A sleepy countryside town today, Terezín epitomizes one of history’s darkest chapters. 140,000 people were deported here by the Nazis when it served them as a GESTAPO prison, ghetto, and concentration camp during the Holocaust.
When: every Friday at 10:00
* Saturday "The Crematorium" is closed
Price: 1050CZK / person, minimum of 8 people
Where: Just off Old Town Square – at the Discover Prague Tour Office (Celetná 12) in the heart of the Old Town.
What you will do
On this day trip to the former ghetto, concentration camp, and GESTAPO prison just one hour from Prague, we focus on Czech-Jewish history, World War II, and the Holocaust. A sleepy town in the Bohemian countryside today, our expert guides will help see through its pretty facade.
We visit Terezíns monuments, memorials, and museums and find hidden traces of its dark past while discussing present-day attitudes towards Terezín. You will learn about its history, from its times as a Habsburg Empire garrison town to the visit of the Red Cross and the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her children’s paintings.
What to expect
A sobering but essential educational experience, shedding light on people’s darkest potential. Remembering what happened then and drawing the right conclusions remains forever crucially important.
Central to the Holocaust, more than 33,000 prisoners died here as a result of malnutrition, disease, and sadistic treatment by their captors. For many more, it was their last stop before being deported to extermination camps like Auschwitz, Treblinka, or Sobibór. This contrasts with prisoners’ courageous resilience. Defying the most dire conditions, people maintained a rich cultural and religious life, held celebrations, even composed and staged 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 unique double role, in the Nazis’ pursuit of the Final Solution but also their propaganda efforts to conceal the holocaust.
- Round-trip public transport
- Admission to The Ghetto Museum and Magdeburg Barracks
- The Columbarium
- Jewish Prayer Room
- The Crematorium
- Seat of the Council of Elders
- Jewish dormitories
- Duration: approximately 7 hrs from start to finish
- Distance: 4-6 km of walking
- Additional costs: lunch, souvenirs, tips, postcards/stamps
- Food info: please bring your own lunch for the tour