|The Prague Jewish Quarter Tour traces the history of what was once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe.
This is a premium walking tour led by a certified guide of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Admission to all monuments in the Jewish Museum is included.
As the subject of the tour is of a sensitive nature, we only run the tour 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, and of their successes and their failures.
The story unfolds vividly as we explore the synagogues, historic buildings, Jewish Cemetery and streets of the Jewish Quarter (Josefov).
Where, for instance, does the famous “Golem” fit in to the story? Were people really buried ten deep, one on top of the other? And how, despite the terrible purges of the Nazi occupation, did the beautiful monuments in the Jewish Quarter survive?
On the tour we also discover a little of the life Franz Kafka, the famous author, who was born and raised in this ancient area of 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.
-Discover the largest collection of Jewish ceremonial art (Judaica) in Central Europe, including silver, glass, textiles, manuscripts, and other rare and precious objects.
The Jewish Quarter is an integral part of Prague. With so much history contained within the monuments of the Jewish Museum, a walking tour led by a guide who specialises in the Jewish Quarter is the only way to gain a true understanding of the subject. It's a fascinating story, if you let us tell it.
Prague Experience walking tours are led by professional, licensed tourist guides.
The tour is in English.
Bookings are for a minimum of 2 people.
Note: The Old-New Synagogue is not part of the Jewish Museum, so we visit the outside only, where the guide explains its history and significance. For most visitors this is sufficient, but if you do wish to see inside, the guide can easily organise it for you.
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 Tour.