Swap Prague’s medieval history for its 20th-century past on this 3.5-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, explore the places where many of the momentous events of World War II and Prague’s period under communist rule occurred. Visit Wenceslas Square, scene of the 1968 Prague Spring and 1989 Velvet Revolution; see the former headquarters of the Nazis, Communist Party and KGB, and view Republic Square and other sites as your guide recounts the people and events that shaped today’s city. Numbers are limited to 15 for a more personalized experience.
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 15 people ensures a more personalized experience with your guide
Meet your guide in central Prague and after an introduction to the city’s 20th-century history, set off on your 3.5-hour small-group walking tour. Start along Bartolomejska Street, home to a former WWII prison once used by secret police to torture prisoners. Hear about this dark chapter in Prague’s history, and continue to National Avenue, a grand thoroughfare that divides the Old and New Towns. Stroll along the avenue as your guide describes the student protests staged here against the occupying Nazis in 1939, and then against Soviet rule in 1989. Continue to Wenceslas Square, one of Prague’s most famous squares, and the historical focal point of the Czech people’s struggle against foreign occupation. Pause to imagine the square as it was in 1968 and early 1969, when Soviet tanks rolled in to crush the Prague Spring — a period of Czech liberalization that would ultimately presage the revolution of 1989. Then, visit Republic Square, named after the 1918 proclamation of an independent Czechoslovakia. Hear about the square during WWII and how the Czech resistance established secret broadcast stations that ultimately led to the 1945 Prague Uprising. Learn how these struggles ended, ironically, when the square became home to the Communist Party three years later. Wander into the Old Town and see other important sites, including the balcony from where the communist leader Klement Gottwald declared the takeover of the Czech government in 1948. See where Albert Einstein lived during his work at Prague’s Charles University, and hear how his theories led to the invention of the atom bomb. Then, view the Old Jewish Cemetery and other landmarks, including the former headquarters of the Nazi SS and communist-era KGB. Cap your tour at Letna Park on the Vltava River. Stroll along the riverside and hear about the world’s largest statue of Stalin, built here in 1955 and then destroyed in 1962. Your tour then ends in central Prague.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Mar 2018
Our tour guide Jan was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, but my reaction was that the tour order could have benefited from being a bit more chronological, than issue by issue as we went in a pre-planned circle of the inner ring of Old Town. There was more of an emphasis on the period immediately prior to the velvet revolution and not as much about the WWII resolution that lead to communist rule, and life under communism.
A very sweet guide, who was very passionate about her home country, gave us a wonderful tour of Prague as is was during the Communist era. A bit too much time was given to the museum. It would have been better to add that to the end of the tour as something we could do on our own.
I was privileged to have a great guide Martina who had lived through the Communist period. Her insights made the tour an unforgettable experience. It was so good to have this personal attention compared with the large groups that swarmed around.
Unfortunately when we turned up we were advised that the tour had been changed to communist history only! However as there were just the 2 of us John honza our tour guide was quite happy to adjust the tour on the day to meet our particular requests for ww2 history and the velvet revolution! His knowledge as a philosophy student was excellent and the pace for us retired folk was just right! many thanks john for an excellent tour...well done
Very disappointing as our guide Peter had us standing in one spot for 1hour and 15 mins before we had even started the walking tour on quite a hot day. He talked more about him and his family and how they hated the Russians and showed us were he had demonstrated when he was younger with his parents. I would have expected a guide to be impartial on his views about history, therefore we were very disappointed in this tour and having used Viator in the past we would have to consider very carefully using Viator in the future to book tours.
An excellent tour for those wanting to learn about the 20th century history of the area. Our guide Yonas was great! He was friendly, knowledgeable, patient, courteous and helpful. We learned a lot from him.
An excellent comfortable walking tour led by a very knowledgeable guide who was present during the Velvet Resolution. A great history refresher. The guide has very good insight into issues then as well as today. I highly recommend this as one of your initial tours as it also helps orient you to the city as well.
This guide was full of zest and proud of his country's heritage. He actually tailored the walk to suit our request to focus more on the life during the Cold War era, through the Nazi era, post-Cold War till the fall of Communism. Very rich knowledge and fruitful sharing.