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Fitting in Schindler Museum visit on Best of Eastern Europe tour

Has anyone who has taken the Best of Eastern Europe tour recently (since it was cut from 16 to 14 days) made use of your free afternoon in Krakow to visit the Schindler Museum? Did you feel you had enough time to experience the museum? I have read that it can be very crowded, and that purchasing advance tickets is recommended. If I were to try to purchase in advance, what entry time would make the most sense, given the structure of the tour activities that day?

Thanks for any advice you can offer on this!

Posted by Edwin
Coppell, TX USA
276 posts

I took the Easterun Europe 16 day tour. We did the visit after lunch. We had about 2 hours. Being a history nut, I could spend the better part of a full day in the Museum.

Once on the tour you can work with your guide to get a better idea on timing that day and for assistance on how to book the tickets.

Posted by Eric
Beaverton, Oregon, USA
411 posts

Agree with Edwin. You could spend a lot of time here. The museum is very well done. I went as part of 16 day Eastern Europe tour. I didn't think that visiting with the tour group worked as well as if I'd done it independently. Some of the spaces are little confined.

Unfortunately, I can't comment on how to fit it in on the 14 day tour. Keep it mind that it takes a little time to get to and from the museum on public transport. You might consider combining a late afternoon visit with dinner and music at Klezmer Hois in Kazimierz. Very enjoyable.

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
14803 posts

The morning walking tour should end by 13:00 at the latest, at which time, you'll need to eat something (quickly), but have the rest of the day free. It's unlikely that your guide would need to change the schedule on this day.

Posted by Don
Rhode Island, USA
118 posts

We also did the Eastern European Tour when it was 16 days and as mentioned the time allotted for the group tour did not seem to be enough. With the current tour ending around 1:00 you should be better off by being able to do it yourself at your own pace than if you had done it with the group. As far as advance purchase I can not help with that. We did it on a week day afternoon and the crowd was not that bad but that tour was in 2013.

Posted by padams
Sacramento, CA
418 posts

Make sure it's open when you are there. We happened to be there on the first Monday of the month when it closes at 2:00.

Posted by Valerie
Massachusetts
13 posts

Hi. I took the Best of Eastern Europe in 14 Days last May. Right before our free time began around midday, our RS tour leader took those who were interested to a trustworthy ticket agent so that we could buy our advance purchase tickets to the Schlindler Museum. Then a few of us went to a milk bar for a quick lunch (which was also an interesting experience in itself). Then we walked to public transit and then did more walking to get to the museum. I love history and this museum was fascinating. I stayed about 3 1/2 hours and even so I went through a few of the last exhibits at a less leisurely pace. I’m glad that the museum wasn’t part of the tour because I would have felt like 2 hours definitely wasn’t enough time - but as I said, I’m very interested in history.

Posted by Ruth OP
Ithaca, NY, USA
348 posts

Valerie, I was thinking of ordering tickets ahead of time, but it sounds like that might not be necessary?

Laura, do you know if it is the norm for tour leaders to help tour members obtain tickets for this museum? I don't want to miss out in the event tickets sell out.
Thanks!

Posted by Valerie
Massachusetts
13 posts

Hi, Ruth, After reading your posts, I’m thinking in retrospect that maybe I should have made a reservation well in advance since I love history, but fortunately it all worked out fine. Maybe you could call the RS office to ask about this to find out if they know about which day & approximate time the tour group has their free time in Kraków on this year’s tour.

This is a fascinating, fun tour. Have a great time!

Posted by sjb
Chicago
15 posts

The second time I was in Prague (1st RS tour), I did Schindler's Museum and LOVED IT! From there, you can walk in about 10 minutes to the Jewish ghetto area and jump right back into town on the tram. One other place to go to if you are a WW2 or history buff: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, where those who assassinated Heydrich made history. Great movie - Anthropoid and you'll actually see the same places in person as in the movie.