The fortress town of Terezín (also sometimes called Theresienstadt) is most famously known for being the largest concentration camp established by the Nazis in the Czech lands. Not many know, however, of its long and interesting history as a military fortress and prison that was used by the Austrian Empire since 1790. Take this day trip with us to Terezín and unlock this long and painful, yet fascinating, part of our history.
We being the trip from Prague, where we will take you to Terezín with a comfortable and air-conditioned bus. Along the way, you will learn that the original purpose of Terezín was to serve as a military fortress (built in 1790) to defend against a possible Prussian attack. Later on it was converted into a prison for political opponents of the Austrian Empire – one of the isolation cells that we will enter is where Gavrilo Princip, the man who assassinated the Austro-Hungarian archduke and thus began World War I, was imprisoned until his death.
Unfortunately, the dark history of Terezín hardly ends with the First World War. By executive order of “The Butcher of Prague” Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazis will establish both a Gestapo prison and a ghetto in the Small and Large Fortresses of Terezín respectively. As you can imagine, there were many scenes of indescribable cruelty and torture for the prisoners of this place. Our guide will help you understand the sad history of this place, and what life in this concentration camp really was like.
In the Large Fortress, which served as a ghetto, our guide will also explain many of the heroic attempts by the prisoners to maintain a normal cultural life, which they did by performing music, religious services, and even by creating underground schools – all of this despite the constant danger and deprivation that surrounded them.
What most surprises our guests is how ‘beautiful’ Terezín looks – it does not fit many peoples’ idea of what a concentration camp is supposed to look like. It was for this reason that the Nazis even made a propaganda film about how supposedly easy the life was for the primarily Jewish prisoners inside Terezín. After this day trip to the Terezín Memorial, you will be able to judge for yourself the brutal difference between the propaganda, and the harsh, but unfortunately all-too-real reality.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Transportation by modern bus with WiFi
- USB charger
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Bottled water
- English speaking guide. German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian is available upon request.
- Local phone support with English speaking consultants
- Local fees and VAT
- Gratuities (optional)
- Child rates from 3 to 11 years (incl.). Free access for infants below 3 years.
- Tour is always operated in English, but commentary might be given in other language too.
- The tour departs daily at 12:30 pm from the Prague Main Train Station at Wilsonova 8. Hotel pick ups commence prior to this time.
- Please kindly note that a moderate amount of walking is involved.
- Tour is not accessible for wheelchairs.
- Prague Main Railway Station, Wilsonova 8. You are advised to come 10 minutes before boarding time.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
- If you cancel later than 48 hour before the start date of your experience or in case of no-show refund will not be possible.