Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter), Krakow

Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter), Krakow (must see)

For many centuries, Kazimierz was a place of coexistence and interpenetration of ethnic Polish and Jewish cultures. Its northeastern part of the district was historic Jewish, whose Jewish inhabitants were forcibly relocated in 1941 by the German occupying forces into the Krakow ghetto just across the river in Podgórze. Today Kazimierz is one of the major tourist attractions of Krakow and an important center of the city's cultural life.

The birth of Kazimierz took place thanks to King Casimir the Great, after whom the town was named. But it was the decision of King Jan Olbracht, which led the Jews of Krakow to move to Kazimierz. After the move, the pogroms and riots between the two major communities reduced drastically. Both the communities co-existed without much difficulty until the early 19th century when the separate Jewish town was made a part of Krakow. Most of the intelligentsia and the elite abandoned Kazimierz and moved to other parts of Krakow. However, those who stayed back in the old town were the poor and orthodox Jews. It is thanks to them that the buildings and architecture can still be appreciated.

The Second World War brought about further abandonment and misery to the community. By the end of the War, the Jewish town that was once a melting pot of distinct and unique Jewish culture was left in ruins.

It was not until very recently in 2000 when the poorest district of Krakow garnered attention from the budding hospitality industry. Soon the buildings became home to some of the finest and coziest cafes and restaurants in the city. Furthermore, each year at the end of June, Kazimierz is home to the Jewish Culture Festival – Europe's largest Jewish festival of culture and music that attracts visitors from around the world. Music at the festival is very diverse and played by bands from the Middle East, USA, and Africa, among others.

Why You Should Visit:
If you're looking for a place to wander pretty streets and dip in and out of nice places, then this is the area for you.

Tip:
If you head toward the corner of Ulica Józefa and Ulica Nowa, the walkways in that area are the perfect mix of local shops and atmospheric alleyways. You'll see lots of cute shops with fun graffiti and artwork painted on the side of them.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter) on Map

Sight Name: Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)
Sight Location: Krakow, Poland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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