Old-New Synagogue, Prague

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Prague: Jewish Quarter Admission Ticket with Introduction

1. Prague: Jewish Quarter Admission Ticket with Introduction

Learn about the history of the Jewish Quarter in Prague. This guided tour includes visits to the Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the oldest in Central Europe, and it includes admission to 3 synagogues. Begin with a 20-minute introduction and orientation from your guide as you hear about the history of Prague’s Jewish Quarter. Meet with your guide at the local partner office in Maiselova street, just a few steps from the Maisel Synagogue. The guide will help you with orientation in the Jewish Town. Your entry ticket includes access to synagogues as well as Prague’s Jewish cemetery. You can choose between Circuit 1 or Circuit 2. Both Circuits include admission to the Old Jewish Cemetery, among the oldest in all of Central Europe. You will get a chance to visit the Spanish Synagogue, constructed in the beautiful Moorish Revival style. Both circuits also include admission into 3 synagogues: Maisel, Pinkas, and Klausen Synagogue. The latter is the biggest in Prague Jewish Town. Moreover, you will have the chance to visit the Ceremonial Hall, and Robert Guttman Gallery, home to several temporary exhibitions. These include items from the Jewish Museum’s collections or aspects of modern Jewish life. Circuit 1 additionally contains an entrance ticket to the Old-New synagogue, one of the oldest active synagogues in all of Europe. Constructed in the Gothic style in 1270, it is one of the earliest Gothic buildings in Prague and continues to be one of the most important religious sites for Jews in the Czech Republic.

Prague: Historic City Center Bus Tour

2. Prague: Historic City Center Bus Tour

See the best of Prague from an open-top bus, and enjoy panoramic views of all the most famous sights. Depart from near the Old Town Square, where you can admire the Astronomical Clock. Continue through the oldest part of the city, admiring the cobblestone streets that radiate in all directions. Highlights of the Old Town include the Municipal House on the site of the old Royal Court. Marvel at the mosaics on its façade, considered by many to be the most beautiful building in the city. See the sights of the Josefov district, the former Jewish Ghetto of Prague. Completely surrounded by the Old Town, its landmark monuments include the Old-New Synagogue and 19th-century Spanish Synagogue with its Moor-inspired exterior. Pass Prague’s oldest surviving Gothic building at the St. Agnes Monastery. See national monuments, such as the State Opera House and New Town Hall. Admire the bridges over the Vltava River, including the famous Charles Bridge. Upon arrival in the Prague Castle district, enjoy a 30 or 40-minute break for a short stroll around the famous landmarks. Go to the Loreta pilgrimage site. Marvel at the extraordinary architecture of the Dancing House. Other landmarks you will pass on the tour include the National Museum, Rudolfinum Music Hall, and Powder Tower. Along the way, you will learn the history of the city and its famous landmarks from a pre-recorded commentary in your native language, available in 26 different languages (Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese).

Prague: City Tour and 3-Hour Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pickup

3. Prague: City Tour and 3-Hour Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pickup

Experience Prague by night on a 4-hour combined city tour and dinner cruise down the Vltava River to see the riverside attractions floodlit for the evening. You will start with a 45-minute minibus tour of the Old Town, Jewish Quarter, and New Town, passing noted sites such as the Spanish Synagogue and Old-New Synagogue. Learn about the Jewish heritage of Prague in the former Jewish Ghetto, and continue to Republic Square to see a beautiful example of Art Nouveau architecture at Municipal House. See the original Old Town fortifications and Gothic Powder Tower, before a quick tour of the New Town, including Wenceslas Square, the State Opera, former Czechoslovak Parliament, and National Museum. Cross the Nusle Bridge for breathtaking views over several quarters of Prague. Then, board a luxury boat on the Vltava River, where a welcome drink awaits before you set sail on a 3-hour-cruise. Sit back and enjoy views of Prague Castle against the night sky. Cruise past Strahov Monastery, St. Nicholas Church, and Petrin Tower, and go beyond the city center limits to Vysehrad Castle and the Dancing House. All the while, you will be feasting on a buffet spread of hot and cold food, served in air-conditioned comfort. If you prefer to feel the breeze in your hair as you cruise past the Charles Bridge, Rudolfinum, or National Theatre, there is even an exterior viewing deck.

3-Hour Tour of Alchemy and Mysteries of Prague Castle

4. 3-Hour Tour of Alchemy and Mysteries of Prague Castle

As the crowds thin and twilight descends, your adventure in nighttime Prague begins. Starting from the Old Town Square your guide will take you through streets that are rich in history and legends. Experience an intimate tour that ventures off the beaten path. On your 3-hour tour you’ll visit Prague Castle after the crowds and lines have disappeared. See the monastery where monks once brewed holy beer for the king. Stroll at a leisurely pace through the monastery, New World, Prague Castle, King’s Vineyard, Charles Bridge, and other ancient and enchanting sites. At the Old Town Square, where the history of Prague began, you’ll begin the tour. From there, move to Paris street, the most luxurious in Prague, which, before becoming the most expensive street, was a part of Jewish Ghetto. Here, you will get to learn about the ruler Rudolph II, and find out why did he choose Prague as his home. Then, move to the synagogue, where Golem, the protector of the Ghetto, is supposedly hidden. While walking toward the Manes Bridge you’ll stop to see the interesting corner window that opens onto the charming underworld of the Old Town. Turn the corner and suddenly you’ll come to a place where alchemists once conducted experiments. After crossing the bridge, you’ll marvel at the spectacular views of Prague. Ride up the hill by tram to the 12th-century Strahov Monastery . On the way down to the Prague Castle, you’ll pass the Hole to Hell. Continue on, past the Marian Pillar and will come to the front gate of Prague Castle. A special highlight is the breathtaking view of the 3 spires of St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle. See the medieval Powder Tower, the 10th-century vineyards of St. Wencelaus, and Wallenstein Palace.

Prague: Old Town Exploration Game

5. Prague: Old Town Exploration Game

Take a walk back in time and wander through the complex street labyrinths of the Old Town. Even today, there’s a piece of magical history at every corner, waiting to shroud its travelers into the ancient stories and rituals from the times when Prague was the World Capital of Alchemy and the Dark Arts. Questo is a platform for city exploration games created by locals. Get ready to explore Prague by playing quests and solving challenges. You only need a charged mobile phone to start the adventure and discover new places and stories. The app will lead you through the city and set a mysterious context for the game. Following your great uncle’s death, you came to Prague to collect a mysterious inheritance. He has always been a quirky figure in your family, known for his wacky astronomical predictions and gold experiments that ended in explosions in the family house. With a letter from your great uncle in your pocket, you start your journey... Will his clues lead you to the immense wealth he was always talking about? Or is your inheritance just a product of an old man’s confused imagination?

Prague: 3-Hour Jewish District Insider's Tour

6. Prague: 3-Hour Jewish District Insider's Tour

Join a small group or have a private tour led by an expert guide to explore Prague's Jewish district, one of the oldest communities in Europe. Visit the Jewish Museum, the district's different synagogues, and the Old Jewish Cemetary. Your tour begins with a visit to the Jewish Museum and continues throughout the district where you will stop at six important points of interest. Visit the Old-New Synagogue, Europe's oldest working synagogue, and admire the pulpit's wrought-iron grill. See the scriptures on the walls and the Holy Ark that holds the Torah scrolls. Learn how the Golem stripped off its talisman still lives in the attic. Afterward, see the Pinkas Synagogue and its memorial dedicated to the Holocaust. Be moved by the lists of names, birth dates, and dates of disappearance inscribed on the walls of the 77,297 Czech victims of the Nazis. There is also a collection of paintings and drawings by children held in the Terezín concentration camp during WWII. Follow your guide to Klausen Synagogue, the largest in the former ghetto, and see exhibits on Jewish ceremonies of birth and death, worship, and special holy days. Continue on to visit Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery. Feel its sobering atmosphere despite its lack of use in more than two centuries. Walk around to see some of the 12,000 crumbling stones, heaped together, covering perhaps 100,000 graves, piled in layers because of the lack of space. Finish your tour at the Maisel Synagogue and learn about the history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia from the 10th to the 18th centuries, with displays of ceremonial silver, textiles, prints, and books.

Prague: Walking Tour & Virtual Reality Experience

7. Prague: Walking Tour & Virtual Reality Experience

To begin your adventure, meet your guide near the Charles Bridge and take a 1-hour walking through the Old Town of Prague. See the house of the imperial mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler and enter the Jewish Quarter. Admire the world’s oldest active synagogue, and hear the famous legend about the Golem of Prague. After the walking tour, you'll be immersed in a virtual tour of Prague in 1593. Put on your VR headset and travel back in time to explore the city in the era of Emperor Rudolf II, the last Habsburg who had his main residence in Prague. Compare the vast changes in culture while finding surprising continuities between old and new. Discover why Prague was one of the major hubs of commerce and culture in the 16th century and beyond. Afterwards, travel back to present day, brimming with historical knowledge only possible through this modern technology.

Prague: Old Town Alchemy and Dark Arts Exploration Game

8. Prague: Old Town Alchemy and Dark Arts Exploration Game

Discover Prague’s Old Town and learn about it in a unique, fun way, in this exploration game played on your phone. See sights like St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, and more. Start the game at the rotating sculpture of Franz Kafka. In the story, you’ll be following your great uncle’s death to collect a mysterious inheritance. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and directions on your phone will take you to the next location and puzzle to solve. It will take between 1.5-2 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Charles Bridge.

Prague City Tour with Vltava River Cruise

9. Prague City Tour with Vltava River Cruise

Enjoy a comprehensive half-day tour of Prague with an expert guide. This 3-5-hour tour combines a minibus tour of Prague, a scenic river cruise, and a walking tour of the Prague Castle area. During the minibus tour, you will pass the National Theatre, enjoy panoramic views of Prague Castle, and view the Rudolfinum as well as the Old and New Synagogues. Upon arrival at the city’s famous Charles Bridge, start your 1-hour cruise along the Vltava River. Admire more panoramic views of Prague Castle, residence of Czech rulers since the 9th-Century, and Charles Bridge itself, founded by Charles IV in the 14th-Century. Relax as you cruise by Cechuv Bridge and the National Theatre. Next, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the Prague Castle area. Walk along the Charles Bridge, view the Klementinum, and the Town Hall - not available from 1 November  to  31 March-, ending at Old Town Square.

Prague: Franz Kafka Game Quest & Self-Guide Tour

10. Prague: Franz Kafka Game Quest & Self-Guide Tour

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Prague while playing a Franz Kafka-themed mobile quest with your friends and family. Solve clues, see beautiful palaces, and learn about the city’s fascinating history from the eyes of the famous writer. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues as you walk past popular city sites displaying a mix of ancient and modern in the heart of Prague. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Explore the Kafka Memorial and admire traditional Czech architecture. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Old-New Synagogue, Prague

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 4,005 reviews

Had a nice introduction to the neighborhood. Together with the guide we walked a short round along all synagogues and then we were allowed to go our own way! Definitely recommend!

It was great, seen a lot. The Prague Sity Card was very handy. Everything pleasantly close together.

Was ultimately worth it.. good experience.. DIFFICULT to find the collection spot to get card tho!!!

Comfortable seats on the bus. Informative about the city. Length of tour just right.

Guide was very nice and explain a lot of the history of the area.