TEREZIN CONCENTRATION CAMP TOUR by car/van/ coach transfer
A half day trip from Prague to the Terezin Memorial (Theresienstadt), a World War II concentration camp and Jewish ghetto. This excursion is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot. After picking you up from your Prague hotel, we drive for around 40 minutes to reach the Terezin Memorial.A former garrison town, Terezin was built at the end of the 18th century by Emperor Joseph II as an ingenious system of military fortresses. However, when the Nazis invaded the Czech Republic in World War II, this huge area was converted into a concentration camp and Jewish ghetto. We embark on an extensive tour of the important monuments at the Terezin Memorial, which is divided into two parts: The Small Fortress (also known as the Prague Gestapo Prison) was the concentration camp. It was used to house mostly political prisoners. Around 90,000 people passed through here. The Big Fortress, comprising 80% of the Terezin Memorial, was the Jewish ghetto. Here we visit the Ghetto Museum (Terezin Museum), the Columbarium, the Prayer Room (Hidden Synagogue), the exhibition at Magdeburg Barracks, and the Jewish Cemetery Crematorium (please note that the cemetery is closed on Saturdays).Many aspects of Terezin are eerily preserved in, or restored to, their 1940s state.Displays include a prison dormitory and some of the belongings of the unfortunate people who resided here - their clothing, drawings, music, poetry and other precious artefacts. Through these we gain an understanding of what life was like for the inmates, and of their hopes and despair.There are also audio visual displays and documentary films featuring archive material from the era. In all, around 32,000 prisoners passed through the Big Fortress.This sorry episode in the history of Terezin, and of humanity in general, will no doubt leave many unanswered questions in your mind, as to how or why such atrocities can occur.As the tour is of a sensitive nature, we only run it in small groups. It is led by an expert guide in Jewish history, to ensure participants gain a full understanding of the subject.
Note: many inhabitants of Terezin were deported from the Jewish Quarter in Prague.
For groups of 15+ people ,we can offer at no extra cost:
-a private tour, including a guide and coach exclusive to your group.
-a departure time of your choice.
-If you require a tour in German, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Turkish please specify on the booking form.(supplement can applies for some languages).
-To reserve, mention it in Special Requests on the booking form.
Dates: Operates all year
Times: Daily 09:00 and 13.00
Duration: 05.00 hours (no tour on: 24-26 Dec).
Entrance tickets not included.
Pick Up: From your hotel shortly before the tour - the exact time will be stated in your booking confirmation.
Tour Ends: At your hotel or city centre