Jewish Quarter & Museum Private Walking Tour
In this three-hour walking tour, you will explore the long and fascinating history of Jewish people in Prague, dating from the tenth century, through the atrocities of World War II, up to the present day. Located in the heart of Prague’s Old Town, the Jewish Ghetto is a truly eye-opening journey into the heart of medieval European history.
- Explore Prague's Jewish Quarter, Josefov
- Visit the Gothic Old-New Synagogue
- Pay your respects at the Old Jewish Cemetery
- Learn about the Jewish experience within Prague at the Jewish Museum
Your tour will include visits into the numerous synagogues open to the public, including Europe’s oldest working Jewish Temple- the Old-New Synagogue. Completed around 1270, the Old-New Synagogue is one of Prague’s earliest Gothic buildings and one of its most beautiful. You have to step down into it because it predates the raising of Staré Město’s street level in the medieval period, in order to guard against floods.
Fueling Prague’s Unique Cultural Scene
You will also pay a visit to the Old Jewish Cemetery, which dates from the 15th century and offers a unique opportunity to gain a greater insight into the customs and burial rituals of medieval times. You will learn that as many as 100,000 bodies are buried in the cemetery, despite there only being 12,000 visible tombstones!
Throughout your tour, you will gain a greater appreciation of the struggles the Jewish community has faced in central Europe and will understand how in the 19th century, Jewish hardship would eventually become woven into the intellectual movement of Prague. It is no surprise that authors native to Prague, including Franz Kafka, would become inspired by prevailing themes of suffering and hardship. Hopefully, by the end of this tour, you will feel better acquainted with the rich and complex history of the Jewish community in Europe, as well as with the fascinating forces behind Prague’s exciting cultural scene.