Before the WWII Warsaw was practically a bicultural city, as the Jewish community was so large and active, both culturally and socially. The war changed the city on an unprecedented and drastic scale, but there are still some traces of the pre-war heritage you can visit. What can you see in 6 hours?
An itinerary for half a day or a day long visit will take you to the monuments commemorating the ghetto established in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. You will be able to see: the Memorial to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto known also as the Rapaport’s Memorial (Nathan Rapaport being a Jewish sculptor and one of the authors of the Warsaw’s memorial), then Mila St. and the Umschlagplatz. On you way you will come across the ghetto border markers, a contemporary project to preserve the memory of the district almost completely raised to the ground in 1943.
Finding the Warsaw’s Ghetto traces might be changeling not only due to its deliberate destruction by the Nazis. The original district had a complicated topography as there were two parts of it joint by a wooden bridge. Today, there is a contemporary installation built on the site that includes some photographs taken during the war.
With all the war destruction, are there any original buildings left? Well, yes and our itinerary include a visit to the Nożyk Synagogue opened in 1902 and a short walk along Próżna St. where you will see some old buildings preserved on both sides of the street which enables you to experience the atmosphere of pre-war Warsaw. We will also show you where to find a section of the ghetto wall, that was not destroyed. Last, but not least, you can go to the Jewish cemetery, that is over 200 years old and still serves the local Jewish community.
Finally, there is the Jewish Historical Institute that on Oct 1, 2017 celebrated the 70th anniversary of its establishing. The Institute was created in 1947 and was located in the rebuilt building of the pre-war Institute for Judaistic Sciences and the Main Judaistic Library. It has been closed due to the exhibition remodeling and the reopening is scheduled for mid November 2017.
After the sightseeing, we recommend a visit in the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews or our Jewish heritage tour in the eastern part of Warsaw
We can provide guiding services in all the above mentioned places.
The sightseeing of the Jewish historic sites located in the city centre takes time due to the distances. It requires a private transport or taxis to save time. It is possible to use public transport but the tour will be longer due to the city traffic.
On request, we can provide a short version (4 hours) of the itinerary that will include a shorter visit to the Nożyk Synagogue and the Jewish cemetery. The shorter itinerary will not include a visit to the Jewish Historical Insitute
tickets and bookings:
- There is an entrance fee to the Nożyk Synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery and the Jewish Historical Institute.
- For a larger group it is obligatory to book entrance to the Nożyk Synagogue in advance. On request, we can assist you with the booking.
- The visit to the POLIN Museum is not included in the itinerary. An average visit takes 2-3 hours and we recommend visiting it before or after the sightseeing tour. Tickets to the POLIN Museum must be booked and bought at the Museum ticket office or official website. On request, we can assist you with the booking.
- The itinerary may modified due to opening hours, weather conditions (e.g. strong winds results in the Jewish cemetery closing) or individual customers’ requests.