Small-Group Walking Tour In Prague: Stories Of Jewish Prague

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Departs at 10am and 2pm (please advise at time of booking)
  • Departure Details :
    Maiselova 38/15, Josefov, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia,
  • Return Details :
    Prague, Czechia
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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

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