Get to grips with Prague's 1,000 years of tumultuous history on this 3-hour walking tour. Guided by a historian, visit key sites in the Old Town, New Town, and the Jewish Quarter while learning about the key events in the Czech capital's past while marveling at the city's extraordinary architecture, including the art nouveau Municipal Hall and Gothic Tyn Church.
Beginning in the Old Town in the morning or afternoon, this 3-hour guided walk through Prague will take you to key monuments and uncover hundreds of years of the city's fascinating history.
Setting out from Old Town Square, the ancient marketplace that established Prague as an important center for medieval trade, walk through the winding streets of Old Town and see the monuments and buildings that reveal the social and political complexities of Prague’s multicultural past. See the soaring late Gothic towers of Tyn Church and Old Town Hall, then visit the monument to religious reformer Jan Hus, a symbol of Czech national identity. You will then discover the impact that Czech intellectuals had on their nation’s political fortunes at Charles University, founded by Charles IV in 1348. Don't miss the university's oldest remaining structure, a lovely Gothic oriel window dating from 1370.
At Wenceslas Square learn about Prague’s 20th century ordeals; the Nazis held mass rallies here and it was also the point of convergence for the Warsaw Pact tanks that crushed the Prague Spring of 1968. Municipal House, built in 1911 and the greatest of the city’s many art nouveau masterpieces, will transport you back to the 20th century’s most optimistic moments for Czech independence.
Finally, ywalk through the Jewish Quarter and see the Old New Synagogue, the oldest functioning temple in Europe, as well as the ancient Jewish cemetery and the rococo Jewish Town Hall. Your tour ends at the Vltava River with a view of Prague Castle and additional historical insight from your guide.