about the impact of Nazi rule in the area, the deportation of Jews, and what camp life was like.

Krakow: Cruise and Tour of Former Concentration Camp Płaszów

10. Krakow: Cruise and Tour of Former Concentration Camp Płaszów

Experience the royal city from the river from the deck of a modern catamaran, embarking on a short panoramic cruise on the Vistula River. As you pass Wawel, churches, and other monuments, hear information about them from the boat's modern sound system and enjoy beautiful views from the open platform in fine weather. Travel in comfort on a heated deck with leather sofas on cold days. Meet with a knowledgeable guide and visit the site of the former Krakow-Płaszów concentration camp. Learn the important history of the site during the war and see the silent monuments dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Understand the influence of Nazi rule in this area as the guide teaches about how the deportation of Jews from the Krakow ghetto, which began in 1942, proceeded. Walk through the different parts of the camp and learn about what life was like in the camp and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.

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What people are saying about Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp

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based on 956 reviews

I booked online for the Plaszow and Schindler factory tour on a recent visit to Krakow. The weather was bad on the original day of booking so they messaged me to recommend a swap which we did. On the tour day we were met by Paulina who is an incredible young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady. She was polite, friendly and passionate about her local area and its fascinating history. Her English was top of the class and explanations during parts both informative and interesting. She even avoided us joining the queue for the factory tour. Hopefully one day I will come back to Krakow and will call on the services of this great small company again with out a doubt. Customer friendly and helpful and kept me informed and up to date regularly. Don't hesitate to use them yourself as like me you won't regret doing so. James Connor 11 Sept 2022

The site of Plaszow is now just a large public space dotted with information boards, memorials and building ruins. We are so pleased we booked a Guide to bring what was a place of unimaginable horror back to life. Our Guide, Olga, was just fantastic. She was extremely knowledgable, very enthusiastic and just a lovely, friendly lady. Olga even walked us to the nearest bus stop and helped us catch the correct bus back into Old Town. Olga explained the official plans to finally turn the entire site into a more formal museum location which when once completed we hope to return to visit again. If your visit to Krakow is one of interest in WWII then Plaszow is somewhere you really must visit to experience, and definitely go with the help of Olga.

This is the camp that people know very little about ,although there is not a lot to see-go with a guide who has expert knowledge.highly recommended that you visit !!! Ewa was our guide who was extremely knowledgeable and invited us to ask any questions.

Great insight into the Karakow Ghettos and Schindlers role in saving lives. Our guide was brilliant and had everyone listening with ease

Fantastic tour with our guide Kate! very informative and knowledgeable. A definite recommend for others!