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.
In the city centre of Warsaw, an itinerary for half a day or a day long visit includes for instance: the Nożyk Synagogue, the Jewish cemetery and the monuments commemorating the Ghetto such as the Umschlagplatz, Mila St. and the Memorial to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. After the sightseeing, we recommend a visit in the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Having more time for sightseeing you can go to the Warsaw University Campus, as it is the place where many Jewish political leaders have studied such as David Ben-Gurion (the first Prime Minister of Israel) and Yitzhak Gruenbaum (the first Israeli Internal Minister in Ben-Gurion’s cabinet). The Old Town is a Jewish heritage site as well; it was home to the oldest, medieval, Jewish community in Warsaw. Today, it is the touristic centre of Warsaw, so you will find a lot of souvenir shops there. After a day long exploration of the Jewish past and present, you can also consider having some rest in one of the city’s parks like the Royal Łazienki with the scenic Frederic Chopin Monument.
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.
tickets and bookings:
- There is an entrance fee to the Nożyk Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery.
- 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. 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.