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Warsaw: Jewish Ghetto Private Tour by Retro Car
This tour covers all of the essential sites from the Jewish Ghetto, the story of the Uprising in 1943, main scenes like the Ghetto Heroes memorial, and the places off the regular tourist path.
- Get to know the story of Jewish minority in Warsaw
- Hear the sad facts from the Nazi occupation of Poland
- Find the last fragments of the Ghetto wall
- See the most important buildings, sites and..
- .. places off the beaten path
DescriptionAfter the hotel pickup, the tour starts at the memorial of Janusz Korczak. He was a Polish-Jewish educator, children's author, and pedagogue. After many years as director of an orphanage in Warsaw, he refused to escape and stayed with his orphans until their end in the Treblinka extermination camp. Next is the Grzybowski Square. It represents Warsaw in Nutshell - the city which changed dramatically during the XXth Century, witnessed two World wars, two totalitarian systems, and, finally, notable changes and re-uniting Europe in the early XXIst Century. It was a Jewish part of Warsaw, and thanks to Próżna street, one can still find traces of the past. A few fragments of the Ghetto Wall running between the properties are preserved, as well as the walls of the pre-war buildings that marked the border of the ghetto. The three best-known parts of the wall are located in the former small ghetto, although some are periodically not accessible: the guide takes you to one of them. The Waliców street tenement house is, as we say, the last ghost from the Ghetto since it remains a ruin up to now. Also - there is a fragment of the Ghetto wall preserved in the same place. In 1941 Ghetto was divided into two parts by Chłodna street, used for East-West transfer traffic. The wooden bridge was built near the intersection of Chłodna and Żelazna streets to link two parts. It reached the third floor of the buildings, which allowed the “Aryan” trams, German military transports and cars to pass beneath it, as we can see in many photographs. The next stop is the Muranów district. Again, the first impression is that it is just a regular neighbourhood filled with squared blocks of flats. But there is much more from the past to be discovered with the help of a guide. The monument of the Ghetto Heroes and Polin museum are two symbolic and essential places where your guide takes you. Both are located near the spot where the first armed clash of the 1943 uprising took place. Yet, at the same time, it is where Polish, Jewish and German nations reconciled through several events throughout the last 50 years. There are two more places to visit. First is 18 Mila street, where the underworld smugglers constructed their hideout in 1943. On 8 May 1943, three weeks after the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when the Nazis found the bunker, there were around 300 people inside. Few escaped, while the rest decided to commit suicide; their remains are buried in that basement. The last place visited on tour is also the scene which marks the end of the Jewish community in Warsaw. It is the Umschlagplatz, a train station where Nazis used to load Jews and transport them to the Treblinka extermination camp. Finally, in peace, one can uncover the memorial and buildings at Stawki street, which witnessed those horrifying scenes in 1942.
IncludesHotel pickup and drop-off within 3-kilometer radius of city center Professional English-speaking local guide Transport by retro communist minibus
- Please note that transfer from and to the hotel counts into the tour's total time. Therefore, sometimes it is better to meet the guide in the city centre, rather than spend the time transferring from the far-located hotel. Car is used mainly for transfers between locations where guests walk with their guide. This tour can be booked instantly online for adults and children over 150 centimetres (4,9 ft). However, if you want to book a tour for a shorter child, please contact the tour operator to check the availability of seat boosters, which are obligatory in Poland. You must contact the tour operator before booking the tour to ensure the tour is appropriate for you if you have health issues or require special assistance. Classic vintage minibuses are not equipped with air conditioning, and some are not equipped with seat belts (which is legal with classic vintage cars). However, they have a heating system for the winter.