The Jewish Quarter Walking Tour traces the history of what was once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe.
This moving story embraces the traditions, customs 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 (Josefov) in Prague, and of their successes.
Admission to, and a guided tour of all the monuments forming the Jewish Museum in Prague is included in the trip.
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 twelve 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?
As we tour the Jewish Quarter we'll also discover a little of the life of the former residents, for example of Franz Kafka, the famous author born and raised here.
The Jewish Quarter forms an integral part of the history of Prague. It's a fascinating story, if you let us tell it.
- Jewish communities in Prague from the earliest records of 965.
- 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 community today.
Prague Experience walking tours are in English and are led by professional, licensed tourist guides.
A tour in other languages can be arranged for groups of 10 or more people. If required, please specify on the booking form.
The Jewish Quarter Walking Tour must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.