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Take a humbling lesson in the horrors of World War II's Holocaust on this day trip to Terezin from Prague by rail. Traveling with a professional guide, you'll follow part of a rail line used to transport Jewish prisoners to the former Nazi deportation camp, a converted 18th-century fortress where many thousands died at the hands of the Nazis. Tour the barracks and compound of the Main Fortress; visit the museum, cemetery and columbarium; and learn how the Nazis presented the camp as a lively Jewish community to dupe official Red Cross observers.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Terezin concentration camp by rail from Prague, with a guide
  • Tour the Main Fortress camp, where thousands of Jewish people were held during WWII
  • Explore the museum and see the former barracks, cells and SS offices
  • Visit the poignant Jewish cemetery, crematorium and columbarium
  • Learn how the Nazis presented Terezin as a thriving community to WWII Red Cross monitors
  • Stop at Bohušovice rail station from where many Jews were taken on to Terezin

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What You Can Expect

Terezin Concentration Camp Day Trip from Prague

Take a humbling tour of Terezin on a train trip from Prague

Meet your guide in central Prague to Bohušovice nad Ohří, just north of the city. On route, hear how Terezin started life in the 18th century as an Austrian fortress before being converted by the Nazis during WWII into a Jewish deportation camp.

Hear how parts of the line your train is following marks the route of Jewish prisoners to the camp, and after around an hour, arrive at Bohušovice station. Pause here to see the old sidings from where many Jewish people were transported onward, and then drive to Terezin’s Main Fortress. 

Enter through the gate inscribed with the Nazi message arbeit macht frei or ‘work sets you free,’ and tour the buildings as an expert guide charts the atrocities that took place here.

View the barracks, crematorium, columbarium and SS camp headquarters, as well as other sites. As you look around, hear how the Nazis used Terezin as a show camp to dupe Red Cross observers into believing all was well, parading it has having everything from fake leisure facilities and shops to a theater. 

Behind the facade, while Terezin did not preside over gas chambers or mass exterminations, the camp caused the deaths of many thousands of prisoners. Visit the poignant museum to trace the stories of some of the prisoners, view some of the drawings made by the children held here, and watch a Nazi propaganda film about the camp.

While the facts of what happened here are shocking and distressing, your guide will explain everything in a sensitive and considered way. After your visit, return to Bohušovice and ride the train or bus back to Prague. Your trip concludes at the railway station.

Customer Reviews

Howard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Terezin tour was well organized and a very good value. We understand that this tour formerly traveled by train to Terezin but now they use a bus. In our opinion this change did not detract from the sobering experience of visiting this concentration camp. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We highly recommend this tour.

Louise A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was by far the best side trip that I took while visiting Prague. The guide was incredibly interesting and fully of knowledge of both the history and the area. Even though this was a very emotionally taxing trip, the guide made it worth the visit.

ANTOINE S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A sad place to visit, but definitely worth going to. Brian, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the intriguing history of this camp and made our tour a memorable one.

Barry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide, Sarah, was so great. She was very informative and gave lots of interesting stories about some people who lived in Terezin. It was a day well spent, and I learned a lot about life within Terezin. I highly recommend this tour!

ira.pierce

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Everything was done well! We will not forget this amazing tour.

jenn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide for this tour was Filip. He was very friendly and passionate about the history of Terezin. We travelled by coach, pass through the countryside to Terezin where the tour starts. It was an emotional, thorough and detailed tour as Filip retraces history to give us an unforgettable visit. Wonderful tour with an amazing guide, definitely worth it.

Ayperi Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Although it was a bit tiring with such a short lunch break, overall it was quite satisfactory. our guide was amaizing with so much knowledge and history to explain. Thank you for arranging the tour.

Edson P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Amazing tour guided by Sarah. The tour gives you lots of details about the history of the place and the people who were in prision there during the WW II. The visit to Terezin is something I will not forget, and it was probably the best tour I have done during my trip in Prague.

Mike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

There was no train only the coach. Very disappointed. Our guide Sarah was excellent, also her knowledge.

Tim L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Amazing place, truly stunning, moving and emotional. The tour was made better by Filip, the guide. A truly remarkable young man who is very passionate about his country and its history. Undoubtedly the best tour guide we have ever met. He made us feel as though we were part of the history absolutely phenomenal guide giving a spectacular, unforgettable day. Thank you Filip

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