FREE Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map - Kosher Josefov
Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Prague’s Jewish Quarter Walking Tour:


Location: Prague’s Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
Cost: Free (optional costs below)
Style: Self-Guided Walking Tour
Start: National Theater (Rudolfinum)
End: Church of St Nicholas
Note: Jewish Synagogues Are Closed On Saturdays
Walking Distance: 1 mile
Time: 30 Minutes for walk (with sights 2-3 hours)
Fun Scale: 9 out of 10

 

Connecting Prague’s Old Town to the Little Quarter, Prague’s medieval Saint Charles Bridge is one of the City’s most magical experiences.  As you stroll across the Vltava and inspect the many surrounding sights, you will instantly feel like you’ve travels hundreds of years back in time.  Because of the St Charles Bridge’s central location is it very easy to pair your walk with one of the surrounding neighborhoods to make an unforgettable day.  We hope you enjoy our Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour!

History of Prague’s Jewish Quarter:

Prague Jewish Quarter In The 1600s

Jewish people have been living in Prague since as early as 970 A.D., but have walked a though road to gain acceptance and safety.  During 1st Crusade in 1096 A.D. Jews in Prague first started to feel angry and violent opposition from Christian groups.  In order to gain a safe foothold in the city, Prague’s Jewish population began to congregate in the Jewish Quarter or Ghetto.  The Jewish Quarter served them well when one of the biggest mob tried to wipe them out in 1389.  During the 1389 assault an astonishing 1,500 Jews were murdered, but it would have been even worse if it wasn’t for the Jewish Quarter to fall back on.  It was a rough time and the Jewish Quarter had its gates locked at night by the city and residents weren’t allowed to leave after dark.

In the 1500’s the Quarter finally started to hit its Golden Age when Jewish Mayor Mordechai Maisel was elected Prague’s Minister of Finance.  Maisel’s election not only helped to give the Jewish quarter a voice, but also helped them get much needed money for development.  These developments included paving the Quarter’s streets to building numerous Synagogues and a Town Hall.  The growth was huge as the Jewish population quickly became 25% of Prague’s residents and the largest numbers of Jews in any city in the World.  This Golden Age ended abruptly 200 years later when Austro-Hungarian Empress Maria Theresa expelled the Jews from Prague in 1745.

Prague Jewish Quarter Holocaust

When Empress Maria Theresa’s son Joseph II took over he became the Holy Roman Emperor you would think life would get even harder for Prague’s Jews, but the opposite happened.  Joseph II led a large number of reforms throughout Christendom that helped to improve the lives European Jews a lot easier.  They were allowed to come back to Prague’s Jewish Quarter and had the restrictions of their movements lifted.  The Quarter was even able to shed its Ghetto status and became an official district of Prague.  Because of these reforms the Jewish people in Prague started calling the Quarter Josefov in Emperor Joseph II’s honor.

The darkest time in the Jewish Quarter came when the Nazis arrived in 1939.  Within a year of the occupation most Jewish businesses were seized and public life became segregated.  Jewish citizens were restricted to the Ghetto and thousands were deported.  Most of the deportations involved sending people to other Ghettos to split up families or directly to death camps.  Of the over 100,000 Jewish that were “deported” from the area during the Holocaust, it is estimated that nearly 70,000 did not survive.  In total over 250,000 Jewish who lived in Czech Lands before 1938 died during the war.  Luckily through the hellish days, many Jewish artifacts were hidden from the Nazis and preserved for future generations.  There were also several times where children were rescued through an British adoption ring, both of which we touch on below.  Since being liberated in 1945, the Jewish community has slowly recovered to become a vibrant and delightful neighborhood to visit.

Jewish Quarter Walking Tour:

1. National Theater (Rudolfinum):

Free Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map Kosher Josefov - National Theater Rudolfinum
Free Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map Kosher Josefov - National Theater Rudolfinum Inside

About The National Theater: Construction on the Rudolfinum was started in 1876 and it served as a large concert hall for many performance including the Czech Philharmonic since 1896.  The Philharmonic’s first performance was under the baton of famed conductor Antonín Dvořák whom the main music hall, Dvořák Hall, is named after.  As the Hapsburg’s Austro-Hungarian Empire fell after WWI Rudolfinum’s initial run as a concert hall was cut short as the newly formed Czechoslovakian government turned it into their House of Commons in 1919.  Luckily they decided to keep the concert hall pretty much as and the large area in front of the beautiful organ is where the parliamentary leaders would presided over the Commons while in session.  This was mainly done to save money in remodeling the Hall but also allowed everything t stay well preserved.

When the Nazi’s took over during WWII they were able to quickly turn Rudolfinum back into a concert hall. For all of the horrible atrocities that the Nazi’s committed around Europe they seemed to have an appreciation of music halls even though they didn’t allow much freedom of expression in the performances.  Although is continued to function as a concert hall when the Nazi’s were kicked out, it took all the way until 1992 for it to be restored to its present glorious state.  Even if you can’t make a show, the Rudolfinum has two great spaces to rent for events, parties, and receptions as well as a wonderful art gallery.  The pink West Hall has large drapes and the feeling of a grand French Palace, but it is the blue Presidential Salon with its Turkish feel that we like the most.  Before leaving the Theater make sure to check out the large bustling square in front of it called Jan Palach Square.  Jan Palach was a student at nearby Charles University who burned himself alive in New Town’s Wenceslas Square while protesting Communist rule.

Musical Performances: Performances are common, but you’ll have to check the website for the current schedule.  Art Gallery Hours: Even if you can’t make the show they have a great gallery open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday from 10am-5:30pm; Thursday 10am-7:30pm; Closed Mondays.  Art Gallery Cost: 120 CZK for Adults; Seniors, Students and kids 70 CZK.  Theater Website: (HERE).

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Museum of Applied Arts

2. Museum of Applied Arts: The Museum of Applied Arts, unlike traditional art museums, mainly focuses on decorative household arts. There galleries cover everything from glass, ceramics, porcelain, graphic arts, photography, furniture, textiles, fashion and toys. Museum buffs will love how they are able to show the beauty in everyday items. Museum Hours: Tuesday 10am-7pm; Wednesday-Sunday 10am-6pm; Closed Mondays. Museum Cost: Permanent collection and exhibition 120 CZK for adults, 200 CZK for families, Children under 10 are Free. Museum Website: (HERE).

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, King Solomon Restaurant


3. King Solomon Restaurant:
King Solomon Restaurant truly is king when it comes to Kosher Restaurants in Prague. They are a little bit pricier than most of the tourist restaurants, but it is the only way to get the truly traditional Jewish experience. SHALOM Kosher Restaurant inside the Jewish Town Hall may be the most popular Kosher Restaurant in the Quarter, but King Solomon’s has a little more high end food.
King Solomon has some great meat fillets and dishes not to mention a pretty solid wine selection. Hours: Sunday-Thursday Noon-11pm; Friday opens at Noon but Dinner is by reservation only; Saturdays only open for Lunch by reservation. Cost: Best deal is the 3 course meal for 550 CZK. Facebook Page: (HERE). Restaurant Website: (HERE).

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Pinkas Synagogue


4. Pinkas Synagogue (Pinkasova Synagoga):
The small, house-like Pinkas Synagogue first opened as a private place of worship for the family of the wealthy Aron Horowitz in 1535. As Prague’s second oldest surviving Synagogue, it was named after Aron’s grandson Pinkas Horowitz and is has become a very powerful place to visit as a tourist.  Most of the emotion from visiting Pinkas comes from the nearly 77,297 names inscribed on the walls of Jews from Bohemia and Moravia that were sent to die in concentration camps by the Nazis in WW2. The staggering number of nearly 80,000 names followed are by birthday and last known day they were alive. Because the names are pretty much in alphabetical order by last name you can see that many families were all killed on the same day, likely by gas chamber. It is sad and emotional when the scale of all 77,297 names hit your eyes from every corner of the Synagogue’s interior, but it is an important reminder of the past. Making the experience even more powerful is the fact that the names are read out loud in between religious singing over the speakers. If you are wondering why the names on the ceiling are so much more faded than the walls it is because the ceilings are original and the walls had to be re-written in 1992 after being taken down during Soviet rule. Further restoration was done after a 2002 flood.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Old Jewish Cemetery

Maybe even more emotional then the names of the victims is touring the drawings and finger paintings in the Children’s Art Exhibit. The art in the Exhibit was made by children in the Terezín Concentration Camp from 1942-1944 under the direction of teacher Mrs. Friedl Dicker. Before being sent to her death at Auschwitz, Dicker hid 4,500 of the works of art in a briefcase which were later found and moved to Pinkas. Its powerful to know that only 120 of the children sent Terezín survived, as most were sent to the gas chamber, but they all get to live on through their art. When this restoration started Pinkas joined the Jewish Museum which had been established in 1906. Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Lots of tours groups from 10am-Noon. Cost: 300 CZK covers all 4 Jewish Museum Synagogues plus the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall.


5. Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Židovský Hřbitov):
With its oldest grave dating back to 1439 (Rabbi, poet and scholar Avigdor Karo), the Old Jewish Cemetery was the only place Prague’s Jews were allowed to bury their dead until Joseph II reforms started in 1787. When they were allowed to bury elsewhere the Cemetery quickly closed as it was bursting at the seems over capacity. In 350 years this small cemetery with 1,200 plot found itself with 12,000 headstones and up to an astonishing 100,000 estimated buried bodies. With no room in the Old Jewish Cemetery, residents continued to add new layers of dirt and in some places the graves are said to be 12 bodies deep. The constant addition of earth and headstones left the cemetery a gnarled collection of beautiful headstones shooting off in all directions. Because of its tangled headstones, the Old Jewish Cemetery is bar far our favorite place in Prague to take photos.

Prague Walking Tour Map Jewish Quarter

It is kind of strange to find a pre-WWII Jewish Cemetery still surviving in a country once occupied by the Nazis as they would often rip the headstone out to use them for shooting practice. Hitler grew found of Prague’s Jewish Cemetery and decided to leave in untouched, not out of endearment, but because I wanted it to served as a reminder of the extinct race after he killed all of the Jews. Hitler really was a sick man, but in this case his twisted mind left the headstones for us to admire today. Among the most famous headstones are Avigdor Karo who has the oldest grave, (1439), Mordechai Maisel the Mayor of the Jewish Town help spurred development (1601), and Rabbi Loew who is attached to the legend of the Golem explained later on this tour (1609). Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Cost: 300 CZK covers all 4 Jewish Museum Synagogues plus the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall. There aren’t any good free view points to really take in the Cemetery. They also make visitors pay an extra charge to take pictures but we’ve been able to sneak a few just fine.


6. Klausen Synagogue (Klausová Synagoga):
Klausen Synagogue is rather small by today’s standards which is fitting seeing how the word Klaus actually means small in German. It was built in 1604 in honor of a visit to the Jewish Quarter by Emperor Maximilian II and was actually the 2nd largest Synagogue in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Klausen has been reconstructed a couple of times over the years and today houses a great exhibition on Jewish customs and traditions. We found the exhibition here to be more enjoyable than the one at Ceremonial Hall as it focuses on Jewish festivals. The festivals are joined by other celebrations in Jewish life such as child births, male circumcisions, youth bar mitzvahs, and traditional weddings.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Klausen Synagogue

Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Cost: 300 CZK covers all 4 Jewish Museum Synagogues plus the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Ceremonial Hall


7. Ceremonial Hall (Obradni Sin):
While the exhibition inside Ceremonial Hall on Jewish customs and traditions isn’t overly thrilling, it is the building itself and will force it onto your must see list. Built in 1912, the picturesque Roman style Ceremonial Hall was made to house the Cemetery’s original Ceremonial Hall and mortuary. With an aged exterior and terracotta shingles, the new Ceremonial Hall reminds us of the beautiful ancient Orthodox Churches the litter old town Athens Greece. If you venture inside a series of paintings shows how Prague´s Burial Society took care of the sick and dying. Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Cost: 300 CZK covers all 4 Jewish Museum Synagogues plus the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall.


8. Jewish Town Hall
(Židovská Radnice): The Jewish Town Hall (Židovská Radnice) is was built by Mayor Maisel in 1586 as the start of a community revival. It is a fairly common looking building on the surface mainly because the Synagogues are much more important in Jewish life than a Town Hall. The most striking feature at the Town Hall are the 2 separate clocks stacked above one another. The higher one is a traditional clock with Roman numerals while the lower clock uses Hebrew numbers and spins backward to represent the Hebrew language being read from right to left. While the current Rococo added in the 1700’s may match the surrounding building built in the late 1800’s the clocks have survived the test of time.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Jewish Town Hall, Clock Tower

Inside the Town Hall is the SHALOM Kosher Restaurant (website).  The Jewish Community of Prague directly runs the SHALOM Kosher Restaurant which specializes in both Czech and Jewish cuisine. It is open daily for lunch11:30am-2pm which is great as some Kosher restaurants don’t open to the public on Saturdays. If you want to eat dinner here any or to eat any time on Saturday you are required to pay in advance during Sunday-Friday lunch hours. This is because in really traditional places you are not allowed to pay for your food during any Shabbat meals (dinner and Saturday lunch).

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Jewish Town Hall, Clock Tower


9. Old-New Synagogue (
Staranová Synagoga): Welcome to the oldest Synagogue in Europe which was built in 1280. The Synagogue was at first called the New Synagogue and quickly became the center of the then tiny Jewish community. As the Jewish Quarter started its Golden Age in the late 1500’s other newer Synagogues were built and the name Old-New Synagogue stuck.

The coolest folklore maybe in all of Prague is of Rabbi Yehudi Loew (1512-1609) and his Golem.  Rabbi Loew wanted a way to stop blood attacks and mass killings of Jewish people say he created a Golem creature out of clay and brought it to life with a magic stone. The Golem did its job but started to become unstable causing havoc around town so the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II asked the Rabbi to stop it and in exchange he would call for an end to the persecution of the Jews. The Rabbi agreed and the persecutions ended, but the Golem was stored in the attic of the Old-New Synagogue for safe keeping in case they ever need it again. This folklore is great fun and can be seen all around Prague in different forms from statues to paintings. In full disclosure, Emperor Rudolf II stepping in to end the persecution had a little more to do with the Jewish major borrowing him money to fund battles against the Turks at the same time, but the story is still a great one.

Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Cost: The best deal is the 500 CZK combo ticket which also covers all 4 Jewish Museum Synagogues plus the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Old New Synagogue


10. Restaurant of the Old Synagogue:
on the backside of town hall is a beautiful curved Art Nouveau building which houses the Italian restaurant Cantinetta Fiorentina (website) and the La Boutique Suisse. If is a favorite with photographers and marks the beginning of the Pařížská shopping Street. The building is formerly known as the Restaurace U Stare Synagogy. The Gothic-like tower is almost washed out by the unique colors. The brownish grey exterior, is peppered with floor to ceiling windows, balconies with bright gold embellishments, and capped off with blazing orange roof tiles.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, restaurant Cantinetta Fiorentina


11. Education & Cultural Center:
The Education and Cultural Center is often overlooked by most tourist but is a great resource for the more scholarly of you. It contains detailed manuscripts with information on Judaism with a focus on the history of Jewish people of Bohemia and Moravia. The Center is a great addition in the Jewish Quarter, especially for local youth, as the teaching of local history and customs was great suppressed through Nazi and Soviet rule. Symbolically the Center opened in 1996 on the 90th anniversary of the Jewish Museum’s founding. Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Cost: Typically Free; 2-4 day seminars available at an additional cost.


12. Maisel Synagogue:
In the late 1500’s wealthy resident Mordechai Maisel became Mayor of the Jewish community and later gained a lot of influence when he was appointed National Minister of Finance. Using this influence Maisel was able to invest in the neighborhood he represented and help revive it. His renovations spread to buildings such as the the Town Hall in 1586 and even to many streets themselves which can still be seen today. These works helped the community grow into its golden age and also made Maisel a revered leader in the community. He even used his position to loan money to Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II for his battles with the Turks which not only gained favor for the Nation, but also made Maisel one of the richest people in all of Prague.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Maisel Synagogue

With his new found wealth Mayor Mordechai Maisel had a Synagogue built here in 1590 as a private place of worship for his family which still bears his name. They really wanted their to be immaculate they filled it with a wealth of gold and silver which has been lost over time. Over the years Maisel Synagogue has been rebuilt twice due to fire, but Hitler left it untouched even though it is on the outer edge of the old Jewish Ghetto. He left the building because he wanted it to be part of a museum of the extinct race after he killed all of the Jews. Luckily Hitler has defeated and since 1995 the Synagogue has been part of Prague’s Jewish Museum celebrating the heritage of Jews in Bohemia and Moravia from the 900’s to 1800’s AD. The exhibit is carried over the the Spanish Synagogue, mentioned later, which covers the heritage from the late 1800’s-1945. Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Cost: 300 CZK covers all 4 Jewish Museum Synagogues plus the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Golema Restaurant


13. Golema Restaurant:
Themed restaurants are always fun and the cozy Golema Restaurant has one of our favorite atmospheres in Prague. The theme here is based of the the fabled Golem created by Rabbi Yehudi Loew in the early 1600’s to protect the Jewish Quarter.  The theme starts outside with a play design in the cobblestone and sign then moves inside. The decor is complete with street lamps, Golem figures, and exposed brick that helps give it an Old World feel. The food is pretty food good, but it is the intrigue that brings us back for more.  As you go North and head down Široká Street toward the next stop make sure to admire the amazing doorway to the apartment at #9 Široká Street. The doorway to the salmon colored building has two large angels flying out of its corners and one of the most interesting iron cast doors we’ve seen in a while. Restaurant Website: (HERE).

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Church of the Holy Spirit


14. Church of the Holy Spirit (Kostel Svatý Duch):
The statue of St John of Nepomuk marks the entrance to this large Catholic Church that was built for Prague’s Benedictine convent in the 1300’s. The Church was built at the boundary of the old Jewish Quarter and served as a stark dividing line between communities. Through the 1300’s the clashes got worse and attacks on Jews was very common. The biggest attack came during the 1389 assault when an astonishing 1,500 Jews were murdered, but it would have been even worse if it wasn’t for the Jewish Quarter to fall back on. It was a rough time and the Jewish Quarter had its gates locked at night by the city of Prague and residents weren’t allowed to leave after dark.

When Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I (1503-1564) took power Prague’s Jews were required to attend Catholic services at the Church of the Holy Spirit. This raised the drive in many of the communities Jews to retake their heritage and by the end of the 1500’s Prague’s Jews were free to worship and the Jewish Quarter began its Golden Age. Today the Churches close proximity to the Jewish Quarter serves as a symbol of peace in a melting pot of a city even though it has a divisive past.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map, Franz Kafka Statue


15. Franz Kafka Statue:
Franz Kafka monument. lived on the opposite side of the street, at 27 Dusni Street. Finished in 2004, 80 years after his death. The Statue depicts a smaller version of Kafka riding on the shoulders of a headless full-sized Kafka in a suit which was inspired by Franz’s early short story “Description of a Struggle”. The location was chosen not only because of it’s location to Kafka’s house but also for the location sitting right between a Catholic Church and a Jewish Synagogue.
Many of the characters in Kafka’s short stories were lived life under overpowering by bureaucracies with feeling of helplessness just like he had early in his life in Prague. These types of characters were easy for people to identify with changing the landscape of early 20th Century writing and leading to the term Kafkaesque for characters like this.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map, Spanish Synagogue


16. Spanish Synagogue (Španělská Synagoga):
Because the Islamic Moors controlled most of Spain from 700-1400 AD the builders of this Synagogue decided to call it the the Spanish Synagogue due to its Moorish style. The Synagogue was built in 1868, but the site is the oldest site of prayer in the Jewish Quarter with prior Synagogues dating back to 1142. We love the Muslim style architecture and it reminds us of some of the great Synagogues in Budapest. Today the Spanish Synagogue is part of Prague’s Jewish Museum celebrating the heritage of Jews in Bohemia and Moravia from the lat 1800’s to 1945 AD.

The exhibit is carried over the the Maisel Synagogue which covers the heritage from the late 900’s-1800’s AD. Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath. Cost: 300 CZK covers all 4 Jewish Museum Synagogues plus the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall.


17. Robert Guttmann Gallery:
The Guttmann Gallery, on the backside of the Spanish Synagogue, finally gives the Jewish community of Prague a permanent places to display local artists. The Gallery is named after the famous local painter Robert Guttman who died in the Jewish Ghetto in 1942 just 3 years after the Nazis arrived. Guttman was beloved not only for his talent, but also for his commitment to Jewish heritage and Zionism. Guttman’s work was featured at the grand opening and while most of the featured works are from between the later 1800’s to early 1900’s they also work in many up and coming young artists. Hours: Summer 9am-6pm; Winter 9am-4:30pm. Cost: 40 CZK; 20 CZK for Students.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map, Kolkovna CELINICE Restaurant


18. Kolkovna CELINICE Restaurant:
Kolkovna is a great local restaurant chain which delivers some of the best traditional Czech food in Prague at affordable prices. We love their tall beers and large outdoor eating spaces. Hours: Daily 11am-Midnight. Cost: Soups 35 CZK, Main Course 89 CZK. Restaurant Website: (HERE).

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map, Image Black Light Theatre


19. Pařížská Street Fancy Shopping:
Connecting the Jewish Quarter with Old Town Prague, Pařížská Street has high end shopping that rivals Schanzelize Street in Paris, 5th Avenue in New York City, and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. This tree-lined shopping paradise has everything from Prada, Swarovski, and much more to get your high fashion on.


20. Image Theatre:
The Image Theatre is an truly unique experience where dance, story telling, optical illusions, black lights, neon, and artistry all blend into a seamless collection of showmanship. The troop has been operating since 1989 and have an entire collection of established shows they rotate through their 7 day a week performances. It really is a refreshing twisting on entertainment. Cost: 480 CZK. Hours: Shows are typically at 8pm but they sometimes add a second performance at 6pm. Address: Pařížská 4. Theater Website: (HERE).
Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map, Old Town Square


21. Old Town Square:
The central heart of Prague is the highlight of our Old Town Prague Walking Tour. If you have enjoyed the Jewish Quarter then you are surely going to fall in love with Old Town. Make sure to follow our free walking tour to get the full experience and including all of the neighborhood’s best hidden gems you would miss otherwise.


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22. Jubilee Synagogue: Also known Jerusalem Synagogue for its location on Jerusalem Street, the Jubilee Synagogue is by far the most colorful and vibrant in all of Prague. This awesome Synagogue was built in 1906 and is as wonderful inside is out making it a favorite among photographers. It gets it name from the 50th anniversary of the rule of Franz Josef I. Its bright pink, blue, and yellow colors gleam on a design that blends Moorish and Art Nouveau architectural styles. It wasn’t until 2008 that this popular beauty finally opened its doors to non-Jews and tourists, but we are glad they finally did. The detailed interior with elegant ceilings, bright colors, and arabesque art will make you feel as if you are in an exotic Mosque in Istanbul. Jubilee is a treat that really will make you feel jubilee and since it is right by the train station you have no excuse not to check it out. Hours: Sunday-Friday 9am-4:30pm; stays open until 6pm April-October; Closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath.

Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Map, Jubilee Synagogue


23. Memorial of Nicholas Winton:
Nicolas Winton is one of the most famous people to help the Jewish population in Prague. In 1979 Nicolas’ wife Greta found a box in her attic with lists of Jewish children from Prague and letters from their parents, but had no idea why they were there. It turns out that 41 years earlier her husband, then a 30 year old clerk in the London Stock Exchange, saved the lives of 699 Jewish children and Greta never even knew about it. Nicholas had visited Prague in 1938 became concerned about the increasing amount of Jewish refugees and the oncoming march of Hitler’s army toward the Czech capitol.

Through his connections in the British government, Nicholas arranged trains to help children of Prague escape before the Nazis got there and even found them foreign foster homes. In order to find enough foster parents Britain agreed to pay British families a whopping 50 Pounds to take a child in which was a lot back then. Winton set up shop secretly in the Hotel Evropa and Jewish parents quickly showed up to get their kids on the list to safe them. Nicholas managed to get 8 trains out of Prague with 699 children before the Nazis showed up. When the 9th train left on September 3rd is was intercepted and all 250 children were killed ending Winton’s efforts on what was also the same day Britain entered WW2.

In the end the 699 kids that Winton saved sparked the Kindertransport Movement which saved an additional 10,000 children in Europe. After decades without recognition sculptor Flor Kent added a statue of Nicholas Winton seeing two kids off with a suitcase as a memorial in 2009 symbolically at Prague’s train station where the kids departed from. At the other end of the line in Liverpool Street Station in London, Kent installed another statue entitled “Für Das Kind Kindertransport Memorial” which was unveiled in 2003.


24. Jewish Cemetery in Žižkov:
Located near the train station, this large Cemetery originally started place of mass graves for the victims of the Plague in 1690. After burial restrictions for Jewish people in Prague was lifted in 1787, became the new primary place of burial for the Jewish community. Inflated by the number of local Jews killed in WII the Cemetery now holds over 40,000 graves. This number would be even much, much larger if most of the Holocaust victims weren’t buried as mass graves at the concentration camps.

Smallest House In Prague: This medieval home is the smallest in town at less than 7 1/2 feet wide and only 13 feet tall to the top of the roof. Location: Anezska street 4/1043