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Prague Through the Eyes of Franz Kafka 2.5-Hour Tour

1. Prague Through the Eyes of Franz Kafka 2.5-Hour Tour

Explore Prague through the life and times of the city’s most famous author on a 2.5-hour Franz Kafka tour. After meeting your guide, stroll through the sites with a history related to Kafka. The author of “Metamorphosis,” “The Trial” and “The Castle,” Kafka spent much of his life and wrote many of his literary works in Josefov, Pragueʼs former Jewish Ghetto. Follow your guide to some of the apartments where the Kafka family lived. Discover where Franz Kafka went to school and university. Go to the house where he 1st met his future wife, Felice Bauer. Pass by some of the salons and synagogues that inspired his literary contemplations. Each stop has a Kafka connection and includes a short reading from his work. Along the way, learn more about the history of Prague, and especially the fate of its Jewish community. Hear about Prague’s multicultural history and its broader relationship to art and literature.

Prague: Old Town and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour in German

2. Prague: Old Town and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour in German

Embark on a guided walking tour through the historic streets of Prague. Learn the history behind each turn from your guide and visit highlights, including the Jewish Quarter and the impressive astronomical clock. Start in Old Town Square, which is the site of the Church of Our Lady before Týn and was the main market square in Prague. Take a walk along picturesque streets by the Estates Theater and Charles University. See the Old Town Hall with its astronomical clock, and marvel at a masterpiece of Gothic science. Walk to the birthplace of Franz Kafka and discover the Jewish Quarter. Admire the Maisel and Pinkas synagogues before passing the old Jewish cemetery. See the New Town Hall and the Clementinum, before heading to Charles Bridge, where the tour ends.

Prague: 2-Hour Old Town and Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

3. Prague: 2-Hour Old Town and Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover the hidden history of Prague, and see the most popular sites of the “City of 100 Spires” on a 2-hour walking tour of the Old Town and Josefov neighborhood. Learn about the curious symbols on the Astronomical Clock, and hear about the life of the man on the big monument in Old Town Square; the Czechs' beloved Jan Hus! Discover Prague’s role in the development of culture and education in Central Europe as you are guided past the Karolinum complex of buildings from the 15th century. Go to the Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo) in Prague’s historic theater district, and admire the façade of the 18th-century cultural venue. Discover the birthplace of Franz Kafka, and look at the edifices of city churches. Then, venture into the former Jewish Ghetto in the tiny Josefov quarter, completely surrounded by the Old Town. See some of the city synagogues, and learn about the cramped conditions before the ghetto was destroyed in the early 20th century. Along the way, your guide will explain the formative history of Bohemia, and discuss why these sites are significant to the Czechs.

Prague: 3–Hour Castle Grounds Walking Tour and River Cruise

4. Prague: 3–Hour Castle Grounds Walking Tour and River Cruise

Start your tour with a short walk from the Old Town Square to the Clementinum. Head to Charles Bridge, and step onto a boat for a relaxing cruise along the river, complete with refreshments. Cruise past many important sites on a voyage up the legendary Devil’s Stream. Visit the Charles Bridge Museum to complete this leg of your tour. Follow your guide across Charles Bridge and learn about its intriguing history. From there, head to Malá Strana (Lesser Town), a part of Prague renowned for its red clay-tiled roofs and beautiful Baroque buildings. See Kampa Island, one of Prague’s secret jewels, where the beloved Lennon Wall is located. From Lesser Town, ride one of Prague’s trams to the top of Castle Hill where Prague Castle overlooks the entire city. Take the opportunity to walk around the many buildings that make up this expansive and historic castle. Discover the awe-inspiring St. Vitus Cathedral and the Romanesque St. George Basilica, known for its classical music concerts and numerous cultural displays. Finish your tour in the castle grounds in the city's oldest vineyard to capture stunning panoramic photographs of Prague. The journey on foot provides plenty of time for an entertaining and informative talk about Prague's famous sites throughout the tour.

Prague: Franz Kafka's City Exploration Game

5. Prague: Franz Kafka's City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Prague while playing a Franz Kafka-themed mobile quest with your friends and family. Solve clues, see beautiful palaces, and learn about the city’s fascinating history from the eyes of the famous writer. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues as you walk past popular city sites displaying a mix of ancient and modern in the heart of Prague. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Explore the Kafka Memorial and admire traditional Czech architecture. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Charles University

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4.8 / 5

based on 2,105 reviews

Great tour thanks to our very friendly and well-informed guide Eva. She included both historical and current information, informed about tourist traps, gave tips on where to exchange euros for Czech crowns and where to find good restaurants. We can absolutely recommend Eva as a guide.

Eva is a very warm and good guide who represents her city. She explains everything in great detail and takes the time to answer questions. Their tours are informative and entertaining. We recommend! We'll be back next time when we visit Prague!

Really enjoyed this tour — the details illuminated through the passion of the tour guide as a scholar in specific of Kafka as a human living in Prague. Several insights that were new to me beyond my own study of Kafka’s work.

Eva brought us closer to Prague in an entertaining and interesting way. Absolute recommendation!

We had Filip as our tour guide. He was simply fantastic. We learned a lot!