- Historical walking tour of Prague’s Nazi and communist sites
- Great tour for history buffs!
- Walk through Old Town and to the old Jewish quarter
- See former headquarter buildings of the Gestapo, KGB and SS
- Learn about the protests that took place on National Avenue
- Visit Wenceslas Square and the Square of the Republic
- Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a more personalized experience with your guide
What You Can Expect
Continue to National Avenue (Národní), which acts as a border between Old Town and New Town. Hear from your guide about the students protests that took place here against the Nazi occupation in 1939, and then the communist regime 50 years later. Then head to Wenceslas Square, one of the city’s main squares and the historic center of the country’s fight against communism. Picture the square as it was during the 1968 ‘Prague Spring,’ covered with tanks and debris as the forces of the Warsaw Pact invaded the country.
Next, head to the Square of the Republic (Námestí Republiky), named for the independence of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and, ironically, the location of the Prague headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. As you walk around the square, listen to your guide tell you a bit about what went on in the city during World War II and communism. Learn how during the Nazi occupation, secret broadcast stations were set up by the Czech resistance, culminating in the 1945 Prague Uprising. And then how just three years later, the country entered communist rule.
Walk through Old Town, stopping to look up at a balcony from which the leader of the communist party announced his plan to take over the country. Next door, see the house where Albert Einstein spent time in the early 1900s during his work with the University of Prague – work that contributed to the physicist’s ideas that eventually led to the invention of the atom bomb.
Then pass through the Old Jewish Cemetery, which dates back to the 15th century, before continuing your tour to the former KGB and SS (Nazi Protection Squadron) headquarters. End your tour on the waterfront, admiring the Vltava River and listening to your guide's final tale about the world's largest Stalin statue and its demise.
We were the only people on this tour and were very impressed with our young guide's knowledge of both WW11 and the Communist history. His family had lived in Prague during both eras so he had personal stories to share as well as facts.
This was a remarkable experience led by a very knowledgeable and experienced person. We visited sites and learned about historical, political, architectural and cultural events that brought the story of Prague and its people (artists, sculptors, composers, monarchs, saints, politicians, educators, and working people) to life as a whole. It was extraordinary!