Jewish Quarter

Prague, Center of Prague

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Address:Prague, Center of Prague
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Explore the history of Jews in Prague in the Jewish Quarter established in the 12th century

The Jewish Quarter in Prague is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. The first Jewish settlements date back to the 10th century, however the ghetto was not established until half of the 12th century, when Jewish people were ordered to vacate their homes and settle in one district.

The Jews were banned from living anywhere else in Prague for centuries and during those times people from Moravia, Germany, Austria and Spain moved here. During the 19th century, majority of rich Jews moved out, the ghetto was therefore considered poor and unhygienic and was supposed to be demolished. 

Fortunately, most of the significant historical buildings were saved from destruction, and today they remain a testimony to the history of the Jews in Prague. They form the best preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in the whole of Europe. 

There are six synagogues in the Jewish Quarter (including the Spanish Synagogue and Old-New Synagogue which is the oldest still existing synagogue in Europe), the Jewish Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the largest one in Europe. The monuments fortunately survived the Nazi occupation since Adolf Hitler decided to preserve the Jewish Quarter as a “Museum of an Extinct Race”.

How to get there:

  • Walking distance from Prague Ticket Office - Via Musica shop on Old Town Square:
    10 min
  • Accessibility by public transport:
    metro A (green line) - Staroměstská station
    trams Nos. 2, 17, 18 - Staroměstská stop
  • Nearest car parking:
    Parking Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague 1

Upcoming events

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Jewish Town

Private Tour in English, Russian and Czech - 2 times per day

February 21, 2019 (Thu)

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Jewish Prague

Tour in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish

February 22, 2019 | 10:30 (Fri)

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Jewish Prague

Tour in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish

February 25, 2025 | 10:15 (Tue)

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We offer group discounts

Are you a group of 10+ people? Do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to negotiate the best price for you. Simply choose the event and we will take care of the rest.

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Special Present

Is someone precious to you planning a trip to Prague? Why don´t you surprise them with a unique present! We are pleased to offer you Via Musica Gift Certificate.

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