• Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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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 bus. Traveling with a professional guide, discover the former Nazi deportation camp where Jewish prisoners used to be transported, 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 bus 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

What You Can Expect

Terezin Concentration Camp Bus 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.

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

Lorna R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Brilliant trip. Very moving at times but well worth the visit. Our guide, Terry, was very knowledgeable and enthusiatic which added greatly to the experience. While we often wander off and do things on our own, we were happy to keep with her and listen to the stories and details she provided. Well worth signing up for if you are visiting the area.

Matthew J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

All we can say is the tour is very well worth the time and money! Our guide for the day, Terry, was one of the most knowledgeable tour guides weve had. And very personable and passionate about what she is talking about. We did not take many pictures as we did not want to take away from the actual visit and the information being given. A few hints...pack a small but light lunch/snacks and water, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Not too many places to get something as you are constantly moving throughout the Terezín area.

Carrie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A hard but very worthwhile and meaningful experience.

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It would be difficult to say enough about both this tour and especially our guide, Jeremy. The tour is run through Sandemans red umbrella people and was well-organized and efficient.

Terezin is an important and somber place, but it is important to understand what it is and isn't before going. Both a prison and a concentration camp, it is not a death camp as some might expect. There are no gas chambers here. That said, some 90,000 Jews including some of the most important Jewish artists, authors, musicians, doctors and scientists of their day made their way through this camp on the way to their deaths in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. An additional 35,000 people met their end in the camp itself, succumbing to disease, exposure, mistreatment, torture, or outright murder at the hands of the Nazis.

Despite those staggering numbers, Terezin was a relatively small camp where the conditions were relatively decent. Which really drove home exactly how massive and how systematic the Holocaust was. The murder of 125,000 men, women and children was a mere drop in the bucket, and Terezin was a very small cog in a very big machine. Our guide, Jeremy, did an admirable job of painting the picture of life in the camp as well as its overall role in the context of the Holocaust more broadly. He was both compelling and knowledgeable, and he was able to answer questions while keeping the tour focused and on-schedule without ever seeming frustrated or annoyed.

The pace was brisk but not unmanageable, and it was necessary to see everything in the time allotted. Overall, this was one of the best tours we have taken through Viator, and we will actively look for Sandemans tours in the future. If you have the opportunity to take one of their tours, do it. If you have the opportunity to take one with Jeremy, consider yourself lucky and enjoy the tour!

EUGENIA I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was a very informative and amazing trip. It brought up all the bruttality and inhumanity of the human race against each other which learned as a great deal. Valued the elements of peace and respect for each other. Special thanks to Lyle, our guide who really made this trip worth visited.

Debs271265

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fabulous tour if fabulous is the right word very emotive and I learnt a lot. The guide, Brian Stewart, was fantastic. Very informative and friendly. He made the whole trip even more interesting. If you were to have him as your guide you would be very lucky. An informative and complex tour that gives an opportunity to learn some interesting facts about the way the Nazi's began to put into place their plans. Sometimes distressing but, putting it simply, this is something that everyone should do if they go to Prague.
One note - the trip is a fairly long day with a fair amount of walking so good shoes are a must and in the winter take clothes to layer you are able to leave things on the bus - so take extra.

Connie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was an excellent day trip to take. My tour guide was Sarah and she was excellent and knowledgeable about Terezin. She even gave us updates on some of the survivors still living and their stories. Terezin is huge but she covered it all with the respect and professionalism that the subject matter deserves. The highlight for me was the beautiful hidden in the back yard synagogue. Can't say enough about this tour. Highly recommend and is a must see for those wishing to learn more about this unfortunate time period of history.

GLORIA A V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

TOMAMOS EL TOUR EN ESPAÑOL Y NUESTRA GUIA SARA ESTABA MUY BIEN DOCUMENTADA CON LA HISTORIA DE TEREZIN. LO RECOMIENDO PARA QUIENES AMEN LA HISTORIA Y NO QUIERAN OLVIDAR QUE EXISTIO EL HOLOCAUSTO.

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent tour! Kristyna the guide was excellent! The price was very good for 7 hours. Takes about 45 minutes by bus to get there. I'm not sure how you would appreciate terazin w/out a guide.the exhibits are in english but they are limited to a few buildings. The grounds have no displays.

diane s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Brian Stewart was our guide. His information was fantastic. Had read up on the camp, but his information brought home,the horror of the time

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