Exploring Prague's Jewish Quarter

    Spanish synagogue
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    27 Feb 2020
    Clock 60min      Length1mi
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    Let‘s set off on a walk through Prague’s fabled Jewish Quarter, one of the oldest centres of Jewish life in the world.

    I’ve spent half of my life in this lovely city and I’ve always been fascinated by its Jewish heritage. I’d love to share what I’ve learnt with you while also taking in some of its most important sites, including the Old Jewish Cemetery, its beautiful synagogues, the Old Town Square, the Town Hall Clock and Franz Kafka Square. We’ll also meet some of the illuminating figures from Prague’s Jewish history. I hope you’ll fall in love with Judaism’s rich and fascinating culture along the way, just like I have.

    • Listen to the story of the mysterious Golem
    • Find out about the place where David’s star was first used as a Jewish national symbol
    • Get a glimpse of the Old Jewish Cemetery, one of the largest in the world
    • Discover why a clock runs on "Jewish time"
    • Admire the longest-working European synagogue
    • See the places where Kafka lived and Einstein used to meet their friends

    Let me share some insight into the Jewish history of Prague, which spans centuries, architectural styles, personalities and, above all, stories. If you have a deeper interest in Prague’s Jewish sites and are planning on a visit to the Jewish Museum, which allows you to enter the Old Cemetery and the synagogues, then this is the best practical introduction to your visit. But please note that this tour does not include entrance fees to any of the sites along the way.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Pinkas Synagogue Old Jewish Cemetery Old-New Synagogue Paris Street Spanish Synagogue Franz Kafka’s native house Old Town Square Maisel Synagogue

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    Start at the corner of the New City Hall (Marianske Namesti). It’s at a 5-minute walking distance from the closest metro station Staromestska.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    If you need a bit of rest, I can recommend the cosy bistro Little Break just outside the Spanish Synagogue (U Sv. Ducha 9/3) for great coffee and snacks.
    If you want to eat kosher, there are a couple of restaurants along the way, but quite expensive compared to the non-kosher places in the city centre. A good choice might be Dinitz (Bílkova 869/12). Among traditional Czech restaurants, the medieval tavern Krčma (Kostecna 925/4) won’t certainly disappoint you.

    Best time of day:

    You can take this tour any time of day. Of course, in the high season it might be comfortable to avoid the crowds, taking it in the morning or evening hours. If you are planning on a visit to the Jewish Museum afterword, please note that on Saturdays and on Jewish holidays it is closed. Opening hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. from 1st April to 23rd October, the rest of the year 9 a.m. – 4:30 p. m.

    Precautions:

    Prague is a very safe city, but of course, it is always good to watch your belongings, not to give a chance to pickpockets, especially in crowded places. Be careful when crossing the streets and use the zebra crossings when possible.

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    Highly recommend! Having a particular interest in Jewish history, I chose this tour on my visit to Prague. I admire Jana’s depth of knowledge, and her excellent way of telling stories. Thanks, Jana! Luke

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 26 days ago

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