One of the things I looked forward to most about visiting Krakow was the history that the city had access to (common theme or what?)
But it’s a city whose history lies not just within its walls but also outside them.
We decided the best way to explore the history outside the walls, more specifically the Jewish history, was to join in with a walking tour. Freewalkingtours.com was who we chose to go with and they had a tour that went at 1.30pm everyday. The tour was rather busy, and the groups ended up splitting into three smaller groups.
It was a 10minute walk to Kazimierz, a place which was once a thriving town in its own right but became the Jewish Quarter, and from there the tour begins.
You hear about how Kazimierz was built up to become a town with a thriving Jewish Community, how it changed due to World War two and are told stories of the buildings and people that were there especially during World War two.
You are told about the places to hang out in that area (we had a drink at Alchemia, with its Narnia inspired wardrobe), food to eat (especially after a night out) and have some street art pointed out (which you can do another tour of if you want to see more)
It was good for an afternoon and we definitely learned things we probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Yes you could probably do it on your own, but I find that sometimes it’s nice to hear the stories of others rather then just reading from another guide book.