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Small-Group Historic Jewish Quarter Walking Tour in Prague

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    Stop At: Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, Siroka 23/3 entrance at Pinkas Synagogue, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Old Jewish Cemetery is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world and along with the Old-New Synagogue, it is the most important site in the Prague Jewish Town. The National Geographic magazine lists it among the top ten cemeteries to visit around the world.

    It was founded in the first half of the 15th century. The earliest tombstone dates back to 1439; the last burial took place 348 years later. Although the cemetery was expanded several times over the centuries, it was still not big enough to meet the needs of the Jewish Town. As space was scarce, bodies were buried on top of each other, with graves layered up to 10 deep.

    There are about 12,000 tombstones in the cemetery, many decorated with animal and plant motifs.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, U stareho hrbitova 243/3a 110 00, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest preserved synagogue in Prague.

    Built in the late Gothic style in 1535, it was founded by Aaron Meshulam Horowitz, a prominent member of the Prague Jewish Community, and probably named after his grandson, Rabbi Pinkas Horowitz. It was originally a place of prayer for the Horowitz family and was located near a ritual bath (mikveh). It was restored to its original form in 1950-54.

    In 1955-60 the Pinkas Synagogue was turned into a memorial to the nearly 80,000 Jewish victims of the Shoah from the Bohemian lands. One of the earliest memorials of its kind in Europe, it is the work of two painters, Václav Boštík and Jiří John. After the Soviet invasion of 1968, the memorial was closed to the public for more than 20 years. It was fully reconstructed and reopened to the public in 1995 after the fall of the Communist regime.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Klausen Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, U Stareho Hrbitova, 243/3A Stare Mesto, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Klausen synagogue is the biggest synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town.

    “Klausen” was originally the name given to three smaller buildings from the 16th century that used to be on this site. These buildings included a yeshivah (Talmudic school) that was founded by the famous Rabbi Loew. After the ghetto fire of 1689, the Klausen Synagogue was erected on the site in 1694, in the early Baroque style.

    It was the Prague Jewish Community's second main synagogue and a number of its prominent rabbis served here. It was also used as a place of prayer by the Prague Burial Society.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Maisel synagogue was erected in 1592 on the basis of a privilege granted by Emperor Rudolf II. Its founder was Mordecai Maisel, the Mayor of the Prague Jewish Town.

    Built by Judah Tzoref de Herz and Josef Wahl, it was originally a Renaissance temple with three naves, which was unusual for its day.

    The synagogue burnt down in the ghetto fire of 1689 and was rebuilt several times. It acquired its current Neo-Gothic form by Prof. A Grotte in 1893-1905.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Precious Legacy Tours, Kaprova 14/13, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    We will end the tour back at our offices in the center of Prague
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    Departure Point
    Memorial Kafka, Dušní, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Stary zidovsky Hrbitov
    • Entry/Admission - Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
    • Entry/Admission - Klausen Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
    • Entry/Admission - Maisel Synagogue
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    • Gratuities
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    • A small amount of walking is involved.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 26 February 2019

    We were disappointed with the tour operator due to their inefficiencies and poor customer service. When we arrived at the meeting place there was nobody there to meet us. I fortunately had a contact telephone number with me and phoned. WE were then directed into...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

    This tour was fantastic. Our guide was so knowledgeable and walked us through all of the museums with so much info at each exhibit! She also had all our tickets ready to go so we didn’t have to wait in any lines. This was the...More

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    Reviewed 30 November 2018

    Our guide was excellent. Her English was quite fluent and she gave us so much insight into the history of the Jews in Prague. An absolute mine of information.

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank RAPHAELLA S
    Reviewed 23 September 2018

    We joined a small group of 5 and had a great tour. The highlight other than the places was the superb guide - ask for Marketa. She was the best tour guide we've ever had. She was entertaining, went at your speed and was informative...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank phil049
    Reviewed 14 September 2018

    We had a 3 hour tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter that was truly perfect. Marketa was our tour guide and she was Wonderful. She was knowledgeable, animated, interactive and she knows Hebrew and could interpret the markers in the cemetery. We learned a great deal...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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