A walking tour of the fascinating Jewish Quarter, encompassing all sites of the Jewish Museum, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Old New Synagogue accompanied by your guide’s discussion of Prague’s millennium of Jewish history. Jewish presence has been recorded in Prague since in the 10th century. During these one thousand or so years, Jews have been living, working, enjoying their life as well as suffering in this beautiful city. Many „pogroms“ – genocide’s have decimated their ranks, the worst having come during the Nazi occupation of Prague, 1939 – 1945. From the approximately 90,000 Jews living here at the time, some 80,000 were killed by being sent to concentration camps such as Terezin and on to Auschwitz or simply by being worked to death. Josefov, the part of town which was traditionally Jewish, is a suburb by the river named after emperor Josef II and still called Josefov – „Jewish Town“, or Jewish Quarter. Your tour includes a visit to the oldest synagogue in Europe (1270), the Old New Synagogue, the Jewish Museum which includes the Klaus and Maisl Synagogues, the Pinkas Synagogue with the approximately 80,000 names of the victims of the holocaust inscribed on the wall, the Old Jewish Cemetery and more. The museum includes many precious Jewish artifacts collected over generations. During the former Communist regime, the Jewish presence in Prague was largely ignored. After the „Velvet Revolution“ in 1989, many Jews have returned and keep on coming. The Jewish Heritage centers have been rebuilt, refurbished and reopened to the public largely due to funds generated all over the world, especially the USA, Canada and Israel. All Jewish sights are closed on Saturday (except Terezin which honors all victims and therefore does not observe the Jewish Sabbath. However the crematorium there is closed on Saturdays. We recommend visiting the Terezin Memorial in the afternoon to complement this tour of the Jewish Quarter.
The tour costs 660 CZK or 25 € per Person including Jewish Museum und cemetery and lasts for about 3 hours.
The entrance fee for The Old New Synagogue is extra on request for 200 CZK, or 8 € per person. Group size is maximum 10 Persons.