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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 half-day guided tour which starts in the heart of Prague in front of the Rudolfinum building, where you will meet our assistant with a blue and white umbrella. On the bus, you have the opportunity to listen to an audio guide right on your phone that will introduce you to the history of the Czech lands, the history of the Jews in our country, and the history of the town of Terezín. Our English-speaking assistant will be available to take care of you throughout the whole time. In the small fortress of Terezín, you will take part in a guided walk with a local guide in the language of your choice. 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.  After all of this, you will be safely transported back to Prague by our minibus. Enjoy this historically significant place to the fullest and explore with us the dark history that lies behind the gates of the Small Fortress of Terezín.

From Prague: Terezín Monument Tour with Tickets and Pickup

2. From Prague: Terezín Monument Tour with Tickets and Pickup

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: 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: Terezín and Ghetto Museum Guided Tour

4. From Prague: Terezín and Ghetto Museum Guided Tour

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.

Terezin Concentration Camp Tour from Prague

5. 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.

Terezin Memorial: Entry Ticket Combo w. Guided Walking Tour

6. Terezin Memorial: Entry Ticket Combo w. Guided Walking Tour

Gain entry to 3 of the main historical sites of the Terezin Memorial and learn about the historical events which took place here during WWII and the people who were affected. Visit the Small Fortress, where a guided tour is included, and the Main Fortress - the ghetto - at your own pace (no guiding service is provided there). Start the tour at the Small Fortress outside of the ticket office where you meet your tour guide. From 1940 to 1945 the Small Fortress served as the prison of the Prague Gestapo. Visit the permanent exhibition that is devoted to the history of the political prison; it bears witness to the persecution of the Czech nation under the Nazi regime during the Second World War and records the fates of Czech prisoners transferred to other concentration camps within the Nazi German Reich. Afterwards, make your own way to the former Terezin Ghetto where the Ghetto Museum, Magdeburg Barracks, prayer room and crematorium are located. You will not be needing a guide there so you will continue on your own. The Ghetto Museum is located in the former municipal school and you will see there the Permanent exhibition: Terezín in the Final Solution, 1941-1945. In addition to this documentary exhibition, there is also a Memorial Hall of the Terezín Ghetto’s Children, devoted to its youngest victims, plus a selection from the world-famous drawings made by children from the Ghetto. The Magdeburg Barracks was established in Terezín on November 24, 1941. After the Nazi occupation of the Czech lands, the Magdeburg Barracks played a particularly important role in the Ghetto. The Barracks housed the offices of the different departments of the Ghetto’s so-called Jewish self-administration, as well as flats of some of the Ghetto’s leading officeholders. The Magdeburg Barracks were though also known as a venue of major cultural events, divine services, lectures, and meetings. The Crematorium, Terezín Jewish Cemetery, and Columbarium are located approximately 0,5 kilometers by walk from the Terezin Ghetto and 1,5 kimoteres from the Small Fortress. If you travel to Terezin by bus you find two bus stops there - one in the former ghetto (on the square) and one in front of the Small Fortress. If you travel by car, there is a parking lot in front of the Small Fortress and in the ghetto you can park on the square (free of charge). Make sure that you have enough time for your visit - the guided tour in the Small Fortress takes approx. 1 hour, however, there are also some other places which you can see there after the tour, so it is best to have at least 1,5 hours for the Small Fortress and other at least 2 hours for the visit of the former ghetto.

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 Concentration Camp Private Tour

8. From Prague: Terezin Concentration Camp Private Tour

During this tour you will learn about World War II and its impacts on former Czechoslovakia. Terezín is the name of a former military fortress and garrison town. In the late 18th century the Habsburg Monarchy erected the fortress as a stronghold against the Prussians from the North. They named it after Empress Maria Theresa. Terezín´s most tragic chapter came during WWII (1939-45). In 1940 Prague's Gestapo installed the Minor Fortress police prison. About 32,000 prisoners passed through the Minor Fortress between 1940 and 1945, of whom 2,500 were killed by hunger, disease, tyrannical guards and executions. In 1941 the town of Terezín was changed by the Nazis into a Jewish ghetto-transit camp. Until the end of the war more than 150,000 deportees passed through the camp, 35,000 of whom died there. Russian forces liberated Terezín on May 10, 1945, 8 days after Berlin had fallen to the Allies. Today the camp stands as a memorial to the dead and a monument to human depravity. As you enter the main gate, the sign above it, ARBEIT MACHT FREI (Work Sets One Free), sets a gloomy tone. You can walk through the prison barracks, execution grounds, workshops, and isolation cells. During this tour you will also visit a local museum about the Terezín concentration camp and see an educational movie.

TEREZÍN a dark and tragic place in the history of Europe

9. TEREZÍN a dark and tragic place in the history of Europe

A dark and tragic place in the history of Europe, scene of the extermination of many thousands of innocent victims. A reminder of the horrors of the Second World War – this is Terezin, one of the Nazi concentration camps. Our guide will show you the area of the concentration camp and you will hear authentic recollections of former inmates. Visits to this place serve as a stark warning to prevent the recurrance of similar horrors in future.

Private Half-Day Tour To Terezin Concentration Camp

10. Private Half-Day Tour To Terezin Concentration Camp

Terezin was a military fortress built in the 18th century was converted into a concentration camp during World War II. The part called „Big Fortress“ became a ghetto-concentration camp for Jews, whereas the „Small Fortress“ was used as a Gestapo police prison. Terezin was not only a place of suffering but also a place of courage, self–sacrifice and the never ending struggle to save those who were destined to be victims of the Holocaust. What you will see? The Small Fortress Since June 1940 the Small Fortress served as a Gestapo prison because the main Gestapo prison in Prague started to be overcrowded. The prison existed until the 8th of May 1945 and during the 5 years of its existence approximately 35 000 prisoners went through its gates. They were mostly political prisoners and prisoners of war, as well as Jews, Roma, handicapped and regular criminals. Our private guide will show you the entire prison. We will start at the administrative court where prisoners arrived, see the office of the commander, then we will walk through the men’s section of the prison where we will see the mass cells, Jewish cell and the solitary cells. We will walk through the wall tunnels, see the shooting range and the fourth courtyard of the prison with bigger mass cells later built by the Nazis due to lack of space in the prison. We will also watch a short 10 min propaganda movie made by the Nazis for the International Red Cross. The Big Fortress The Big Fortress is located approximately 1 mile away from the smaller fortress and since November 24 it served as a Ghetto for Jews. During 3,5 years of its existence around 155 000 jews passed through its gates. 63 transport left Terezin for the extermination camps in Poland, carrying 87 000 prisoners. Only 3600 of them survived the war. Approximately 35 000 people died in the Ghetto itself, mostly from diseases and lack of nutrition. Visit with our private guide the Museum of the Ghetto located in the former barracks for boys. There we will learn about the history of Holocaust and the life in the Ghetto. The entire ground floor section of the museum is dedicated to the children that lived and perished in Terezin. The last section of the museum is focused on the extermination camps. Afterwards we will visit the hidden chapel. The hidden synagogue in Terezin was one of six such hidden synagogues in Terezin. The one we will visit is hidden in a storage room because any signs of Jewish religion were banned by the Nazis. We will then continue to the Magdeburg barracks where we will see what the dormitories looked like and we will learn about culture in the Ghetto. Many of the Jewish prisoners were accomplished artists. At the end of the tour our private guide will take you to the Krematorium which is located outside of Terezin’s walls. It was built in 1942 and the victim’s bodies were cremated there. Next to the Krematorium lies a mass graveyard.

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We booked this tour for Terezin and we were welcomed by a kind, friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful guide (Jarka). Departure at 8.30 am where we got on a minibus that took us to the small fortress; going around the camp we were able to visit the places where the daily activities of the concentration camp took place (the accommodation, the showers, the medical center, the laundry, etc.) after which, still with the minibus, we moved to the large fortress as well as the city of Terezin and we was able to visit the museum dedicated entirely to the massacre of children that took place there. As the last stop, the minibus took us to the crematorium and each of these stops was interesting and touching thanks above all to our guide who explained each step to us in detail. We recommend this tour.

We liked everything. Departure was punctual, the journey, which lasted about an hour, went smoothly. The visit was very interesting, with the guide being very practical in the explanations given. The visit to the Museum, without a guide, also went well. It's an intense, naturally sad place. It is a place to visit so that what was done to the Jewish People NEVER FORGET and so THAT IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

A very interesting tour in a place that we’d never heard of before our visit. Both our guides were very knowledgeable and interesting. Definitely recommend

Excellent trip, the guide went above and beyond what we were expecting and the whole day was smooth and enjoyable. Would highly recommend this tour

both guides were brilliant and informative. trip was very enlightening. worth a visit