PRAGUE JEWISH QUARTER TOUR
On the tour you will hear how in the early 18th century about 25 percent of the population in Prague was Jewish, but they were expelled (again) when Empress Maria Theresa took the throne, this was a trend dating back to the 16th century when time and time again they were expelled only to return to prosper once again. The cemetery is the oldest in Europe dating back to 1439, it is estimated about 200 000 Jewish people are buried in this small plot, with graves stacked up to twelve tombs on top of each other, one of those buried there is believed to be the creator (Rabbi Loew) of Golem, a huge artificial man made from clay, and the myth is that he (Golem) was brought to life from a Hebrew tablet placed in his mouth.
During the 2nd World War Hitler had a gruesome scheme to preserve only the Prague Jewish cemetery and Synagogues as part of a future museum to mark the planned extermination of the race, due to this evil plan you can now visit the only preserved Jewish (ghetto) in Europe, the Nazis destroyed all others. There are several Synagogues in the city, some have been damaged over the years by floods and fires, the main Synagogues are the Pinkas (attended by the famous writer Franz Kafka), the Maisel Synagogue, the Klausen and the High Synagogue next to the JewishTown Hall in the old quarter now known as Josefov.
The Prague Jewish Quarter Tour is a two and a half hour guided walk through the Jewish history of the city, the tour will take you for a leisurely walk through the Josefov (Joseph's Town) district of Prague to see one of the few Jewish town quarters to survive the terrible Holocaust, also as part of the tour you will visit the Museum and stroll through the Old Jewish Cemetery (admission to both included in the price). During the tour you will also see four of the six surviving synagogues, the Old-New Synagogue being the oldest synagogue in central Europe, it is estimated that about 5000 Jews now live in the Czech capital city and it is believed the first Jewish community was set up in the 11th century. To finish your trip you will be shown the house on the Old Town Square where Franz Kafka was born and where the Prague Jewish Quarter Tour ends. The tour comes in a choice of standard languages which are English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish and Czech, you should let us know which language you prefer when booking.
Minimum group size - 1 person
Start time and length of tour - Daily at 11.30am except Saturdays and during Jewish holidays, it is closed, it lasts 2.5 hours, including transportation.
Price per person - Adults 1090 CZK / 40.50 Euro, children up to 6 years old 800 CZK / 30 Euro, students up to 26 years old 990 CZK / 37 Euro.
Transfers and guide included - Yes, you will be picked up at your accommodation and the Prague Jewish Quarter Tour ends in the Old Town Square.
Prague Jewish Quarter Tour - Prague Tours Direct