During this Prague – Terezin Concentration Camp tour, you will learn about World War II and its impact on former Czechoslovakia. You will ask yourself why such atrocities happen, how these horrors of humanity could occur. Terezin is a former military fortress and garrison town erected in the late 18th century by Habsburg Emperor Joseph II and named after his mother, Empress Maria Theresa. It was built as a stronghold to ward off the Prussians, though no battles took place there. Terezin’s most tragic chapter came during World War II (1939-45).
“Jay provided a customized day trip from Prague to Terezin (former concentration camp – Theresienstadt). Our driver-guide Veronica did an excellent job. She was clearly passionate about the history of Terezin and its significance for the Czech people and the Jewish people. Could not recommend the tour or the company more highly…” Read more testimonials at our Private Prague Guide Day Tours profile at the TripAdvisor.com.
45 min. Prague – Terezin Concentration Camp transfer
1, 5 hour tour of the Terezin Small Fortress – former Gestapo Prison
1,5 hour tour plus propaganda film at the Ghetto Museum in the Terezin Big Fortress
2 hour tour of the Terezin Big Fortress – crematorium, prayer room and other sights
45 min. Terezin to Prague transfer
This is a private tour, so the itinerary can be adjusted as you wish.
In 1940 Prague´s Gestapo installed the Terezin Small Fortress police prison. About 32,000 prisoners passed through the Terezin Small Fortress between 1940 and 1945, Approximately 2,500 people died – some of hunger or disease, while others were overworked, tortured and executed. In 1941 the town of Terezin was transformed by the Nazis into a Jewish ghetto-transit camp. Until the end of the war, more than 150,000 deportees came through the camp. Some 35,000 inmates died there. Russian forces liberated Terezin on May 8th, 1945, eight days after Berlin had fallen to the Allies. Today the well-preserved concentration camp stands as a memorial to the dead and a monument to human depravity.
As you enter the gate of the Terezin concentration camp Small Fortress, a former Gestapo prison, the sign above it, ARBEIT MACHT FREI (Work Sets One Free), sets an eerie and gloomy tone. You will walk through the ghastly prison barracks, the execution grounds where firing squads murdered innocent people, the workshops, the dark solitary confinement cells and a cemetery that was built after the war, where you can pay homage to the victims of this horrific era.
– Former Gestapo Prison Cells
– Jewish Punishment Cell
– Solitary Cells
– Tunnel, 500 metres long (we can skip this part if you don´t like tunnels)
– Execution grounds
– Swimming Pool for Nazi families
– Barracks for 120 SS guards, now a Museum
– Lord’s House where the Commandant and some of the guards lived
Afterwards, we will drive you to the Terezin Big Fortress, a former Jewish ghetto featuring the Museum of the Terezin Concentration Camp, where you will see many chilling artifacts, such as a collage of drawings by children imprisoned at the camp. Not to be missed is the propaganda movie, which was produced by the Nazis to present Terezin as a “gift” to the Jews from Hitler. This propaganda movie was supposed to dispel rumors about the horrors of life in concentration camps. After visiting the museum, we will drive you around the Big Fortress, show you different buildings and explain their roles during World War II. You will see Nazi headquarters and the headquarters of the Jewish self-administration. You will also be shown the barracks where tens of thousands of Jews lived in vile conditions. A prayer room, a tiny family accommodation for the Jews, a crematorium, a columbarium and the Terezin concentration camp ramparts are all on this trip’s thought-provoking itinerary. You will learn how hunger, stress from slave labor and epidemics riddled prisoners’ lives at the concentration camp.
– Ghetto Museum
– Former SS Camp Headquarters
– Former Ghetto Guards Station
– Former seat of the Council of Elders
– Former Jewish Dormitories
– Former railway tracks
– The Crematorium
– The Columbarium
– Jewish Prayer Room
– Replica attic used by craftsmen
After visiting Terezin’s Big Fortress on this unforgettable excursion, we will drive you back to your hotel in Prague.
|Location||60 km / 1 hour drive north of Prague (direction Germany - Dresden)|
|Sights to See||Terezin Small Fortress - former Gestapo Prison, Terezin Big Fortress - former Jewish Ghetto|
|Interiors||Gestapo Prison - Terezin Small Fortress, Ghetto Museum - Terezin Big Fortress, Prayer Room, Crematorium (closed on Saturdays), The Magdeburg Barracks: Former seat of the Council of Elders|
|Included||Car / van, driver-guide, fuel, parking fees|
|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|
|Required Walking Ability||Low|
|Language||All tours are in English, but exceptions can be made in advance.|
|References||Jay Pesta provided a custom tour for five of us to visit Terezin (former concentration camp - Theresienstadt). Our driver/guide Veronica did an excellent job. She was clearly passionate about the history of Terezin and its significance for the Czech people and the Jewish people imprisoned there as well as all of us who must not forget what happened there. Could not recommend the tour or the company more highly.|