Oskar Schindler’s enamel factory tour

portrait of Stalin in the Schindler's enamel factory

Sightseeing Schindler’s factory with a guide

Visit the Oskar Schindler’s enamel factory, one of the most important museums in Krakow. During the tour you will learn about the shocking history of the citizens living in Krakow during the World War II. The modern museum was designed to guide visitors through the story of fate of Polish citizens in Nazi occupation times. The museum was designed not only by historians but also by various artists to reflect the climate of the World War II in the best possible way.  

Krakow guided tour in Oskar Schindler's Factory
Oskar Schindler’s Factory Tour

Visiting the Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory with a guide allows you to discover the fascinating story about life in inhumane times. Learn about the story of heroes who thanks to their courageous attitudes were examples for future generations. Also, hear about those who turned to the evil side and from victims who became executioners.

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guided tour in Schindler's Factory

Details:

Duration

  • 90 minutes (approx.) The visit can be extended by going on a tour of the former Krakow ghetto and the Jewish part of Kazimierz.

Included

  • Private guided tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tickets

Rates – including tax:

  • 90 EUR regular (1-4 people)
  • Each additional person 22 EUR

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FULL TOUR DESCRIPTION

Schindler’s Factory is one of the places on the map of Krakow that should be visited by everyone interested in the history of World War II. In the preserved original buildings of Oskar Schindler’s enamel factory you can watch a multimedia exhibition which will allow you to learn more about the events of that period. See the guided tour of Oskar Schindler’s factory.

SCHINDLER’S FACTORY – THE PLACE WHERE OVER 1000 JEWS WERE SAVED

The Museum of Schindler’s Factory was established in the original buildings of the factory where pots, pans and other enamel products were produced during the war. Its owner was Oskar Schindler, a German who employed many Jews. At the end of the war he decided to evacuate the factory to the Czech Republic and took over 1000 Jewish workers with him. In this way he saved them from certain extermination. On the basis of this story Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List” was made. “Schindler’s List, which was filmed in authentic factory buildings. His work was recognized with numerous awards and nominations, including the most important in the film world Oscars, of which he received as many as 7.

a guide showing people around Schindler's factory in Krakow

Schindler’s Factory is now not only the original factory building preserved from the time of World War II, but primarily a museum showing the history of those times. The permanent exhibition covers the events of World War II in occupied Krakow. It has been designed in such a way as to allow visitors to almost literally travel back in time several decades and feel the terrible atmosphere of those times. During a tour of Schindler’s Factory you can not only watch the exhibits from those years, but also feel the emotions that accompanied the residents of Krakow during the war.

VISITING SCHINDLER’S FACTORY – A WALK THROUGH THE STREETS OF OCCUPIED KRAKOW

Entering the Schindler’s Factory, you can expect typical exhibition halls in which successive collections are presented. Meanwhile, the organizers have prepared for you an extraordinary exhibition which takes you back in time from the very entrance. During the tour you will see a former photographic workshop and an original 19th century Kaiserpanorama . At other points in the exhibition you will find yourself in the Jewish quarter, that is in the Kraków ghetto, and you will feel the cramped conditions there and see a typical Jewish dwelling. Your journey does not end here, because during the tour of the Schindler Factory you will also visit the camp in Płaszów, and at the very end you will learn about the fate of Krakow when it was occupied by the Red Army in January 1945.

During the tour of Schindler’s Factory you not only change your surroundings, passing by successive points on the map of occupied Krakow, but you also have the opportunity to hear music coming from loudspeakers, conversations of residents and see original film recordings. In this way you engage all your senses and after the tour you better understand what Krakow looked like during the Nazi German occupation. During the tour you can also see old photographs, weapons, equipment and objects of everyday use. Perhaps some of them are well known to you, but probably some will arouse your surprise.

Thanks to this exhibition, you will see how historical events intertwined with everyday life in occupied Krakow. It is an extraordinary story about ordinary life, which took place in very inhuman times.

guided tour in Schindler's enamel factory

Heroes and traitors

An important element of the tour are also people. You will get to know their profiles and stories, both everyday ones, as well as those having a greater impact on the course of history and the lives of others. Among them are ordinary people, who had the misfortune to be born at that time and, whether they wanted to or not, had to adapt to the conditions and rules of life in the occupied city. Among them there are also heroes such as Oskar Schindler and Tadeusz Pankiewicz, whose deeds helped other people and became an example for future generations.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about the dark side of war, that is the history of those who changed the front and from victims became executioners, informing, beating and mistreating others. It will be an extraordinary lesson of humanity for you and proof that the way we behave does not depend on nationality.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The duration of the guided tour of the Schindler’s Factory Museum is about 90 minutes. The price includes guided tour of the exhibition and entrance tickets to the museum. The tour may be extended by choosing additional sightseeing tour of  Krakow Jewish Quarter & Ghetto. Its history is intertwined with the events recounted in the exhibition, so it is an excellent opportunity to see how the places shown in the exhibition have changed since the World War II.

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