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Schindler’s List tour
Schindlers Factory Tour is a must during your stay in Krakow. Either you are following traces of the history of World War II or want to learn about recent past of Krakow, Schindler’s Museum is where you should definitely drop in.
Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist and owner of the enamelware factory in Krakow that he bought in 1939. He employed mostly Jews, as they were working for free. However, soon, not economy reasons, but good will and deep care about his Jewish employees’ fate, influenced Schindler’s decision to protect them. Oskar Schindler used his personal connections inside the Nazi Party and German authorities to secure relative safety for his workers. He lost almost all of his fortune on bribes he gave to Nazi officials in order to protect as many Jews as he could.
His actions became widely known for 1993’s Steven Spielberg film, “Schindler’s List”. Its title relates to the list of 1200 names of Jewish inmates from Plaszow concentration camp. Schindler rescued them under the pretext of moving them as his employees to the new factory. Thanks to the “Schindler’s List”, 1200 people were saved from certain death. For his actions, Oskar Schindler was named Righteous Among the Nations by Israel.
During Oskar Schindler Factory Tour you will hear a thrilling story about the war period in Krakow. You’ll discover how life of Poles, Jews and Nazi officers looked like and how Jewish Ghetto came into existence and then was blasted. 45 interactive exhibition halls will take you back in time presenting a rich collection of documentary photographs, movies and multimedia presentations. It includes contemporary art works that symbolize ethical dilemmas and attitudes during the war period and struggles of every-day life.
Schindler’s museum was established in the original Oskar Schindler’s factory. Schindler was a man who devoted his life for a greater cause and saved around 1000 Jews (hist workers) during the occupation. His fascinating story will also be mentioned during the tour. The last room of Schindler’s Museum features names of every single person that survived the Holocaust thanks to the effort of Oskar Schindler.
Exhibitions in Schindlers museum are mostly interactive. Therefore, guided tours are optional. However, it is possible to book a guided tour in any available language. In Schindlers museum visitors usually spend around 1.5 hours. Exhibitions are not considered shocking, so there is no age limitation.
Schindlers Factory tour
Schindlers Factory tour is a group guided tour. You’ll meet with your guide in front of the museum. Duration of the whole Schindler’s Factory Tour is about 2 hours.
You can book your Schindler’s Factory Tour with even one day in advance. However, it is advisable for bigger groups to book our services with at least a few days in advance. It can be also difficult to reserve a guide on such short notice. There are two payment methods available. You can pay online while booking our services or in cash to the driver. If you decide to pay to the driver, please remember that they do not carry credit card terminals. We prefer payments in Polish zlotys. We do however accept Euros, Pounds and U.S. Dollars if necessary. Our driver calculates the amount in foreign currency accordingly to current exchange rate. Yet, the change is given in Polish zlotys.
To make the most out of your stay in Krakow, you can combine your Schindler’s Factory tour with Auschwitz-Birkenau tour or Wieliczka Salt Mine tour. It will allow you to save time and trouble. Please, contact us for details.