|The Jewish Quarter Tour in Prague traces the history of what was once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe.
This is a premium walking tour led by a certified Jewish Museum guide who specialises in the Jewish Quarter.
Admission to all monuments in the Jewish Museum is included.
And as the subject of the tour is of a sensitive nature, we only run it in small groups.
The Jewish Quarter Tour embraces the history, legends and traditions of the Jewish people in Prague, from the 10th century settlements through their enforced isolation, the pogrom refugees, and the horrors of the 20th century.
Importantly, we learn about the every day life of the Jewish people through the ages: how they lived, worked and survived, of their successes and of their failures.
The story unfolds vividly as we explore the synagogues, cemetery, and the streets of the former Jewish Ghetto. Why, for instance, were people buried ten deep, one on top of the other? Who was the famous “Golem”? And how, despite the terrible purges of the Nazi occupation, did the beautiful monuments in the Jewish Quarter survive?
The Jewish Quarter forms an integral part of the city. And with so much Jewish history contained within the monuments of the Jewish Museum, a walking tour led by a professional guide is the only way to gain a real understanding of the subject. It's a fascinating story, if you let us tell it.
As we tour the Jewish Quarter, we'll also discover a little of the life Franz Kafka, the famous author born and raised in Prague.
-Jewish communities in Prague, from the earliest records of 965, through medieval times, to the present day.
-Development of the Jewish Ghetto and history of the synagogues, the Ceremonial Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery.
-Background to, and reasons for the redevelopment of the Jewish Ghetto at the turn of the 20th century.
-Changing status of the Jews over the centuries, and the tragedy of the Holocaust.
-Remnants of a community; Prague's Jewish people today.
-Largest collection of Jewish ceremonial art (Judaica) in Central Europe, which includes silver, glass, textiles, manuscripts, and other rare and precious objects.
Prague Experience walking tours are led by professional, licensed tourist guides.
The tour is in English.
Note: This tour must be booked at least 24 hours in advance, as there are only a limited number of specialist guides.
Bookings are for a minimum of 2 people.
Note: The Old-New Synagogue is not part of the Jewish Museum, so we only visit the outside of this synagogue. The guide will explain its history, and for most visitors this is sufficient, but if you wish to go inside, simply inform the guide on the day and they will organise it.
Note: In World War II, Jews were deported from the Jewish Quarter to the Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp and Ghetto, which is located 60km from Prague. To continue the story of the Jewish people in Prague, you may wish to also book the Terezin Concentration Camp Tour.