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Stories of Prague’s Jewish Neighbourhood

Discover the Beautiful Jewish Quarter in a Small Group or Privately

Quick Details

Small-Group Tour per person
59
Private Tour from per person
65

Not an Ordinary Prague Neighbourhood!

Prague is the only European city whose Jewish heritage was kept intact during World War II. That’s why we have a whole number of very well-preserved sites and monuments that make the Jewish Town of Prague truly unique. Come explore with us this exceptionally picturesque district, the beautiful Fifth Quarter of Prague! We’ll explain the entrancing history behind the Jewish community and share touching stories about their most inspiring representatives.

Highlights:

  • History: Visit the oldest still-active synagogue in the world and learn about the legendary being that rests in its attic
  • Must-see: Admire the Spanish Synagogue, the most beautiful and unusual site in Prague’s Jewish Town
  • Unique landmarks: Stroll around the oldest Jewish cemetery that inspired the Italian writer Umberto Eco in writing his novel “Prague Cemetery”
  • Legacy: Hear touching stories of inspiring Jewish characters in the Pinkas Synagogue dedicated to all the Czech victims of the holocaust
  • Unusual sights: Witness the extensive collection of beautiful and ornate objects related to the Jewish culture in the Maisel Synagogue
  • Live the past: Immerse yourselves into the life and traditions of Jews who were confined to the former Prague ghetto for more than 300 years
  • Refreshing break: Let the emotions settle in with a cup of high-quality coffee at a brand-new café within the Quarter
  • Small group: Tour the Jewish Quarter in the friendly and intimate atmosphere of a small-sized group with a local guide

Explore the Most Visited Museum in the Country

The first Jews arrived in Prague already back in the 10th century and the development of the Jewish community played an essential role in the evolution of the city as a whole. Their lives and hardships are forever part of our history as a nation.

On this tour we’ll take you to four different synagogues, each of them very original in style, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the oldest one in the world! With the exception of the Old-New Synagogue, all the sites are part of Prague’s Jewish Museum, the most visited museum in the Czech Republic.

Find Yourself on the Streets of the Old Jewish Town 

Besides housing thousands of precious items of Jewish origin, the Maisel Synagogue is also home to Langweil’s Model of Prague, an absolutely uncommon exhibit that will take you back in time and right into the streets of the Jewish Quarter before its complete reconstruction.

The Spanish Synagogue might be the youngest one in Prague but its original interior is truly unequaled in beauty and style. Somewhat more modest in appearance, the Pinkas Synagogue hosts a touching memorial to the Jewish lives lost during the holocaust.

Built in the 15th century, the Jewish Cemetery of Prague is the oldest and best-preserved in the world. What makes it even more special is the fact that it’s 2.5 meters higher than the surrounding streets. Why? Because there are at least 10 layers of dead buried under the surface! In addition, the tombstones are covered with Jewish symbolism – can you guess what it stands for?

And finally, the Old-New Synagogue is not only impressively old and well-preserved, but also shrouded in myth and mystery. Did you know that Golem, the legendary being in Jewish folklore, was allegedly put to rest right in its attic? Maybe he’s still around…

Hear the Family History of Madeleine Albright and Other Touching Stories

Yes, there’ll be lots of drama on the tour as well! Have your napkin ready as these stories will bring you to tears. For centuries the Jewish community was draped in prejudice and envy resulting in the tragic events of the holocaust. And yet, some of the most distinguished, educated and inspiring people have been members of this historically slighted community.

Let’s hear the touching and surprisingly intertwined stories of its famous representatives, including the American diplomat Madeleine Albright, the Austrian artist Friedl Brandeis, or the British humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton, who has on his account the rescue of almost 700 Jewish children from the former Czechoslovakia.

Behind the sad history of Jews in Europe lies the undeniable string of hope and legacy for the future that makes these stories worth reliving. The so-called “Stumbling Stones” of Prague, that we’ll also observe on this tour, are a living monument to the Jewish community and the reminder that as long as we remember these people, they’ll keep on living in our hearts.

Private Tour – A Personalized Experience

Would you like to explore the Jewish Quarter within a family circle or a group of friends? Are you interested in any specific aspect of the Jewish culture? Book a private tour and enjoy all the exclusive advantages of having the guide just for yourself! You can start the tour at whatever time you wish, our guide will pick you up directly at your hotel/apartment.

What happens after the tour is up to you! Would you like to finish at the nearest metro/tram station? Or perhaps within the Quarter to continue exploring on your own? Or in a nearby restaurant for a delicious lunch? Just let us know and we’ll make it happen.

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What Else You Should Know

If you love culture, history and exploring interesting places along with new friends, this Prague Jewish Quarter tour is for you!

  • Our tours run rain or shine

In case of rain, please dress accordingly and bring an umbrella or a raincoat with you. In winter, temperatures can get quite low, be aware of that and put an extra sweater into your backpack. But remember – it’s your vacation, so if you are cold during the tour, just say so to your guide. There’s always a cafe nearby where you can warm up and then go on with the tour.

  • Put on your walking shoes and proper clothing

Prague’s Old Town is full of cobbled streets – please wear a decent pair of shoes. Walking involved in the tour may vary, but it is definitely not a marathon. Still, please let us know in advance if you do have any mobility issues. We can always adjust the itinerary so that less walking is involved.

Also kindly note that the Jewish Quarter consists of religious sites. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing that covers your knees and shoulders. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring a kippah with you, you can borrow one in the Synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery free of charge.

Fascinating!! Andy M

This was such a fascinating experience, that left me wanting to know more and to read more on the subject. Nikola was a master at story telling and engaged us all even though we were a very diverse group from different countries and spanning old and young alike. The stories come within an emotional context which Nikola told with empathy and undestanding. Thanks to Prague City Adventures!!

– TripAdvisor, May 2022
Martin
A Must-Do Tour in Prague PHLUA

This was an amazing experience in the Jewish Quarter with Nikola and Prague City Adventures. The sites we visited on the tour were absolutely incredible, and Nikola really brought the history and culture to life with telling stories and providing valuable context. It was a moving and emotional experience, and truly memorable.

– TripAdvisor, May 2022
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Amazing Petr G

We absolutely loved our tour around the Jewish Town in Prague with Prague City Adventures. Time literally stopped for us during the tour and we traveled back to the Medieval times. In the Synagogues, we heard the stories of extraordinary people, learned about their traditions and thanks to the fantastic Museum exhibition we even looked into their houses. Our guide walked us through the Jewish Cemetery full of symbols and messages. We were saddened by the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue commemorating all the people murdered during the Holocaust. And the end, we were stunned by the gorgeous interior of the Spanish Synagogue, full of silence and peace. Thank you so much to our guide Katerina, who was both knowledgeable and fun as appropriate and helped us learn about past so that we could understand the present. Thank you. Highly recommended!

– TripAdvisor, May 2022