Stories Of Jewish Prague - 3 Hour Small Group Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    01:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Maiselova 38, Josefov, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia
  • Return Details :
    Prague, Czechia
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This 3-hour walking tour of the Jewish quarter in Prague focuses on the collection of buildings, exhibitions and sites that make up the Jewish Museum: the five remaining synagogues, the Old jewish cemetery and Jewish town hall. Begin your tour at the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe.

Highlights

Step back in time on a history tour

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Small group ensures personal service

Choice of morning or afternoon departure

Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

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Start your 3-hour walking tour at the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe, which was built around 1270 and is also among the oldest Gothic structures in Prague. Prohibited from practicing masonry, the Jews hired Christians to build the synagogue. Learn about Jewish religious and social customs during the medieval period.

Also visit the Renaissance-era Town Hall built by Mordechai Maisel and envision the golden age of Pragues Jewish community. Maisel, the mayor of the Jewish quarter who became Rudolf IIs Minister of Finance, used his fortune to pave the ghettos streets, support Jewish organizations and provide charity for the needy. At the same time, Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1525-1609) became legendary in Europe for his prolific theological and philosophical writings. Rabbi Loew is celebrated in Prague folklore as the creator of Golem, a monstrous living being made from clay from the banks of the Vltava River. According to one version of the story, Golem was created to defend the Jews from anti-Semitic attacks.

As you continue to move through one of the largest collections of Judaica in the world, the paradoxes of the Jewish experience in Prague become manifest. In 1745, the entire Jewish population was expelled by Austrian Empress Maria Theresa. Yet, only a few years later, facing a financial recession, Pragues residents demanded their return. In 1782, Maria Theresas son, Josef II, issued the Edict of Toleration, granting the Jews religious freedom, eliminating professional restrictions, and allowing Jewish children to attend schools and universities. A grateful community renamed the ghetto district Josefov, as it is still known today.

The increasing liberalism and toleration set in motion by Josef II were swamped by the genocidal nationalism of Nazi Germany. Pragues Jewish community, at the moment of its greatest assimilation, was decimated by the Holocaust. Learn about the political, economic and ethnic tensions that led to Hitlers invasion of Czechoslovakia and discuss the implementation of the Nazis Final Solution in Prague. Also hear about the Jewish experience during the communist years and look at the fragile revival of Pragues Jewish community taking place today.

Inclusions

Historian guide

Exclusions

Food and drinks, unless specified

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entrance fees to Jewish Museum and Old-New Synagogue (530 CZK/adults; 370 CSK/students)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Choice of morning and afternoon departure; please advise at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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  • 15-Jun-2022

    This was a truly special and memorable into the unique and fascinating history of the Jewish population. of Prague. Presented by a wonderful tour guide, born in Prague and a knowledgeable member of the city's Jewish community, it was a heartfelt relating of the experience of those Jews who called Prague home throughout the centuries. It was delivered with a firm, thoughtful, personal understanding of all that the people residing in the Jewish Quarter and environs have gone through over rehears. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour for anyone, regardless of their ethnic background, to take advantage of.

  • 03-Aug-2021

    Great tour with a great guide and lots of stories about the Jewish history of Prague. Highly recommended tour.

  • 08-Sep-2020

    As a local, I've walked through Prague's Jewish quarter endless times, but other than the Golem legend I never really knew much about its history. During this tour, I had the opportunity to visit some of the most important Jewish attractions in the city, starting with the Old-New Synagogue (still active today!) and ending at the Jewish Cemetery. Our guide Nina was very knowledgable and explained everything about Prague's Jewish heritage, from the Jews arrival to Prague to their presence in the modern days. Even in the museum spaces, she always gave us insight into each exhibit, so we were never left wondering what was the meaning of a certain object. I left wanting to know more about this community with books and movie recommendations that Nina mentioned along the tour. The ticket to the Jewish quarter also gives you access to the Spanish Synagogue, but unfortunately, it was closed for renovations during our visit. I would definitely recommend this tour if you want an inside view of Prague's Jewish history!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Martina was among the best Guides we have ever used in Europe.
    She was personable,intelligent, informed, professional, and very aware of our needs, and interests.
    Could not possibly have had a better experience!

  • 10-Jun-2019

    I thought I sent this in, but if I didn't, I didn't want to miss the opportunity. Martina was among the best guides we have ever had in Europe. Bright, articulate, informative, kind, respectful, and a pleasure to be with. Every quality you want in a guide. Hope we expressed ourselves clearly.

  • 06-Jun-2019

    Martina was among the best Guides we have ever used in Europe. She was personable,intelligent, informed, professional, and very aware of our needs, and interests. Could not possibly have had a better experience!

  • 08-Jan-2019

    Martina was absolutely awesome!!She is knowledgeable, interesting, fluent, and has a great sense of humor!My husband and I really enjoyed her tour of Jewish Prague this morning.

  • 08-Jan-2019

    Martina was absolutely awesome!!She is knowledgeable, interesting, fluent, and has a great sense of humor!My husband and I really enjoyed her tour of Jewish Prague this morning.

  • 09-Sep-2018

    Marlina was a fantastic tour guide. She was like a walking encyclopedia. I learned SO MUCH! My wife and I cannot say enough good stuff about Marlina. The tour itself is rich in fascinating Jewish history. I recommend this tour, especially if it possible to have Marlina as your guide. Dr. & Mrs. Kevin Passer Hattiesburg, Mississippi USA

  • 12-Jun-2018

    Tour was fantastic. The guide was amazing. We learned so much.
    It was the highlight of our trip.

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