Schindler's Factory Tours | Learn About an Important Time in History With an Expert Guide
Established in 1937 in Krakow, Schindler’s Factory is an enamel factory turned history museum famous for owner Oskar Schindler’s historically significant decision to hire 1200 Jews to save them from the atrocities of the Nazis during World War II. His decision saved the Jews from the Holocaust – the gruesome fate of concentration camps that the Nazis had set up to murder them during the Second World War.
The factory has since been turned into a museum that houses several documents, photographs, artifacts, and emotional videos left behind by the incredibly brave heroes and victims of the war. It depicts their wartime experiences. The history museum also hosts exhibitions, educational activities, and events that depict what life was like during the war. Read on to know how a Schindler’s Factory tour can enhance the experience of your visit to this iconic attraction!
Why Take a Schindler's Factory Tour?
Schindler’s Factory boasts a rich history and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Poland. Here are a few reasons why you should take a Schindler’s Factory tour.
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Highlights Covered on Your Schindler's Factory Tour
The museum also organizes educational activities and tours for children of different age groups to help them develop a deeper understanding of the history of Krakow and its German occupation during the Second World War. These classes held both online and offline, include a tour of the exhibitions where children are shown photographs, artifacts, and documents that tell of the history of the city during the war and the impact of Oskar Schindler’s historic decision during the time.
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What to Expect on a Schindler's Factory Tour?
A visit to such an important historical place of interest can be overwhelming since there’s so much to see and learn about. To help you explore Schindler’s Factory more efficiently, we recommend booking yourself a guided tour because it includes an expert tour guide with in-depth knowledge of the attraction. They will be able to guide and provide you with all the insight and information you need to know to make the most of your experience at the factory museum.
Once you meet your tour guide at the entrance, you will be taken straight inside Schindler’s Factory where you will be given a tour of the two museums and told about the exhibitions, activities, and events the attraction holds. You will be told all about Oskar Schindler, his enamel factory, how he saved the Jews, and life in Krakow under the Nazis. Stop by the photographer’s shop, board a tram, pay a visit to the salon, or walk along the reconstructed streets of the city of Krakow. You will also get a glimpse of where the events depicted in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List occurred in the museum.
- We suggest booking your tickets online and at least 4 days in advance. Tickets get sold out quickly since it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Poland.
- Make sure you wear comfortable shoes because you’ll have to walk around quite a bit.
- Photography is not allowed inside the museum.
- The museum is wheelchair-friendly and accessible to people with reduced mobility. Guests are allowed to bring assistance dogs with them and can also make use of the elevators (which also have braille buttons) inside the museum.
- There is a restroom for the disabled on the ground floor of the museum near the cash desk.
- If you don’t opt for a guided tour, read up about the history of Schindler’s Factory before you visit the museum.
- Make sure you set aside at least 2 hours for your visit.
- You cannot eat, drink, smoke, or make phone calls inside the museum.
- The museum is closed on the first Tuesday of every month.
- Do not carry any backpacks, umbrellas, or any large luggage items that are more than 30 liters. You will not be allowed to carry them inside.
- Visit the museum store to buy books, games, and gifts.
Frequently Asked Questions About Schindler's Factory Tours
A. A Schindler’s Factory tour starts from €15.
A. There are six types of Schindler’s Factory tours available – Skip the Line Guided Tour of Oskar Schindler’s Factory, Combo (Save 7%) – Weiliczka Salt Mine + Oskar Schindler’s Factory Guided Tour, Oskar Schindler’s Story & Walking Tour, Jewish Quarter Kazimierz and Schindler’s Factory Guided Tour, Guided Tour of Oskar Schindler’s Factory, Jewish Quarter Kazimierz and Krakow Ghetto, and Guided Tour of Schindler’s Factory and Plaszow Concentration Camp.
A. The Schindler’s Factory guided tours are available in four languages – English, German, Spanish, and French.
A. It depends on the type of guided tour you book. A few can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the scheduled date while others cannot be cancelled, refunded, or rescheduled. Please check your ticket cancellation policy while booking.
A. The Schindler’s Factory guided tours are between 1 hour 30 minutes to 5 hours long, depending on the tour you choose.
A. Yes. Children aged 0 to 6 years get free entry while those between 7 to 17 years of age and students aged 18 to 26 years enjoy reduced prices. Please carry a valid photo ID. Additionally, guests can get up to 5% off on their tickets.