Jewish Prague Synagogue Tour

Uncover the cultural impact of Prague's longstanding Jewish community
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Duration
3 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Old Jewish Cemetery
  • Old New Synagogue
  • Holocaust Memorial (Pinkas Synagogue)
  • Spanish Synagogue
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  • Get an in-depth exploration of Jewish history in Prague
  • Led by a local scholar or historian
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Tour Description
From medieval beginnings through the era of the Emperors to struggles and triumphs in the 20th century, the history of Prague’s Jewish community is a unique part of a wider European and global mosaic of Judaism. In this 3-hour Jewish Prague tour in the company of a local historian, we’ll explore the Jewish Ghetto of Prague and visit key Jewish heritage sites, including the Old-New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery.

Jewish Prague Tour

Jews have settled in Prague since the 10th century and by the 12th century had formed their community near the very heart of the Old Town, along main merchant roads that wind up to the Prague Castle. This location of the Jewish Ghetto remained more or less the same until the 20th century, when it lost its medieval look and was infused with its current Art Nouveau charm. On our walking tour of Jewish Prague, we’ll spend time exploring the many synagogues that remain open to the public, including the Old-New Synagogue, which is the oldest remaining synagogue in Europe. The Jewish Cemetery, which dates back to the 15th century, presents the unique opportunity to discuss Jewish burial customs and rituals, while the Jewish Town Hall gives space to explore the flourishing of the Jewish community during the Renaissance. We’ll also hear traditional Czech legends that intertwine with a significant Jewish figure, Rabbi Jehuda Löw, whose lasting legacy has become intertwined with the myth of Golem.

One City, Three Cultural Forces

In the development of the Jewish community in Prague, there is a pattern common to other European cities: isolation, slow gaining of privileges and rights and their subsequent loss, threats of pogroms, and gradual assimilation and emancipation during the Enlightenment. Beginning in the 19th century, the Ghetto became a literary theme not only for Jewish writers, but for German and Czech writers as well (for more, see our Prague Cafe Tour). At this point, Prague’s unique atmosphere of three interwoven cultures (Czech, German, and Jewish) became a defining feature of the city that distinguished it from other cities. This intersection of cultures is personified in several famous figures, with Franz Kafka being the best-known.


 At the end of our walk, we’ll have traced the ancient roots of the Jewish community in Prague together, using remarkably preserved historical sites as our waypoints and hearing long-ago stories of the people who once gazed up at these same buildings and walked these same streets.


For more on 20th-century Prague, see our Prague Communism tour. For a more general introduction to Prague try our Introductory Prague walking tour.

FAQ

Do we go inside any of the venues? Yes, we will go inside the Old-New Synagogue and several other smaller synagogues, which now belong to the Jewish Museum and house various exhibitions. Typically, we include the Jewish Cemetery and the Holocaust Memorial inside the Pinkas Synagogue; additional sites can vary.


Do we need tickets? You are pre-paid for the tour and for your entrance fees at the Jewish Museum and the Old-New Synagogue.


Where do we meet? You'll meet in the area near Old Town Square. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point and a map.
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Excellent tour guide who was very knowledgeable with the history of the Jews
This was such rich way to spend three hours learning about the historical and cultural experience of the Czech Republic’s Jewish community. Katrina gave us so much more than just the stories of the synagogues themselves: her knowledge is deep and wide ranging. All in all, a very moving, informative tour.
Katerina is incredibly knowledgeable about Jewish Prague as well as Prague’s broader history. We enjoyed everything she had to say!