Guided Tour of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory

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Face the history of Jews living in Krakow, see how people smiled, laughed, and coped with their fate during World War II, and learn more about Oskar Schindler on a sobering tour of his former enamel factory.

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English
This museum covers the Nazi occupation of Krakow during World War 2. It shows how Oskar Schindler treated the Polish and Jews he employed and what he did to save as many of them as he could. When you first start your visit there is a cinema where a few of the Schindler Jews tell what he did to help them and save them. You start on the second floor and work your way down. There are lots of displays and videos of people describing what life was like during the occupation. This museum has wheelchair access and you can pay for a guided tour even though all displays have Polish and English descriptions. There is only a slight mention of the movie Schindler's List and that is right at the end near the cafe. A limited number of free lockers are available for you to store bags and jackets during your visit. Purchase your tickets in advance as those people are let in first. If there are any spots left then walk in visitors are allowed. We didn't purchase tickets in advance but got there 20 minutes before opening time so were near the front of the queue and were allowed in. We did hear people saying the museum was full by 11 am the previous day and lined up early this time. The #3 tram will get you from the old town across the river to the museum. Get off at the first tram stop after you cross the river and exit to the right behind the tram. Follow the signs on the street poles for a short 5 minute walk to the museum. Allow around 3 hours to properly visit the museum. Entry to the factory is free on Monday but is closed the first Monday of each month.
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Highlights

  • See Krakow as it existed more than 70 years ago
  • Hear stories of World War II in the country where it started
  • Sense the overwhelming omnipresence of the enemy
  • Feel the bittersweet joy of being liberated by the Soviet army

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Description

Forget the here and now for a couple of hours and see Krakow as it existed more than 70 years ago on a guided tour of Oskar Schindler’s Factory.

Hear about World War II in the country where it started, walk along the cobblestone streets of wartime Krakow among the city’s inhabitants, and be overwhelmed by the omnipresent existence of the enemy.

Enter narrow passages and overpopulated apartments in the Ghetto, find weapons in a resistance house, and feel the horror of being imprisoned and interrogated. Try to imagine your life in hiding, and finally feel the bittersweet joy of being liberated by the Soviet army.

Please note that a printed ticket must be handed in at the beginning of the tour.

The tour depends on the opening hours of the museum and therefore may be cancelled a few days prior to the scheduled date.

What’s included & not included

  • Expert local guide
  • Guided tour of Oskar Schindler’s Factory

Meeting point

Your guide will meet you at the Film Café located inside Oskar Schindler’s Factory. Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin as entry is issued upon the hour.

Reviews from travellers (7)

5.0/5

Discover how much he did to save the Jewish people
This museum covers the Nazi occupation of Krakow during World War 2. It shows how Oskar Schindler treated the Polish and Jews he employed and what he did to save as many of them as he could. When you first start your visit there is a cinema where a few of the Schindler Jews tell what he did to help them and save them. You start on the second floor and work your way down. There are lots of displays and videos of people describing what life was like during the occupation. This museum has wheelchair access and you can pay for a guided tour even though all displays have Polish and English descriptions. There is only a slight mention of the movie Schindler's List and that is right at the end near the cafe. A limited number of free lockers are available for you to store bags and jackets during your visit. Purchase your tickets in advance as those people are let in first. If there are any spots left then walk in visitors are allowed. We didn't purchase tickets in advance but got there 20 minutes before opening time so were near the front of the queue and were allowed in. We did hear people saying the museum was full by 11 am the previous day and lined up early this time. The #3 tram will get you from the old town across the river to the museum. Get off at the first tram stop after you cross the river and exit to the right behind the tram. Follow the signs on the street poles for a short 5 minute walk to the museum. Allow around 3 hours to properly visit the museum. Entry to the factory is free on Monday but is closed the first Monday of each month.
Excellent overview starting with the beginning of WW 2 in Poland
All of the guided tours were filled. We obtained our self guided tickets at the ticket office at the back of the Cloth Hall with a set time to arrive. We were so glad we were not with a guided tour. Everything has written explanations & you can go at your own pace. Actually when there is a group it tends to clog up the path as at some places the path is narrow. The museum is not just about the story of Oskar Schindler. It tells the story of Poland & the Jewish people. Some pictures & sounds were graphic but you leave knowing the truth about the suffering of the people.
Great experience
I'm so glad we paid for this and didn't just go to the factory on our own. The guide turned up bang on time and was really knowledgeable, spoke good English and told us so many facts as we went round. Its not just about Schindler, we were immersed in the horrible history of the war. Really recommend this trip. Also note that if you want to go without the pre booked guided tour they only allow so many in each day so you need to get there early.
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