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From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Guided Tour w/ Audio

1. From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Guided Tour w/ Audio

Explore the famous Terezin Concentration Camp on a guided tour. You will see the Terezin Small Fortress, the museum, and more on a half-day tour from Prague.  Take a tour of the site of the concentration camp, the barracks, while hearing about how the former garrison town transformed into a camp. Learn about how Terezin changed dramatically when the Nazis renamed it Theresienstadt and sent the first Jewish transports there in November 1941.  You will know more about the camp's history and the significance of the places. Finally, after the tour, you will return to Prague.

Terezin Concentration Camp Tour from Prague

2. Terezin Concentration Camp Tour from Prague

Take this tour of Terezin, the site of the notorious concentration camp run by the Nazis during their occupation of Czechoslovakia. With an expert guide you’ll visit the Memorial of National Martyrdom, built in memory of the victims of Nazi political and racial persecution during World War II. This is the only such site of its kind in the Czech Republic. You’ll also visit the small fortress which served as a prison for the Prague Gestapo. As you explore the site, you’ll learn about the persecution of the Czech nation by the Nazi regime and the fates of Czech prisoners transferred to other concentration camps within Nazi Germany’s Third Reich. Lastly, you’ll see the Ghetto Museum, which was opened in 1991 in the building that housed the former Terezín School. The Museum’s exhibits were arranged with the assistance of former prisoners of the Terezín Ghetto.

From Prague: Tour of Terezin Concentration Camp

3. From Prague: Tour of Terezin Concentration Camp

Embark on a guided tour of the Terezin concentration camp on a day trip from Prague. Gain an understanding of life in a concentration camp and see an authentic Gestapo prison.  Depart from Prague on an air-conditioned bus and hear about the impact and legacy of WWII and Nazi presence in the Czech Republic. Arrive at Terezin and make your way into the museum located in the Large Fortress, formerly an all-boys school. Explore what once 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. Hear the stories of those who were imprisoned there and view a propaganda film before moving on to the cemetery and crematorium. Next, cross the river and tour the horrifying conditions for prisoners held in the Small Fortress, from the cell of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassin to the firing squads organized by the Gestapo. Once the tour is over, board the bus back to Prague.

From Prague: Half Day Trip to Terezín with Admissions

4. From Prague: Half Day Trip to Terezín with Admissions

Be picked up at your hotel in Prague and travel to Terezín for a half-day trip of the town. Meet your guide in Terezín and visit some of the town’s historic locations. The small fortess was built-in the 18th century by Emperor Joseph II. During WWII the fortress served as a Gestapo Police prison and Jewish ghetto and concentration camp. Visit the small fortress and the Ghetto Museum and learn more about the town’s history. The Ghetto Museum opened in 1994 and is home to a permanent exhibition devoted to the history of the political prison and the persecution of the Czech nation under the Nazi regime.

From Prague: Terezín Monument Tour

5. From Prague: Terezín Monument Tour

Explore Terezín on a guided tour from Prague, and discover the site of the former concentration camp from World War II. Visit the former Jewish Ghetto, Terezín Fortress, and the Ghetto Museum to learn more about the Nazi occupation of the Czech Republic. Begin with pickup at your Prague hotel and drive to the town of Terezín and its fortress in an air-conditioned bus. 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 a school. Learn more about the history of the town of Terezín. Understand more about World War II and its impact on Europe and the Czech Republic in particular. At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to Prague city center.

From Prague: Terezín Memorial and Jewish Ghetto with Lunch

6. 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 stark reminders of the days of horror and suffering that happened there. You’ll also hear stories of the friendship, courage, and bravery that was shown by those living there at the time.  After the excursion, move on to the amazing historical city of Litomerice for a lunch prepared in the beautiful artisan restaurant of a 16th-century Renaissance house. After a food tasting in a unique cozy restaurant, return to Prague with an expected arrival time of 3 PM.

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.

From Prague: Terezin Former Concentration Camp Private Tour

8. 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 Getto Museum and Magdeburg Barracks, the Jewish cemetery. 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 prisoners left the world striking examples of human potential and the power of compassion. 

From Prague: Terezín Concentration Camp Day Tour

9. From Prague: Terezín Concentration Camp Day Tour

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. Choose a group tour by train or minibus or enjoy a private tour with transfers by train. Following your transfer from Prague, 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 striking examples of human potential. Terezín played a double role, both in the Nazi pursuit of the Final Solution, and their propaganda efforts to conceal the Holocaust. See the monuments and memorials at Terezín, and visit the museum to find hidden traces of its dark past. Discuss present-day attitudes towards Terezín, and learn the history of the town, from its time as a Habsburg Empire garrison town, the visit of the Red Cross, and the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her children's paintings.

From Prague: Private Tour to Terezin with Guide and Car

10. 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). 

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What people are saying about Terezin

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4.4 / 5

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family of 4. adults and children/teens learned a lot. everyone left feeling sad. it was such a horrible time with so many terrible things done. the guide in the camp spoke loud and clear. the guide in the bus used a microphone. it was easy to understand. she narrated in English and French but it was still easy to follow. make sure you eat breakfast. it ends around 3 pm when u get back to downtown prague

Place is astonishing. Guides are very knowledgeable and explain every detail. Transportation picked us up at our doorstep, and tools us for a 1-hour drive from Prague to Terezin. This activity takes about 5 hours so make sure to give it at least half a day in your travel plans.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes history. The guides spoke Spanish although with some difficulty, but they were understood.

Great experience, the guide was very helpful and precise. We departed and got back on time.

This was a great tour, a very educational & emotive experience.