Itinerary

This tour is suitable for everyone who is interested in rich Jewish history in Slovakia and Poland with valuable monuments like synagogues, cemeteries and museums.
In 8 days one can see the most interesting places of Jewish Heritage in Slovakia (Bratislava, Malacky, Stupava, Nitra, Trnava, Sered, Nove Zamky, Komarno, Zvolen and Presov) and Poland (Krakow city and Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum).

This interesting tour can be extended or modified.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    - Arrival in Bratislava
    - Accommodation in hotel
    - Free time

  2. Day 2 Sightseeing of Bratislava Jewish heritage sites, visit the synagogues in Stupava and Malacky.

    - Breakfast
    - Bratislava Jewish heritage sites visit
    - Malacky synagogue
    - Stupava synagogue
    - Return to Bratislava

    Museum of Jewish culture is the only reminder of the historic Jewish neighborhood razed in the 1960s, when the SNP Bridge was constructed. The most valuable pieces from the museum collection are two Chevra kadisha jugs from Senica town with dating of 1734 and 1776.

    Chatam Sofer Memorial is dedicated to the Rabbi Moshe Schreiber who became Chief Rabbi of Bratislava in 1806. He was strictly Orthodox and headed a yeshiva in Bratislava that was considered the prominent center of traditional Jewish learning in Europe. This famous cemetery dates back to the 17th century, but only a part with 22 graves surrounding the Chatam Sofer’s tomb was preserved.

    Bratislava Synagogue is the only remaining synagogue in the city. It was constructed in 1923-1926 and still serves as an active Jewish house of worship.
    Malacky Synagogue is one of the most beautiful in Slovakia from 1900 built in the Moorish-style architecture. It belongs today to the municipality and is used as an art school.
    Stupava Synagogue is one of the oldest in Slovaki, built in 1803 and represents a unique example of the nine-bay type. After a previous restoration it will be used as a central archive and book deposit for the Slovak Jewish community.

  3. Day 3 Visit the synagogue in Trnava and Jewish cemetery in Sered.

    - Breakfast
    - Trnava synagogue
    - Cemetery in Sered
    - Return to Bratislava

    Trnava Synagogue was built in 1897 for the Status Quo Jewish community. Today the building is used as the Center of Contemporary Art of Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava. It also houses a Judaica exhibition in the women’s gallery.

    Jewish cemetery in Sered is well preserved, established in the first half of the 19th century. It has several sections, including a group of Baroque tombstones that were moved here from an older cemetery. Inside the chapel a small Holocaust exhibition has been installed.

  4. Day 4 Visit Menhaz in Komarno, synagogues in Nove Zamky and Nitra.

    - Breakfast
    - Menhaz in Komarno
    - Nove Zamky synagogue
    - Nitra synagogue
    - Return to Bratislava

    Menhaz is the center of Jewish religious and cultural life in Komarno, built in 1896. It is a single-story, L-shaped neo-Gothic compound with synagogue. The synagogue has a charming Gothic interior with its original furniture and highly decorative cast-iron tie bars.

    Orthodox synagogue in Nove Zamky survived WWII and is still used as a Jewish house of worship. The original interior has been preserved, with the bimah placed strictly in the center and the women’s gallery supported by cast-iron columns along three sides of the sanctuary. A small exhibition of local Jewish history may be viewed in a seminar room opposite the synagogue.

    Nitra synagogue was built in 1908 - 1911 for Neolog Jewish community in a mixture of Moorish, Byzantine and Art Nouveau elements. The building is now used as a center for cultural activities.

  5. Day 5 Visit the Jewish cemetry and Park of Generous Souls in Zvolen town. Transfer to Levoca.

    - Breakfast
    - Transfer to Zvolen
    - Jewish cemetry and Park of Generous Souls
    - Transfer to Levoca
    - Accommodation at stylish hotel

    The Park of Generous Souls in the central Slovak town of Zvolen was conceived as an oasis of peace honoring all Slovak citizens who helped save Jews during the Holocaust.

  6. Day 6 Visit the synagogue in Spisske Podhradie town, Spis castle (UNESCO), Orthodox Jewish complex in Presov city. Transfer to Krakow, Poland.

    - Breakfast
    - Spisske Podhradie synagogue
    - Spis castle (UNESCO)
    - Jewish monuments in Presov
    - Afternoon transfer to Krakow
    - Accommodation at 4* hotel

    Synagogue in Spisske Podhradie is a simple building constructed around 1875 and restored after a fire in 1905-1906. It is a typical example of nineteenth century provincial synagogue architecture. The interior has been relatively well preserved. The splendid decorations are currently being restored.

    Spis Castle is the largest medieval castle in Central Europe located on a travertine rock hill. The castle hill was populated as early as 5th century BC; it is one the greatest archaeological and historical gems of Central Europe and is under UNESCO protection.

    Presov Orthodox Jewish compound is centered on its magnificent synagogue, whose size and grandeur recall the prosperity of the community it served. The building was constructed in 1897-1898. Its interior is designed in impressive Moorish style with richly colorful decoration, it retains much of its splendor after a painstaking restoration carried out in the 1990s. The synagogue is still active as a house of worship, but it also serves as a Jewish museum with a collection of Judaica. In addition to the synagogue, other buildings include the Hassidic Beit Midrash (study house), the school, the rabbinate and the community offices.

  7. Day 7 Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau visit, Jewish Heritage Route tour in Krakow.

    - Breakfast
    - Krakow Jewish Heritage Tour with private guide
    - Auschwitz museum reqular group tour
    - Return to Krakow

    Krakow Jewish Heritage Tour through Kazimierz District. At the present Kazimierz is one of the most popular districts of the city, thanks to its rich tradition and the atmosphere enabling us to feel the „spirit” of its former inhabitants. Entrance to Remuh Synagogue, one of the few left in Cracow.

    Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is known worldwide as the site of a notorious Nazi concentration camp. The Museum grounds cover 191 hectares. On the museum grounds stand several hundred camp buildings and ruins, including the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria, over a dozen kilometers of camp fence, camp roads, and the railroad spur ("ramp") at Birkenau. In 1979, the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was entered on the UNESCO international list of world heritage sites.

  8. Day 8 Farewell.

    - Breakfast
    - End of the tour

Basic information

price on request

Duration: 8 days

Type/style: Guided sightseeing and cultural discovery tour

Level of difficulty: Easy

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Museum of Jewish Culture Chatam Sofer Memorial Sered Holocaust Museum Synagogue in Trnava Synagogue in Nove Zamky Komarno-Menhaz Synagogue in Presov Spisky Castle Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau