The Prague Old Town area is a labyrinth of winding medieval streets lined with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and churches. Let us guide you through this labyrinth and show you all the hidden gems. We’ll tell you the quarter’s amazing stories. Even if you are not used to doing a lot of walking, do not worry. Prague‘s historical center is very compact. Also, vehicles are not allowed in the most intriguing areas.
Book both the left and the right riverbank tours, and get a 45-minute boat ride under the Charles Bridge and through the so-called Prague Venice Canal with refreshments for two people for free (if you are more than two people the rest of your group gets a discounted price on the boat trip: 210 CZK / person, normal price 340 CZK).
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The Prague Old Town, founded in 1234, was the first of Prague’s original five towns. The Old Town’s ancient streets, most meandering around Old Town Square, are lined with many Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist buildings, churches and theaters, forming a huge museum of architecture under the open sky. As the hour approaches, you will get to see a spectacle at the Astronomical Clock, one of Prague´s main attributes, taken straight from the Middle Ages. We will also visit the unique Jewish quarter – Josefov. The quarter kept its unique heritage during World War II. The oldest preserved synagogue in Europe is to be seen in Prague!
When the Lesser Town’s Jewish section was destroyed in the 11th century, Jews took refuge in the area near the Old Town. Between the 14th and 18th centuries, they suffered through pogroms, a destructive fire and expulsion from Prague. But there were good times as well. From 1597 to 1609 Jehuda Loew ben Becalel, commonly called Rabbi Loew, was a much respected chief rabbi of Prague who even met with Emperor Rudolf II. Under Emperor Josef II Jews enjoyed some freedoms and even more after the 1848 revolution, when they received equal rights and were allowed to live where they chose. The plight of the Jews across the centuries becomes almost tangible, given that most of the area is made up of the Jewish Museum that includes four synagogues and a cemetery. If you would like to visit the interiors of the Prague Jewish Museum, book the Prague Jewish Quarter and Museum Tour.
The New Town was founded in 1348 by Charles IV just outside the city walls of the Old Town. When it was established, Prague became the third largest city in Europe, after Rome and Constantinople, which is now Istanbul. The New Town’s dominant landmark is Wenceslas Square – the most famous square in the whole country because all the decisive Czech revolutions of the 20th century took place right there. It is the best place in Prague to learn about the foundation of Czechoslovakia, the period of the second world war, the Communist regime, the Velvet Revolution and the Velvet Divorce (the split of Czechoslovakia).
In Prague we highly recommend choosing our custom-tailored walking tours rather than the driving tours because the most fascinating places in the historical center are accessible only for pedestrians. One can always use public transportation or take a taxi, which will be much cheaper than hiring a car and a driver. Nevertheless, if you need a driving tour check out our 4-hour driving tour of Prague. In the evening, we also recommend your our popular Prague Beer Tour.
|Sights to See||Astronomical Clock, Charles University, Clementinum, King's Way, Municipal House, New Town - Wenceslas Sq., Jewish Quarter - Josefov|
|Interiors||Upon Request:, Clock Tower (elevator), Museum of Communism|
|Included||Private tour guide, map of Prague with discount coupons, Prague souvenir magnet (supporting a charity)|
|Excluded||Entrance fees, food and drinks|
|Availability From-To||All year round|
|Departure Time and Location||We will pick you up at the agreed place and time, most likely at the reception of your hotel in Prague. (To be specified in the request form below)|
|Return Location||We will finish the tour anywhere you wish in Prague.|
|Means of Transportation||Walking and/or Driving - Car, Van, Minibus, Bus and/or Walking / Public Transportation (upon request)|
|Required Walking Ability||Low|
|Language||All tours are in English, but exceptions can be made in advance.|
|Additional Info||During the tour your personal guide will give you invaluable information about cultural life, dining venues, safe money exchange, tips for remaining days of your stay, etc.|