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Explore Prague’s Jewish history with a local historian on a 3-hour walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. Visit the city’s five remaining synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Jewish Town Hall, while learning about Prague’s deep Jewish history, the tragedies of the Holocaust, and the modern-day revival of Jewish life in the city.

Highlights

  • 3-hour walking tour of Jewish Prague
  • Explore medieval, wartime, and modern Jewish experiences
  • Visit the city with a local historian
  • See the city's five synagogues
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Walking Tour in Prague: Stories of Jewish Prague

Stories of Jewish Prague

Make your way to the Old-New Synagogue, the longest functioning synagogue in Europe, then set out on a specially-designed route through the Jewish Quarter. Start with the deepest roots of the Prague Jewish community, when local Jews hired Christians to build the synagogue in the late 13th century, and learn about Jewish religious and social customs during the medieval period.

Continue to the Renaissance Town Hall that Mordechai Maisel built during the ‘golden age’ of Prague’s Jewish community. Find out how Maisel, then the mayor of the Jewish Quarter, used his own money to pave the neighborhood streets and provide charity.

Hear stories about the intellectuals of the period, including writer and theologian Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel. Follow local Jews through the tumultuous years when Empress Maria Theresa expelled the entire community, then her son's reversal of the order with the ‘Edict of Toleration.’

Learn about life in the Jewish Quarter as Nazi Germany decimated Prague’s Jews, and the local politics and ethnic tensions that preceded Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. Finally, learn about the Jewish experience during the Communist era, and finish the tour with a discussion of Prague’s Jewish community today.

Customer Reviews

Sandra/Sandy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Bonita was exceptionally well informed and offered an abundance of historical and relevant to today information. She was personable and engaging and one of the better guides we have toured with. My husband and I both highly would recommend her and this tour to anyone interested in detailed and thorough information about Jewish Prague.

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Bonita did a fine job of conveying the historical, political, and human sides of the story of the Prague Jewish experience. My wife and I were the only two persons on this tour so we benefitted from the personal attention. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone interested in this aspect of our history.

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