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  • From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Guided Tour

    1. From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Guided Tour

    Terezin is located approximately ninety miles north of Prague and just south of Litomerice. The town was built in 1780 by Emperor Joseph II of Austria and named after his mother, Empress Maria Theresa. Terezin consisted of two fortresses. The Big Fortress was surrounded by ramparts and contained a barracks. However, Terezin had not been used as a fortress since 1882 and had become a garrison town, which was almost entirely separated from the rest of the countryside. Terezin changed dramatically when the Nazis renamed it Theresienstadt and sent the first Jewish transports there in November 1941. These workers made up the Aufbaukommando (construction detail), later known in the camp as AK1 and AK2. These men were sent to transform the garrison town into a camp. These workers transformed the town, that in 1940 held approximately 7,000 residents, into a concentration camp which held about 3...

    Very efficiently and comfortably arranged. Interesting tour with knowledgeable guide. His English wasn’t perfect but was still understandable.

  • 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 t...

    The tour was excellent. George, our driver, picked us up at the agreed upon time. The van was comfortable and clean. Hannah, our guide, was personable, knowledgeable and easy going. The sites we visited are, of course, somber; but the experience was very informative. Highly recommend this tour and this company.

  • Prague: Tour of Terezin Concentration Camp

    3. 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 th...

    The guide knowledgeable and the driver fabulous. Would highly recommend this tour as the 5 hours incorporated everything.

  • 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 st...

    We had a very good guide Lija (hope we have spelt your name right). The tour was very respectful to the past and it is a place that if you can visit you should to remind us of the horrors of War and the suffering that went with it for many innocent people. We learnt a lot form Lija, and thank you.

  • From Prague: Terezín Memorial and Jewish Ghetto with Lunch

    5. 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 ...

  • Prague: Premium Licensed Terezin Concentration Camp Tour

    6. Prague: Premium Licensed Terezin Concentration Camp Tour

    Terezin (Theresienstadt) is part of a region that was home to thousand-year-old Jewish communities before 1941. It was at this time that these people were deported through the ghetto and concentration camp located in this area to death camps in Auschwitz, Treblinka, and others.  Terezin must be seen in order to understand the complicated history surrounding it, as it became a work camp designed to mislead those who wished to investigate the Nazis' concentration camps.   See the Terezin Ghetto Museum and the Gestapo prison to learn through precious artifacts, children’s drawings, poetry, and other surviving rarities, about the people who were kept at Terezin.  These relics provide a voice for the people and eloquently speak for those who did not survive.  The crematorium, the newly discovered hidden synagogue and other memorials are also included in the 5-hour tour.

  • Terezin Memorial: Bus Tour from Prague

    7. Terezin Memorial: Bus Tour from Prague

    Join a 6-hour excursion from Prague to the Terezin Memorial. Visit the site used by the Nazis as a combination ghetto and concentration camp during WWII. Learn about this tragic chapter in the history of the town and the catastrophic fate of many thousands of innocent victims. Explore the entire complex of the former Nazi concentration camp with your guide. Hear narration that includes authentic personal memories, chilling experiences, and episodes from Terezin’s grim history. Learn how people lived, suffered, survived, and died at Terezin. Hear how some of the prisoners managed to maintain their faith, optimism, and dignity.

    The tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and friendly. The guide at Terezin didn't dwell on the tragedy or make it a sad experience. He was informative, factual but brief, and was able to keep it interesting. Highly recommend for those who cry easily like me but still want to know the history.

  • From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Private Tour

    8. From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Private Tour

    During this tour you will learn about World War II and its impacts on former Czechoslovakia. Terezín is the name of a former military fortress and garrison town. In the late 18th century the Habsburg Monarchy erected the fortress as a stronghold against the Prussians from the North. They named it after Empress Maria Theresa. Terezín´s most tragic chapter came during WWII (1939-45). In 1940 Prague's Gestapo installed the Minor Fortress police prison. About 32,000 prisoners passed through the Minor Fortress between 1940 and 1945, of whom 2,500 were killed by hunger, disease, tyrannical guards and executions. In 1941 the town of Terezín was changed by the Nazis into a Jewish ghetto-transit camp. Until the end of the war more than 150,000 deportees passed through the camp, 35,000 of whom died there. Russian forces liberated Terezín on May 10, 1945, 8 days after Berlin had fallen to the Alli...

    Our tour guide Prem made all the difference in an otherwise sad and difficult tour. He loves his job, but loves history even more. He is very knowledgeable of the history of his country and Eastern Europe. He is articulate, educated, very interesting and well travelled. He answered our questions without hesitation and was extremely patient. He was a safe driver and on time.

  • From Prague: Private Tour to Terezin with Guide and Car

    9. From Prague: Private Tour to Terezin with Guide and Car

    Learn about the history of Terezin on the 45-minute drive north of Prague. The tour begins at the cemetery, where you'll learn about who was buried there and for what reason, as well as the significance of the cross and Star of David. A local guide will take you through the memorial of the Small Fortress which was used as a prison before and during WWII, mostly to house fighters of the Czech resistance. You'll visit the barracks, the wash rooms, the prison cells, and other places where the prisoners lived.  After the fortress, you'll experience the difficult history of Terezin's Jewish ghetto. Each building had a different purpose in regulating Jewish movements. Visit the local museum to learn about political developments before the war and everyday life in the ghetto. The last stop is the cemetery and the crematorium (closed on Saturdays). 

  • From Prague: Terezin Former Concentration Camp Private Tour

    10. From Prague: Terezin Former Concentration Camp Private Tour

    On this half-day trip to the former ghetto, concentration camp and gestapo prison just 1-hour from Prague, you will focus on Czech-Jewish history, World War II and the Holocaust. Located in a sleepy town in the Bohemian countryside, this former ghetto and concentration camp is a lasting reminder of the Jewish tragedy of World War II. You will be guided through the Museum of Holocaust and Secret Synagogue, where services secretly took place during the Ghetto period, the Jewish cemetery and the crematorium. You will also visit the Small Fortress, a former political and Prague Gestapo prison during World War ll. This contrasts with the courageous resilience of the prisoners. Defying the most dire conditions, the Jewish 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 p...

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 801 reviews

We booked the trip very last minute.Upon departure our itinerary was explained clearly to us so we knew exactly what to expect from the start. Our driver,who was not a professional guide,went above and beyond to share with us all the insights of Prague from a point of view of a local. On the way to Terezin he also shared with us interesting facts and history about all importants sights and buildings we passed. He even had a book with photographs to show us how the area suffered from the flood that happened in 2002. We have seen the Jewish crematorium the large fortress and ended with a visit by a professional guide in the small fortress. The story here is not as well known but very heartbreaking and touching nonetheless. We believe that this history should never be forgotten and were very happy to have been here. Very professional service received from the company. Special thanks to our driver/guide Costa.

Nice driver who was able to tell a lot during the route about the activity we had, and even told a lot about the city of Prague and where we drove by. This gave us a good view of the city, Terezin and the fortress itself! After arriving at the fortress we got a good guide who could tell and show us even more in perfect English. We can definitely recommend this activity!

We had a very good guide Lija (hope we have spelt your name right). The tour was very respectful to the past and it is a place that if you can visit you should to remind us of the horrors of War and the suffering that went with it for many innocent people. We learnt a lot form Lija, and thank you.

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.

A moving visit to this camp. It is always difficult to delve into such a terrible past. My guide, speaking French, knows the history of this painful period well. She was able to answer questions. To advise not to forget ...