The Umschlagplatz


In 1940, the Nazis set up in the heart of Warsaw the Ghetto. On the area of four sq. km. they herded over 460,000 of Jews from Warsaw and its environs, in horrible conditions. 100,000 people died here because of exhaustion, hunger and diseases. Over 300,000 were deported in cattle carriages to the extermination camp in Treblinka. Nobody returned. In 1943, following Nazis attempts to liquidate the ghetto completely, an uprising broke out. As an act of revenge, Nazis razed the territory of the Warsaw ghetto to the ground. Within just three years, the Jewish Warsaw ceased to exist.

The topic of the three-hour tour is the history of the setting-up and liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. On this trail of the almost completely perished city you will explore the northern part of the ghetto, so called Large Ghetto. During the tour you will see real places and hear authentic stories. You will visit one of the few Jewish cemeteries in operation where famous Warsaw Jews are buried. You will see the former location of the Great Synagogue and of the bunker at 18 Miła Street. You will learn about the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto and the secret organization Oneg Shabbat, which took on the task of documenting the life in the ghetto. The Archive survived the war in metal cases and milk cans and was entered into the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register comprising the most important documents preserved by mankind. You will also get to know the history of Jan Karski, the courier of the Polish Underground State who was among the first people to tell the world about the Holocaust of the Jewish people in Poland under German occupation. Furthermore, you will also learn about the symbolism of the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, the Umschlagplatz, the POLIN Museum and the Muranów district. Although the ghetto itself long ago ceased to exist, it is worthwhile to know its history.

Tour program:

  • The former location of the Great Synagogue
  • The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
  • The entrance route to the ghetto
  • The Warsaw Ghetto Boundary Markers
  • The Memorial Route of Jewish Martyrdom and Fighting
  • The Karski Bench
  • The Monument to the Ghetto Heroes
  • The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • The Umschlagplatz
  • The 18 Miła Street

 Duration: 3 hours

 Start time: 10.00 am, 2.00 pm, 5.00 pm

 Venue: your hotel

 Price: 1 - 25 pax

Number of persons 1 pax pax pax pax 5-10 pax 11-25 pax
Price per 1 person in PLN 450 PLN 210 PLN 150 PLN 130 PLN 85 PLN 43 PLN
Price per 1 person in EUR 95 EUR 44 EUR 32 EUR 28 EUR 18 EUR 9 EUR
Included hotel pick-up & drop off, licensed tour guide services, headsets (for groups of 10 pax), taxes
Not included entrance and/or public transport tickets, lunch
Type of tour walking tour, sightseeing with entrance to sites

For groups of more than 25 pax the price will be set individually. To get a quote please send a request

Methods of payments: we accept payments with cash, bank transfers and credit cards: EC-Cards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Additional information:

  • The order of the sightseeing may change depending on the location of your hotel.
  • On Fridays evening und Saturdays the tour is offered without entrance to the Synagogue and to the Jewish Cemetery.
  • During this tour we do not offer a guided tour of the POLIN Museum. We recommend to explore the core exhibition with audio guides, which are available in English and other languages as well. It is a good idea to earmark at least 2.5 hours to visit the core exhibition. Please plan your visit considering the opening hours of the POLIN Museum:

       Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (the last entrance: 4:00 pm)

       Tuesday: closed

       Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (the last entrance: 6:00 pm)

       Museum is closed on: January 1., April 9., May 2., September 25., November 1., December 24.,25.,26.,31.

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