Kazimierz is the polish name given to a Jewish quarter from Krakow. This is where the Jews used to live, under the rule of Kazimir the Great.
Not many people coming here think about this quarter, as the most of them think of visiting the well-known places such as – Rynek Glówny, the Wawel Castle, and the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine. Anyhow, opting for something more special will give you an insight into the history. During the Second World War the Nazis made everything possible to destroy what this quarter represented and no sign of Jewish people remain.
Anyhow, once the communism fell, the Jewish community tried to revive this area. There is no sign where it begins or where it ends, you will just be guided by the sight of so many synagogues and lots of writings in Hebrew language. You will feel it as you will see its simplicity and the fact that is actually different.
There are six synagogues for one to visit – the Old Synagogue, the Remuh Synagogue, the High Synagogue, the Izaak Synagogue, the Kupah Synagogue, and the Tempel Synagogue and as well, one can visit the Old Jewish Cemetery. The only one still active is the Tempel Synagogue. Apart from these ones, one can see as well some Christian churches and the Municipal Engineering Museum.
A stop at a Jewish restaurant is a must as their menus are totally distinctive than those from other restaurants in Krakow. Their cuisine is very sweet and tasty. Stop and listen to the Jewish people here as everyone seems to have a story to tell. Enjoy!