- Visit the local neighborhood of Podgórze, one of Krakow’s greenest districts.
- Try craft beer from a local microbrewery.
- Have fun with locals while creating your own handmade, eco-friendly souvenir.
- Try delicious, homemade Polish cake and discover the story of locals who incite positive change and help others in impactful ways.
- See the best panoramic views of the city from Krakow’s pedestrian bridge.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, hand-made souvenir workshop with a local specialist, piece of cake, water, tea or coffee, local beer.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, shopping, other items of a personal nature.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Meeting point: 10 Plac Wolnica, centrally located in the Kazimierz district. View on Google Maps.
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- Starting time: 2.00 PM
- Ending point: Main Square of Podgórze district. Your guide can help you organize public or private transport back to your accommodation. View on Google Maps.
Get ready to work with your hands, tap into your creativity, and make something special to take home from Krakow — all while giving back to the local homeless community.
Our tour starts at Wolnica Square in a small pub serving craft beer from a local, mountain microbrewery. It’s an ideal place to get to know each other and find out more about local culture and history.
Next, we’ll cross Krakow’s pedestrian bridge where you’ll get some of the best panoramic views of the city, and find ourselves in the local district Podgórze, one of the greenest areas of the city, filled with unique attractions that most visitors don’t typically experience.
After a short walk around this neighborhood hearing about its fascinating history, we’ll visit Żywa Pracownia (Alive Space), a local folk art center known widely for the goodness and empathy of its staff and a beautifully decorated interior. This is where it’s our turn to get creative!
Following instructions given by specialists at the center, we’ll have the opportunity to make some unique souvenirs according to designs and ideas that are more than 100 years old. We will be working with different tools and up-cycled, natural materials to create our souvenirs, making them even more special. If you get hungry, we’ll also be snacking on some homemade Polish cake while we work.
Besides having fun, eating homemade cake, and creating an unforgettable, handmade souvenir from Krakow, we will discover the important story behind the place where we’re working and its mission to help homeless people in the community. In short, just by participating in this tour, you’ll be providing up to five bowls of hot soup to people who need it.
After the tour, handmade souvenir in hand, let us know if you need suggestions for what else to see and do in the area — we’re always happy to help!
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour.
Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
- On this tour, your guide will take you to the neighborhood of Podgorze, which is off the usual tourist trail and a unique place that will give you more insight into life in Krakow.
- Your tour promotes traditional arts and crafts, which supports local cultural heritage. You will also have the chance to make your own eco-friendly souvenir to take home.
- By participating in the souvenir workshop, you are supporting the local social organization of Zywa Pracownia (Alive Lab), which collects funds for the social project Zupa na Plantach (Soup in Planty Park), providing food for the homeless people of Krakow.
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Nikki from the USA, 15th of February 2019
I was interested in this tour for two main reasons; (1) to see a more local area of Krakow and (2) to support the social enterprise this tour visits. I normally don’t love making crafts so that wasn’t high on my list, but it was actually really interesting! We learned (from the founder of the social enterprise- who was SO interesting & passionate) all about WHY they do crafts and what makes them special. There was also something really nice about all sitting down & working with our hands. It made the conversation really casual & intimate. Not only did we learn a lot from the founder & his family, but we also got incredible insight into Polish culture from Monika. Again, because of the casual vibe, we felt like we could ask her anything! One of my favorite things as a traveler is to just ‘hang out in a local setting. This provided exactly that. I also really enjoyed being in a local neighborhood with no tourists. Being in a small group (we were 4 people), we were able to blend in when we popped into the small local shop to grab the cake. I would definitely recommend this tour- even to those who aren’t interested in making dolls 😉
Anula from Poland, 15th of February 2019
Although I’ve been to Kraków many times, I’ve never explored this side of town. The doll-making workshop was really fun and it made me feel really good about myself when I found out that the money I spent on this experience support such a good cause! Sometimes we tend to travel with our bucket lists and forget to immerse in the culture and enjoy the moment. I would definitely recommend this experience not only to travelers but anyone living in Kraków, especially if you have kids or you’re into handicrafts. Thank you, I had a blast!