Explore the Hall of the Red Army and visit the mausoleum that displayed the mummy of Klement Gottwald, first chairman of the KSC, the adjoining laboratory and temperature control center, and numerous sites that show the life of Prague under totalitarianism on this private in a 3-hour walking tour in Prague with an historian guide.
Explore the decorations and statuary of The Hall of the Red Army with a historian guide on a private 3-hour walking tour. Visit also the mausoleum that displayed the mummified corpse of Klement Gottwald, first chairman of the KSC, along with the adjoining laboratory and temperature control center, where a team of doctors, cosmetologists and technicians cared for the embalmed body. Enjoy the panorama of the city and the Žižkov Television Tower, an example of high-tech architecture that looms above the rest of the city’s skyline, while standing atop Vitkov Memorial.
Coming back to the city center, you will visit key sites that focus on the life of Prague residents under totalitarianism. You look out on Letna Hill where the world’s largest Stalin statue once stood, staring down menacingly on the city. Contemplate the site where poems, pictures, complaints and hopes were scrawled by individuals yearning for freedom at the famed John Lennon Wall.
Visit Wenceslaus Square next, the point of convergence for the Warsaw Pact tanks that crushed the Prague Spring of 1968, ending the 8-month period when freedom of speech and of the press blossomed. By the end of your tour, you will have a broad picture of the rise of communism in Czechoslovakia and of the consequences and key events of the Velvet Revolution, which ended the long Cold War era and swept Vaclav Havel, a dissident playwright and a prisoner of conscience, to the presidency of today’s liberal democracy, which is still recovering from the social and economic effects of totalitarianism.