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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

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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

Cassandra J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was amazing. At the beginning, the guide Kristyna painted a picture for us of the situation in Europe prior to WW2 and throughout the day led us through history until the end of the war. She was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the camp and the lives of the people who were detained there. She has a pleasant speaking voice and the information and stories she gave was just the right amount and easy to follow. The tour was well-paced and very interesting. Terezin both the small camp and the larger one- you will see both gives you a real sense of what life was like there and the tragedies and humiliations that the people who lived there had to endure. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour guide and a good way to see such an important place.

Allan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was expertly handled both from a sensitivity point of view as well as logistics. We always look to Viator for special trips.

Note to Viator: The tour was advertised as Prague to Terezin by train. This was by bus. Previously had seen the same comment. Suggest if train is difficult to arrange only advertise the bus.

molly.nicole90

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

While this is never a happy subject for a day tour, it was definitely a day I will remember forever. Please just be respectful of what this town and camp means in history, some people can be very inconsiderate without realizing it.

My tour guide was very knowledgeable and it is overwhelming to imagine the true human horrors that occurred there, but as a history buff myself, it was such an experience to see it all first hand. I wish I had all of my pictures available as there are some truly humbling feelings you get at this place.

I would recommend this trip to anyone who can really appreciate history and the human ability to overcome, even in the darkest of times. The short movie that you watch really makes you feel the history of the location and gives you a first hand view of truth and lies during that time.

chayaleraichik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing, amazing tour!!!! Loved every second of it! We had a wonderful guide names Karel. It was a little exausting because its a full day so just bring along food, good shoes and you should be fine. They sold water on the bus. I highly reccomend this!

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.

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