DRESDEN (GERMANY) TOUR & TEREZIN CONCENTRATION CAMP by car/van/coach transfer
Full day trip start 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. After Terezin, we drive to Dresden(Germany) . Dresden is the capital city and after Leipzig the second-largest city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the border with the Czech Republic.Since German reunification in 1990 Dresden is again a cultural, educational and political centre of Germany and Europe. During the Nazi era from 1933 to 1945, the Jewish community of Dresden was reduced from over 6,000 (7,100 people were persecuted as Jews) to 41, as a result of emigration and murders. Non-Jews were also targeted, and over 1,300 people were executed by the Nazis at the Münchner Platz, a courthouse in Dresden, including labour leaders, undesirables, resistance fighters, and anyone caught listening to foreign radio broadcasts .The bombing stopped prisoners who were busy digging a large hole into which an additional 4,000 prisoners were to be disposed of . Dresden in the 20th century was a major communications hub and manufacturing centre with 127 factories and major workshops and was designated by the German Military as a defensive strongpoint, with which to hinder the Soviet advance . From 1985 to 1990, the future President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was stationed in Dresden by the KGB, where he worked for Lazar Matveev, the senior KGB liaison officer there. On 3 October 1989 (the so- called "battle of Dresden"), a convoy of trains carrying East German refugees from Prague passed through Dresden on its way to the Federal Republic of Germany. Local activists and residents joined in the growing civil disobedience movement spreading across the German Democratic Republic, by staging demonstrations and demanding the removal of the non-democratic government.
10 HOUR ITINERARY
1 hour (60 km) Prague to Terezin transfer with our professional driver and our local profesional tour guide.
2.5 hour tour at Terezin small fortress, small fortress museum ,propaganda film and crematorium with our professional tour guide.
1.5 hour (90km) Terezin to Dresden transfer
3 hour tour at Dresden(Germany) . Visit to Zwinger palace, Frauenkirche, Semperoper, Bruhl's terrace, neumarkt, altmarkt, Martin Luther statue, Albertinum, Elbe river, old town and new town with our professional tour guide.
2 hour (150 km) Dresden to 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 08:00
Duration: 10.00 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