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Prague World War II & Communism Tour

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25 EUR

Do you know what life was like in Czechoslovakia during its 50 years of totalitarianism? And why one of the most interesting Jewish museums is located in Prague? This tour is designed to give you a full understanding and bring you closer to the events that took place under this dictatorial regime.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • German

Highlights

  • See the memorial on Národní St. dedicated to hundreds of student protesters
  • Learn what happened to the Czech paratroopers who assassinated the Nazi commander Reinhard Heydrich at the National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror
  • Hear the stories of people who stood up against the regime at Wenceslas Square
  • Visit the former Gestapo headquarters at Petschek Palace
  • Listen to chilling WWII tales at the Old Town Square
  • Find out why several Jewish sights survived destruction at the historic Jewish Quarter

Description

Together we’ll explore the most important sites connected with WWII and the communist regime in the country. First we’ll visit a memorial plaque on Národní St. dedicated to hundreds of student protesters who were brutally beaten by communist police. After a short walk we’ll visit a museum founded in honour of the brave Czech paratroopers who successfully assassinated Reinhard Heydrich – “The Butcher of Prague”, but finally died in a battle against 700 Germans. The next stop is Wenceslas Square where many demonstrations against the communist totalitarian regime took place. You’ll be moved by stories of people who stood up against the oppression and were ready to put their lives at risk in the hope of possible change.

We’ll also take a look at the former Gestapo headquarters – the place that people feared most. Once you entered, you never returned. From there we’ll walk directly to the Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter where several other WWII stories will be revealed. You’ll find out why Prague is still home to several Jewish sights even though it was occupied from the very beginning of the war.

So, are you ready to experience a completely different kind of tour?

What’s included & not included

  • Professional local tour guide
  • Heydrich Museum ticket
  • Public transporation ticket

Meeting point

At the bottom of Wenceslas Square

Reviews from travellers (22)

5.0/5

Great tour to understand what happened during WWII and under Communism
Honza is an excellent guide. He is well educated, informed and thoughtful. He guided us through almost 100 years of history in an understandable and interesting manner. His stories made history come to life and made it seem more personal. We learned a lot and enjooyed our time with him. He was most generous with his time and knowledge. Excellent experience!
Tragedy and Triumph in the Czech Republic
We signed up for this tour not knowing quite what to expect, but we were aware of both the Nazi and Communist invasions/takeovers of Czechoslovakia and wanted to learn more. Our guide Michal provided significant and detailed information about the tragedies and heroism of the Czech people under both regimes. Facts and analysis were at Michal's fingertips and we visited places in Prague we would not have otherwise seen or even been aware of. One can read about historical incidents and get some flavor of events, but to see, for example, bullet holes in building facades, the place where the Gestapo "interviewed" prisoners, where the assassins of Hitler's top representative in Prague were betrayed and committed suicide after the Nazis overcame their defenses, and where the young Czech students immolated themselves to protest Soviet domination, brings history to life. Michal gave us almost more information than we could absorb, but he was passionate about his country's past and current history, political and otherwise. While it may not appeal to all, if you have any interest in 20th century history, this tour is a must.
Excellent tour
We really enjoyed our tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He seemed to have an excellent grasp of the topic and told us a lot of things we would never have been able to find out on our own. Seeing the different sites where things actually took made the tour feel very authentic. This was the best tour we had in Praha. Our guide didn't not try to rush the tour which was great. He was able to answer all of our questions. One bit of feedback we would suggest is to describe what life was like under communism for the average person. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we would definitely work with your company again. Thank you.
Great Tour
We had a little trouble meeting up due to inadequate description on the voucher, but I was able to get in tough with the company and met out guide a few minutes late. And he was very gracious and personable. My wife and I basically had a private tour. Jack was our guide- and I had seen other comments raving about him and agreed with these positive comments. He has a lot of knowledge though friends and personal experience of the history of the effects of the Nazi and later Communist takeovers. The most dramatic experience was certainly the Church where the insurgents were trapped after they killed a Nazi leader. Overall. a great tour.
Fantastic experience
Mike is a very knowledgeable guide we learned so much. And loved the experience. Definitely we’ll use him again.
Informative and entertaining
Great History Tour!
Jack/Honza was our guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about communism and WWII and related events in the Czech Republic. The Butcher of Prague story was totally amazing and captivating as is his recount of the Velvet Revolution and the events occurring in Wenceslas Square. Alas, our feet were killing us from too much touring and Jack graciously sat at a coffee shop with us and finished his tour, as well as allowed us to ask our many questions. i highly recommend this tour!
Great tour
Mike, our tour guide was great. He was very well organized and informative. My large family were the only people on the tour so we got to ask lots of questions and Mike was great with answering them. He is very knowledgable and passionate and proud of the history of the Czech Replublic.
WWII and Communism tour Prague
Highly recommend
Michal presented non stop information over the occupation by the nazi's until the fall of communism. He filled in alot of gaps to my knowledge and inspired to look up the bits he didn't cover; only so much can be covered in 3 hours. Be prepared for information coming out of chronological order.
Super Tour, sehr empfehlenswert!
Die Tour war sehr informativ und kurzweilig. Wir konnten Mike alle Fragen stellen und er ist flexibel auf unsere Interessensschwerpunkte im Kontext der Thematik eingegangen. Würden die Tour jederzeit wieder buchen!
Wonderful Tour!!
Mike was a fantastic tour guide and really brought this era to life. We saw some really interesting sites and he told us some riveting stories. I highly recommend this tour.
Great guide
We had the advantage of being in a very small group (only two of us) so it was essentially a private tour. We could ask him many questions about what we saw which would be more difficult in a larger group. The guide knew his subject well.
Fascinating
Love it
The best!! You will not regret taking up this tour. Mike is very knowledgeable and patient. It is very worth the money spent, I definitely enjoyed it very much. Would highly recommend this
We give it a 4. Thanks.
The World War II and Communism tour was excellent!
Michal was vey knowledgeable, and presented the information in a simple and thought provoking way. He held your attention and I will remember a lot of the stories he told for a very long time. I'm very glad I booked this tour.
The tour was excellent. Our tour guide, Mike, knew the history of the era extremely well. He recounted interesting stories. It rained during the entire tour but none of us thought of leaving. I would highly recommend this tour.
Our layover flight was cancelled so we missed our originally scheduled small tour. For a small additional fee, they booked us a private tour and it was well worth it! We very much appreciated Max working to fit us in as we only had 2 full days in Prague. Michael was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable. The most interesting part for us was learning about Reinhard Heydrich's assassination right in Prague. We LOVED Prague
The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, with a real enthusiasm for the subject which was very specialist. He brought the tour alive with old photos and articles on his tablet. A walking tour such as this is a great way to see some of the hidden aspects of Prague, highly recommended
Mike was first class, young, enthusiastic and knew masses of background information. Responded very well to all our areas of special interest. We enjoyed discussing many historical issues with him. Fabulous.
Mike was a great guide who gave a lot perspective to the stories of what life was like under both Nazi and Communist rule. We did quite a lot of walking to many of the important sites and heard the major stories of Czech history under these regimes. I definitely want to learn more.
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