Private Tour of the Best-Preserved Jewish Quarter in Europe
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As early as the 10th century, Jewish settlers had moved into Prague. Prague (and Czechoslovakia) was once home to the largest population of Ashkenazi Jews anywhere in the world and although nowadays the population is very small - officially the Prague Jewish Community has about 1500 members - the Jewish community left a significant mark on the city.
We'll see 4 well-preserved synagogues, including the oldest anywhere north of the Alps. You'll also visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, where up to 12 layers of graves lie atop one another; and where you'll find the resting place of Rabbi Loew, renowned in legend as the creator of the Golem. Prague is home to the largest collection of Judaica in the world and there is no other collection of historical Jewish artefacts like it anywhere in the world. This is the only Jewish Quarter that the Nazis purposely did not destroy.
If you choose to do this tour in the morning, I recommend getting an early start (8:30 a. m. ) for our 3-hour walking tour. If you wish to do this as an afternoon tour, then we can start at 2 p. m.
We will visit several famous synagogues: the 13th-century Old-New Synagogue, the oldest synagogue north of the Alps; the Pinkas Synagogue, now a hallowed museum dedicated to the Czech victims of the Holocaust; the Klausen Synagogue, which contains an exhibition of Jewish traditions and artifacts. Also included is a visit to the Chevrah Kaddisha building and the Old Jewish Cemetery, with its densely packed layers of graves up to 12 levels deep.
I will be able to answer any questions you have on the local Jewish community during the Nazi occupation, the Communist regime, and the present-day. On this tour, you will learn about Jewish life and heritage, both past and present in Prague, while visiting the largest collection of Judaica in the worl
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Suggested by Guide: Underneath the statue of Franz Kafka located at the Spanish Synagogue at Vězeňská 1, Prague 1. (Please note: do not confuse this with a new Kafka statue in another district of Prague!)
Duration: 3 hours
Based on my experience I suggest we meet and begin this tour at 8:30 a.m or in the afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
By starting our tour at this time we are usually able to avoid long queues and big crowds and to buy admission tickets first at the cash desk. This will allow you an unobstructed view of the sights and delights that Prague has to offer. If you wish, I can reserve your tickets before your arrival and you can reimburse me when we meet.
Walking (it's all in one small area and all synagogues are located very close to each other).
For those with mobility issues, we can arrange a car upon request (at additional cost).
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
600 CZK - Entrance tickets to the Jewish Museum are an additional cost- which is paid directly to the Prague Jewish Museum at the door. If you would like to, we can skip entering the Old/New Synagogue, in which case tickets will be only CZK 350 (USD 16).
Most shops accept major credit cards but it may be more convenient to pay with cash for dining, gratuities, and some of the smaller shops as well as for the museums. Please be sure to have small change for public toilets!
- Personal Expenses
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Ljuba was organized informative and friendly. We enjoyed her Jewish Heritage Tour in Prague. I would highly recommend her.