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  • Location:Prague, Czech Republic
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, World War II and communism, Prague had a turbulent 20th century history. Learn about these events and the impact they had on the city and see historical landmarks and top Prague attractions on this historical walking tour in and around Old Town. Walk past buildings once occupied by Nazis, the KGB and SS; admire city squares like Wenceslas Square and the Square of the Republic; and visit the Old Jewish Cemetery in the historic Jewish quarter. Plus, hear interesting stories about these sites from a knowledgeable guide. With a maximum of just 20 people, this walking tour provides a small-group atmosphere.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Walking Tour of Prague’s WWII and Communist History

Prague's Square of the Republic

After meeting your group and guide in central Prague, head straight into a dark period of the city’s history as you start your walking tour on Bartolomejska Street, passing an old prison the secret police used for interrogation and torture.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was excellent. Mikel was passionate and knowledgeable about Czech 20th century history. Our 19 year old and we really enjoyed the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Martin, our guide, was fantastic. Knew lots of history. He took us into the public library of the city of Prague because I am a librarian and he thought I would be interested. I was! Very thoughtful, educated young man. Great Tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Our guide was incredibly knkowledgeable and brought along additional materials to help us understand the history. This tour was unexpectedly my favorite tour in Prague. Highly recommended if you have any interest in the communis or WWII eras.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Mike was a great guide who gave a lot perspective to the stories of what life was like under both Nazi and Communist rule. We did quite a lot of walking to many of the important sites and heard the major stories of Czech history under these regimes. I definitely want to learn more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Mike was first class, young, enthusiastic and knew masses of background information. Responded very well to all our areas of special interest. We enjoyed discussing many historical issues with him. Fabulous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, with a real enthusiasm for the subject which was very specialist. He brought the tour alive with old photos and articles on his tablet.

A walking tour such as this is a great way to see some of the hidden aspects of Prague, highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our layover flight was cancelled so we missed our originally scheduled small tour. For a small additional fee, they booked us a private tour and it was well worth it! We very much appreciated Max working to fit us in as we only had 2 full days in Prague. Michael was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable. The most interesting part for us was learning about Reinhard Heydrich's assassination right in Prague. We LOVED Prague

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The guide was excellent. He had a real enthusiasm for the subject which is specialist. He complemented the tour with old photos on his tablet which really brought the trip,alive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Again, we were fortunate to be a group of two with another personalised tour. Our guide was very experienced and knowledgeable. We walked and talked for hours about Prague from WW2 to today through both the NAZI and COMMUNIST Era. We learnt and discovered so much about the history of this town. I would certainly recommend this tour. It is a must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Excellent tour! Guide personable and extremely knowledgeable. The walk around Prague and hearing the history of World War II and invasion of Nazi and communist regimes was so interesting and should be remembered. Excellent tour!

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