Terezín Memorial - Ghetto Museum

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From Prague: Tour of Terezin Concentration Camp

1. From Prague: Tour of Terezin Concentration Camp

Terezin was originally a military fortress built in the 18th century by Emperor Josef II, but it is more closely tied to World War II. The walled garrison town of Terezin (the Large Fortress) served as a holding camp for Jews from all over Europe and was exploited for Nazi propaganda purposes during a Red Cross visit in 1944. The lesser-known Small Fortress was a shockingly inhumane prison run by the Reich’s secret police — the Gestapo. During the comfortable bus ride, your guide will share insight into the events leading up to World War II and the Holocaust. The tour starts with the museum located in the Large Fortress, formerly an all-boys school, which details the personal experiences of prisoners held here. You'll also view an authentic propaganda film before moving on to the cemetery and crematorium. Next, cross the river and tour the horrifying conditions for prisoners held in the Large Fortress, from the cell of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassin to the cramped quarters and firing squads of the Holocaust era. This trip provides a powerful, personal look into some of the darkest moments in history but also highlights the strength and resilience of the faith maintained by its inhabitants.

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Terezín Monument Half-Day Tour from Prague

2. Terezín Monument Half-Day Tour from Prague

Your 5-hour trip begins with a pick-up at your Prague hotel and a drive to the town of Terezín and its fortress. You’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort on a bus complete with complimentary WiFi and bottled water. Terezín was originally built in the 18th century as a strategic fortress for protection against the Prussian armies. During World War II the Nazis established a police prison in the small fortress, and the town itself was turned into a Jewish ghetto. When you arrive at the fortress, the guide will take you on a journey through the wartime history of Europe. You’ll also learn what life in the largest Czech concentration camp was like. Visit the small fortress of Terezin as well as the Ghetto Museum, which was originally built as school. The history of Terezín is important and during your visit you’ll come to understand more about World Word II and its impact on Europe. At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to your Prague accommodation or the city center.

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From Prague: Terezín Memorial and Jewish Ghetto with Lunch

3. From Prague: Terezín Memorial and Jewish Ghetto with Lunch

Starting from the meeting point or with a hotel pickup in Prague, embark on a half-day trip to the Terezín Memorial and the Jewish Ghetto Museum followed by lunch in the historical city of Litomerice. Meet your guide and on board the comfortable air-conditioned minibus equipped with Wi-Fi and refreshments to depart on a journey of about an hour to the Terezín Memorial. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the concentration camp in the Small Fortress where more than 90,000 people were taken during World War II and where about 2,800 people died. From 1940 to 1945 the Small Fortress served as the prison of the Prague Gestapo and you can visit the permanent exhibition devoted to the history of the political prison. Next, discover the Jewish Ghetto, located on the other side of the Elbe River, where more than 150,000 people were sent and more than 33,000 people died. Visit the Ghetto Museum with its stark reminders of the days of horror and suffering that happened there. You’ll also hear stories of the friendship, courage, and bravery that was shown by those living there at the time.  After the excursion, move on to the amazing historical city of Litomerice for a lunch prepared in the beautiful artisan restaurant of a 16th-century Renaissance house. After a food tasting in a unique cozy restaurant, return to Prague with an expected arrival time of 3 PM.

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Terezín Concentration Camp Day Tour from Prague

4. Terezín Concentration Camp Day Tour from Prague

Learn about some of the darkest days in European history on a full-day tour to the Terezín Concentration Camp in the sleepy Bohemian countryside. Following a transfer from Prague city center, explore the former ghetto, concentration camp, and Gestapo prison just 1-hour from the city center. Hear stories from the Czech-Jewish history of World War II and the Holocaust. Central to the tragedy of the Holocaust, Terezín saw 33,000 prisoners perish as a result of malnutrition, disease, and the sadistic treatment of their captors. For many more it was their last stop before being deported to extermination camps like Auschwitz, Treblinka, or Sobibór. Hear how the prisoners defied the direst conditions to maintain a rich cultural and religious life, hold celebrations, and even compose and stage operas. Terezín epitomizes the worst aspects of the human spirit, but its prisoners left the world striking examples of human potential and the power of compassion. Terezín played a double role, both in the Nazi pursuit of the Final Solution, and their propaganda efforts to conceal the Holocaust. See the monuments and memorials at Terezín, and visit the museum to find hidden traces of its dark past. Discuss present-day attitudes towards Terezín, and learn the history of the town, from its time as a Habsburg Empire garrison town, the visit of the Red Cross, and the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her children's paintings.

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What people are saying about Terezín Memorial - Ghetto Museum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,118 reviews

Our tour guide had a really excellent knowledge regarding history of the country and the place (Terezín). Organization was perfect. As we only had the half-day tour, we could choose ourselves between several options. She was very well informed about the museum’s exhibition.

Unique experience, train, bus and entrance fees included in the price, the very knowledgeable and friendly Ilja guide speaks a very understandable English. Experience that is absolutely worth the money.

We were very pleasantly surprised how everything worked and would plan it that way again at any time. Thanks!

The guide was very skilled. He really knew a lot. And was very tense.

Although a sad memorial a must for every visitor to Prague!