The Jewish quarter of Krakow is a sample of the legacy of the Jews, their traditions and is one of the visits to take into account.
During the tour of the Polish city of Krakow, it is essential to visit the famous Kazimierz Jewish Quarter. It is one of those neighborhoods with history within Europe and that houses different sites that you should visit. Is a perfect area of Krakow to get lost and enjoy the entire Jewish tradition and elements of its culture.
This neighborhood has its birth throughout the fourteenth century, founded by King Casimir III and precisely gave him his own name since Kazimierz in Polish means Casimir. The Jews of the time began to live here and carried out different commercial and mercantile activities. Many of the Jews were removed from this neighborhood during World War II, during the occupation of Poland.
Taking a walk through Kazimierz we can see very modern areas and others more traditional. One of the most important and relevant points is Szeroka Street, which maintains its traditional cobblestone pavement and is a place full of good restaurants and cafeswhere we can enjoy traditional food.
In this Jewish quarter there is no lack of synagogues either, although in the past there were some more that were destroyed. In this case we can see the Remuh Synagogue, small but with a lot of history and still used for Jewish religious services. It was restored after a major fire. Another option is to visit the so-called Old Synagogue, which also had to be restored and inside it is possible to see the Krakow Historical Museum.
Recommended visits are, for example, to the New Jewish Cemetery in Krakow, as well as knowing the Jewish Museum of Galiciawhich is another of the alternatives that you should take into account when making a complete tour of the Kazimierz neighborhood. In the case of the museum we will be able to learn more about the history of the Jews.