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Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Zidovský Hrbitov) Tours and Activities

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Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Zidovský Hrbitov)
One of the largest cemeteries of its kind in Europe, with headstones dating back to the mid-1400s, the Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Zidovský Hrbitov) is an off-the-beaten-track destination where you can spend a peaceful hour or two. More than 100,000 of Prague’s Jewish citizens were buried here, and there are around 12,000 gravestones still in place.
 
The Basics
Historians estimate that the cemetery was first put to use during the early 15th century. The oldest grave, belonging to the rabbi and poet Avigdor Kara, dates to 1439. The most recent grave dates from 1787—burials were banned within the city limits after this time due to public health concerns. Headstones display various styles from different eras, including Renaissance, baroque and Gothic. Small pieces of paper held down with pebbles in front of the graves dot the space—local custom has it that the dead will answer your wish if you write it down and leave it in the graveyard, but only if weighted down with a stone brought from your hometown.
 
Visitors often come to the cemetery as part of a walking tour of the city, or as an additional activity after visiting the Jewish Museum. Special tours dedicated to the city’s Jewish history can provide additional insights.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cemetery is via ticket purchased at the Jewish Museum.
  • The graveyard is wheelchair accessible via the Klausen Synagogue entrance.
  • Headstones are very crowded together—with such limited space, graves were layered up to 10 bodies deep.
  • The cemetery’s Jewish name is Beth Chaim, which means House of Life.
 
How to Get There
The Old Jewish Cemetery is located in the Josefov area of the city, between Brehova, Maiselova, and Siroka streets. It is close to the river at the Staromestska metro stop (line A). Tramline 17 also stops close to the cemetery. Traveling by car is not recommended—most people visit on foot, often as part of a guided walking tour.
 
When to Get There
The cemetery is open every day, except Saturdays and Jewish holidays. Opening hours are 9am–4:30pm with extended hours in the summer—the exact dates change every year so check before visiting on summer evenings.
 
Astronomical Clock
A marvel of medieval engineering, the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti) is one of Prague’s most popular tourist attractions. Every hour, on the hour, carved figures of the Apostles parade past windows in the clock to the delight of the visitors gathered below.
Address: Siroka 3, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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Prague Old Town New Town and Jewish Quarter Morning Tour

Prague Old Town New Town and Jewish Quarter Morning Tour

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Prague is full of winding streets that can be hard to navigate alone, so avoid getting lost on a guided tour. The city has a long and interesting history. Your enthusiastic local guide will tell you stories from throughout the centuries, and bring the beautiful buildings and monuments of the central city to life. The small size of the group ensures personalized service and the chance to ask questions.
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Prague Jewish Quarter Private tour - 3hours

Prague Jewish Quarter Private tour - 3hours

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Unlock the mysteries of Josefov, Prague's intriguing Jewish quarter, on this guided tour. Led by a guide who is schooled in Jewish studies, the tour visits the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest still-functioning synagogue in Europe, the haunting Jewish Cemetery, and the Jewish Museum, among other important sites. Learn about the long and intriguing history of the quarter from the knowledgeable guide.
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Prague Jewish Quarter And Synagogue Walking Tour With Admission Tickets

Prague Jewish Quarter And Synagogue Walking Tour With Admission Tickets

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Immerse yourself in Prague intriguing and historically rich Jewish quarter, Josefov, on this 2.5-hour guided walking tour. Explore the district, visiting synagogues and the hauntingly beautiful Jewish cemetery. 
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Walking Night Tour - Ghost Stories and Legends of Prague's Old Town

Walking Night Tour - Ghost Stories and Legends of Prague's Old Town

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Engross yourself in Prague's Old Town on this informative and fun mystery walking tour. Learn about the shady side of Prague as you stroll the dark streets of the city with an experienced guide and storyteller. Visit the courtyards of Kinsky Palace, visit one of the oldest Gothic structures in Prague, and stop at the edge of a medieval cemetery.
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Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch

Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch

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Discover Prague on a comprehensive full-day tour, including lunch and a relaxing Vltava River cruise. With a guide, enjoy a panoramic city coach tour and a walking tour around the exterior of UNESCO-listed Prague Castle. Savor a 3-course lunch at a luxury restaurant and later, take a leisurely sightseeing cruise, passing the Charles Bridge as you enjoy complimentary refreshments. Lastly, stroll around the Jewish Quarter and Old Town to see more highlights.
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Prague Old Town Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

Prague Old Town Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

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Check out the highlights of Prague’s Old Town and other must-sees on this 3-hour walking tour. Led by an expert guide, stroll around Old Town Square and take in top Prague attractions such as Wenceslas Square, the Jewish Quarter and the wonderful Charles Bridge. See lesser-known landmarks such as the Estates Theatre where Mozart showcased ‘Don Giovanni,’; learn about Prague’s long and turbulent history, and enjoy an included drink along the way. Numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group tour to ensure a more intimate atmosphere.
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Prague Private Old Town Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

Prague Private Old Town Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

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Witness the best of Prague Old Town and other Prague highlights on a private walking tour. As you stroll between the sights, hear absorbing facts about the city’s 1,000-year history from your knowledgeable guide. Take in the landmarks of the Old Town Square, including the beautiful Astronomical Clock, admire views of Prague Castle and the exquisite Charles Bridge, and visit the elegant Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square, the scene of the 1969 Czech Uprising and 1987 Velvet Revolution. An ideal tour for history buffs and first-time visitors.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Prague Highlights Bike Tour with Old Town & Prague Castle

Prague Highlights Bike Tour with Old Town & Prague Castle

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View Prague’s magnificent sights with ease on a fun 3.5-hour bike tour. With an expert guide, ride from landmark to landmark at a leisurely pace and discover the Czech capital’s captivating history along the way. See top Prague attractions including the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock; view the graffiti-covered Lennon Wall and bizarre David Cerný statues on Kampa Island, and stop by at Wenceslas Square, the scene of two 20th-century Czech revolutions. Numbers are limited to 20 people to ensure personalized attention from your guide.
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Prague Old Town, River Cruise and Prague Castle Sightseeing Tour Including Lunch

Prague Old Town, River Cruise and Prague Castle Sightseeing Tour Including Lunch

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Engulf yourself in all things Prague on this informative and entertaining walking tour and river cruise, including a hearty traditional Czech meal for lunch. Start by exploring the Old Town, indulge in a rib-sticking lunch of Czech fare, and then board a boat to cruise the scenic Vltava River.
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  • 6 hours
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Prague Communist Walking Tour with Museum Visit

Prague Communist Walking Tour with Museum Visit

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Swap Prague’s medieval history for its 20th-century past on this 3.5-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, explore the places where many of the momentous events of World War II and Prague’s period under communist rule occurred. Visit Wenceslas Square, scene of the 1968 Prague Spring and 1989 Velvet Revolution; see the former headquarters of the Nazis, Communist Party and KGB, and view Republic Square and other sites as your guide recounts the people and events that shaped today’s city. Numbers are limited to 15 for a more personalized experience.
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Private Prague Old Town, New Town And Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Private Prague Old Town, New Town And Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

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See some of Prague's greatest sites on this informative 3-hour walking tour of the Czech capital. Stop by various churches as well as the famed Astronomical Clock in Old Town, wander the streets of Josefov, the old Jewish Quarter and then head over to New Town, which isn't exactly 'new' (it was founded by Charles IV in the 14th century).
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Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

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See two of Prague most well-known neighborhoods on this informative guided walking tour. Get an insider's view of Old Town and Josefov (the old Jewish quarter) while learning about the history of both neighborhoods as well as the life of author Franz Kafka and the stories behind famed sites like the Astronomical Clock.
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Jewish Prague Walking Tour

Jewish Prague Walking Tour

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Peel back the layers of Prague’s Jewish history on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. With an expert guide to show you the sights, explore the old neighborhood, known as Josefov, and one of only a few central European Jewish districts to survive World War II’s Holocaust. Stroll around the Old Jewish Cemetery; see famous synagogues; and view sites associated with late Jewish writer Franz Kafka. Along the way, pay a visit to the fascinating Jewish Museum, where the exhibits chronicle the story of the Czech Jewish community.
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Prague's Jewish Quarter Private Tour

Prague's Jewish Quarter Private Tour

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A visit to Prague's Jewish Quarter is more enriching in the company of a guide who can illuminate its history. On this private guided tour, exclusive to you and your party, your guide shares insights into the thousand-year history of Prague's Jewish community while taking you to such sites as the Jewish Museum and the Old New Temple, one of the oldest Jewish temples in Europe. Also visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, where Rabbi Loew, creator of Golem, is buried.
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  • 3 hours
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Prague Jewish Quarter Tour with Tereza

Prague Jewish Quarter Tour with Tereza

Discover the rich history of Prague's Jewish Quarter on this private walking tour, with a guide to lead you through this storied area, and help you unpack Jewish history and culture. Since the well-preserved district reflects the centuries-old history of Judaism in Prague, you get an important look into Jewish tradition while visiting key sights. Highlights include stopping at the famous Old-New Synagogue and Pinkas Synagogue—with tickets at your own expense—and visiting a Jewish burial ground dating to the 15th century.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Jewish Quarter Walking tour

Private Jewish Quarter Walking tour

Discover the rich Jewish heritage of Prague and the Czech Republic during this private walking tour around the historic Jewish Quarter. Visit a number of famous synagogues, including the Old-New Synagogue, the densely packed Jewish Cemetery, the Jewish Museum, and more and learn about the significance of each place from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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All-in-one city E-bike tour in Prague (7hrs)

All-in-one city E-bike tour in Prague (7hrs)

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See more of the city with less effort by pedaling through Prague on a comfortable e-bike. Fear no hills as you follow your guide on a private tour of the most-important sites. Cycle along the Vltava River to Prague Castle, pass through the Old Town and Jewish Quarter, see the Frank Gehry-designed Dancing Building, then head uphill to one of  Prague's best parks for panoramic city views. Includes a break for a traditional Czech lunch.
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E-Bike City and Park Tour in Prague

E-Bike City and Park Tour in Prague

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Cruise through historic neighborhoods and colorful side streets on an electric bike tour of Prague with an experienced guide. Enjoy the freedom to pedal as much, or as little, as you like on a trip that’s a good fit for all skill and activity levels. Ride past the spires of Prague Castle, get perfect views of the city and discover lesser-known neighborhoods on a comprehensive city tour.
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Full-Day Guided Big City Bike Tour in Prague

Full-Day Guided Big City Bike Tour in Prague

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Get to know Prague on a full-day bike tour that introduces you to the city's top sights. With a guide, cover the whole city, including Old Town, New Town, Prague Castle, and parks. Along the way, hear about Prague's architecture, history, and culture. All gear is provided.
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  • 7 hours
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Jewish Prague a unique walk through Pragues famous Jewish history

Jewish Prague a unique walk through Pragues famous Jewish history

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See the only Central European Jewish quarter that survived the Holocaust. Magical History of Jews. Walk the Jewish Quarter of Prague for a unique perspective of the city. During this walking tour you will see several important sites such as the Old Jewish cemetery, Old-New synagogue, Maisel Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Klaus Synagogue and Pinkas Synagogue. See central Europe’s only Jewish Town – the quarter that survived the holocaust. The Old Jewish cemetery vas established in the first half of the 15th century. It´s oldest tombstone (from 1439) marks the grave of the poet and scholar Avigdor Kara. The most prominent person buried here is Rabbi Liwa ben Bezalel, also known as a Rabbi Low. Walk through Maiselova Street to reach the Old Town Square. The Old-New Synagogue was built in the early Gothic style around the middle of the 13th century. The main hall is the only existing medieval type hall of its kind. The Jewish part is next to Old town.
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Everyday Prague Tour

Everyday Prague Tour

An enjoyable and easy tour that’ll make everyone happy! During the tour, we will be acquainted not only with the past, but also with the present. As well as seeing the the most important monuments, we will find out where to get a great beer, go for a coffee or chocolate or buy authentic Czech souvenirs. The route follows parts of the so-called Royal Route, but will also explore the lesser traveled streets that most visitors only discover by mistake ☺
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Discover Prague's Jewish Quarter

Discover Prague's Jewish Quarter

Prague’s Jewish Quarter (Josefov) is rife with history but unless you explore with a local, some of the stories will remain undiscovered. Get a more intimate glimpse into the streets and synagogues on the area during a private walking tour that promises the undivided attention of your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Prague Jewish Quarter Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Prague Jewish Quarter Private Half-Day Walking Tour

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Exploring Prague’s Jewish Quarter without a guide risks just skimming the surface of its history and landmarks. This private walking tour covers the area—the former Jewish Ghetto—in depth, to give you the full picture. Visit the synagogues and Old Jewish Cemetery that comprise the Jewish Museum, hear tales of Golem and Franz Kafka, and learn stories of the Holocaust, as your guide brings the monuments to life with facts and detail.
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  • 4 hours
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$120.72
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