Tortuous path from the WVII through Communist regime to Democracy in postwar Czechoslovakia
This revelatory tour will guide you along milestones of 50 years of modern history of my country within 3 hours. You will learn about aspects of life during the communist regime, resistency in Czechoslovakia, the Prague Spring in 1968, underground movement which gave kick to last 2 decades of the regime. You will hear about an important chapter of the history called the Velvet Revolution when the Communist regime was overthrown. The tour will take you the Museum of Communism where you will see many artifacts from that time, street where the Police had interrogation and detention rooms, to the Wenceslaw Square where the regime ended. We will finish the tour at a statue of St. Wenceslaw from contemporary artist David Cerny symbolising the current freedoms such as freedom of speech.
The tour will start at the Museum of Communism where you will learn on many artifacts about crucial crossroads of the Czech history of the period of the XXth century and the circumstances leading to the communist era after the WWII. You will see many artifacts and documents illustrating everyday life in the Communist Czechoslovakia including personal memories of those who lived through these times of non-freedom. Then the tour will continue to the monument of the patron saint of the Czech nation - St. Wenceslas, where most of the history divides happend including the end of the regime - the Velvet Revolution. Next steps will take us to Bartolomejska street where the State Police had interrogation and detention rooms and many citizens of Prague ended up for resistency against the regime. We will finish the tour at the Monument reminding events of the Velvet Revolution and the end of the Communist regime in November 1989 at Narodni street.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will gladly pick you up at a hotel or appartment of your stay.
End location: Narodni street, 5 mins walking from Wenceslas Square, 10 mins walking from the Astronomical Clock.
Duration: 3 hours
This tour is walking. Make sure to wear good walking shoes with thick soles.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 CZK - Entrance fee to the Museum of Communism, refreshments on our way.