Stories of Jewish Prague tour with a historian guide
Walking tours

Stories of Jewish Prague tour with a historian guide

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 3 hours
Do this because
  • Enjoy the ancient atmosphere and fascinating details of the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe
  • Learn about Ghetto life during the Middle Ages
  • Discover the Renaissance-era Jewish Town Hall and envision the golden age of Prague’s Jewish community
  • Exploring Prague’s Baroque synagogues, learn about Austrian expulsion of the Jews and their gradual emancipation of the ghetto
What to expect

Explore the streets of Prague's Jewish ghetto and learn about the rocky history of its inhabitants on this 3-hour walking tour. It will start at the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe, the Old-New Synagogue. It was built around 1270 and has been at the center of Prague's Jewish community since then, from their golden age in medieval times through the oppression of WWII and the Cold War.

Your tour will move on to the Town Hall. This Renaissance structure was built by the mayor of the quarter, Mordechai Maisel, who used his financial influence to improve the area's roads, sustain local groups, and support the poor. It was during this same period that Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1525-1609) and his writings were becoming famous across Europe. In local folklore, this same Rabbi is said to have created a Golem, a monster made from the clay of the banks of the Vltava River, in order to defend the Jews.

The tour will continue to one of the largest collections of Jewish ceremonial art in the world where you'll witness the ups and downs of Prague's Jewish residents. In 1745 they were all expelled by Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, only to be brought back to help affront a financial recession. Decades later the Jewish citizens were granted religious freedom and restrictive laws regarding work and school were removed. The positive atmosphere crumbled again with the arrival of Nazi Germany's deadly nationalism and the near annihilation of the Jewish ghetto's citizens. Your tour will focus on these sad events, the Communist period which followed, but also on the slowly blossoming Jewish revival of today.

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What's included
  • Historian tour guide
What's not included
  • Jewish Museum tickets
Where

Maiselova 38/15, Josefov 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Meeting point:

Meet your guide at the Jewish Museum Information Center

What to remember
  • This is a small-group tour: min. 2, max. 12 participants
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When
  • Monday and Friday at 10.00am
  • Wednesday and Sunday at 2.00pm
  • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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Provider
Insight Cities
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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