|The Jewish Quarter Tour in Prague traces the history of what was once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe.
This deeply moving story is led by an expert guide who specialises in the Jewish Quarter, to ensure participants gain a proper understanding of the subject.
Admission to, and a guided tour of all the monuments in the Jewish Museum is included in the trip. And the guide is certified to guide in the Jewish Museum.
As the story is of a sensitive nature, we only run this tour in small groups.
The Jewish Quarter Tour embraces the history, traditions and legends of the Jewish people in Prague, from their early settlements in the 10th century, through their enforced isolation, the poverty of the pogrom refugees, and the horrors of the 20th century.
Importantly, we find out about the every day life of the Jewish people through the ages: how they lived, worked and survived in the Jewish Quarter, of their successes and of their failures.
The story vividly unfolds as we explore the synagogues, the 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 Prague. With so much of its history contained within the monuments of the Jewish Museum, a walking tour led by a professional guide is the only way to gain an understanding of its significance. 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 here.
-Jewish communities in Prague from the earliest records of 965, right through Medieval times and on 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 Jews over the centuries, and the tragedy of the Holocaust.
- Remnants of a community; Prague's Jewish people today.
- Central Europe's largest collection of Jewish ceremonial art (Judaica), including silver, glass, textiles, manuscripts and other rare and precious objects.
Prague Experience walking tours are in English and are led by professional licensed tourist guides.------------------------------------------
Note: Entrance to the Old-New Synagogue is not included because it is not part of the Jewish Museum, and so requires a separate ticket (adults 200 CZK/students 140 CZK).
We do visit the outside of the Old-New Synagogue, in order for the guide to explain its history. For most visitors, this is enough. But if you wish to go inside, tell the guide on the day and they will happily arrange the ticket for you, then either include it in the tour or you can visit it afterwards.------------------------------------------
Note: During World War II, Jews were deported from the Jewish Quarter to Terezín (Theresienstadt), a concentration camp and ghetto 60km from Prague. Therefore to continue the story of Jewish people in the 20th century, in addition to the Jewish Quarter Tour you may also wish to take the Terezín Concentration Camp Tour, which is led by the same expert guides.