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Prague: Old Town and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour in German

1. Prague: Old Town and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour in German

Embark on a guided walking tour through the historic streets of Prague. Learn the history behind each turn from your guide and visit highlights, including the Jewish Quarter and the impressive astronomical clock. Start in Old Town Square, which is the site of the Church of Our Lady before Týn and was the main market square in Prague. Take a walk along picturesque streets by the Estates Theater and Charles University. See the Old Town Hall with its astronomical clock, and marvel at a masterpiece of Gothic science. Walk to the birthplace of Franz Kafka and discover the Jewish Quarter. Admire the Maisel and exteriors of Pinkas synagogues before passing by the old Jewish cemetery. See the outsides of New Town Hall and the Clementinum, before heading to Charles Bridge, where the tour ends.

Prague: 3-Hour Old Town and Prague Castle Tour in German

2. Prague: 3-Hour Old Town and Prague Castle Tour in German

Go on an exciting journey and discover the capital of the Czech Republic. If you are visiting Prague for the first time and want to get an overview of the city, this tour is a perfect choice. Start your guided tour at the Old Town Square, which is the main market square in the old town of Prague and the site of the Church of Mother of God before Týn. Stroll along the picturesque streets and pass Estates Theater as well as Charles University. Next, see the Old Town Hall with its astronomical clock, where you can marvel at a masterpiece of Gothic science. Walk to the birthplace of Franz Kafka and discover the Jewish quarter. See the Maisel Synagogue and Pinkas Synagogue exteriors, before you stroll along the old Jewish cemetery. Then, pass the new town hall and the Clementinum, and head to Charles Bridge. Cross Charles Bridge until you reach the tram station Malostranské Náměsti. From there you will ascend Prague Castle. Wander along the Royal Garden (Apr-Oct also visit inside the gardens) and walk past the presidential office and Hradčany square where you can enjoy the view to the German embassy. Visit the inner courtyards of Prague Castle and the Golden Lane, walking past the St. Vitus Cathedral exteriors. At the end of Golden Lane, you will see Daliborka Tower that used to constitute a part of the rampart. The tour will end at St. Wenceslas vineyard.

Prague Through the Eyes of Franz Kafka 2.5-Hour Tour

3. Prague Through the Eyes of Franz Kafka 2.5-Hour Tour

Explore Prague through the life and times of the city’s most famous author on a 2.5-hour Franz Kafka tour. After meeting your guide, stroll through the sites with a history related to Kafka. The author of “Metamorphosis,” “The Trial” and “The Castle,” Kafka spent much of his life and wrote many of his literary works in Josefov, Pragueʼs former Jewish Ghetto. Follow your guide to some of the apartments where the Kafka family lived. Discover where Franz Kafka went to school and university. Go to the house where he 1st met his future wife, Felice Bauer. Pass by some of the salons and synagogues that inspired his literary contemplations. Each stop has a Kafka connection and includes a short reading from his work. Along the way, learn more about the history of Prague, and especially the fate of its Jewish community. Hear about Prague’s multicultural history and its broader relationship to art and literature.

Prague: 2-Hour Old Town and Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

4. Prague: 2-Hour Old Town and Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover the hidden history of Prague, and see the most popular sites of the “City of 100 Spires” on a 2-hour walking tour of the Old Town and Josefov neighborhood. Learn about the curious symbols on the Astronomical Clock, and hear about the life of the man on the big monument in Old Town Square; the Czechs' beloved Jan Hus! Discover Prague’s role in the development of culture and education in Central Europe as you are guided past the Karolinum complex of buildings from the 15th century. Go to the Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo) in Prague’s historic theater district, and admire the façade of the 18th-century cultural venue. Discover the birthplace of Franz Kafka, and look at the edifices of city churches. Then, venture into the former Jewish Ghetto in the tiny Josefov quarter, completely surrounded by the Old Town. See some of the city synagogues, and learn about the cramped conditions before the ghetto was destroyed in the early 20th century. Along the way, your guide will explain the formative history of Bohemia, and discuss why these sites are significant to the Czechs.

Ghost Walking Tour of Prague

5. Ghost Walking Tour of Prague

Get ready to be frightened on this 3-hour ghost tour of Prague! Your guide you will take you through both the well-known and lesser-known streets and alleyways of this ancient city after dark. You’ll hear the legend about the cut off arm in the church of St. Jacob and the story of pretty Laura, who lost her head. Your guide will tell you the all-time favorite ghost story about the young Turk from Ungelt and the religious legend about the Infant Jesus of Prague. You’ll hear stories about treasures in Prague and many gripping tales as well. On the tour you’ll walk from Narodni Street to Na Příkopě Street, seeing the church of St. Jacob along the way. You’ll then head to Ungelt and the Týn's Church and on to the old town square, where you’ll see the old town hall and the well-known astronomical clock. Your guide will take you across Charles Bridge, and then for a walk through Velkopřevorské Square and down Karmelitská Street. You’ll see the Church of our Lady Victorious, the lesser town, and St. Nicolas Church. The tour also takes you through the Jewish Quarter, with a stop at the old Jewish cemetery – before ending back at old town square.

Prague: 3–Hour Castle Grounds Walking Tour and River Cruise

6. Prague: 3–Hour Castle Grounds Walking Tour and River Cruise

Start your tour with a short walk from the Old Town Square to the Clementinum. Head to Charles Bridge, and step onto a boat for a relaxing cruise along the river, complete with refreshments. Cruise past many important sites on a voyage up the legendary Devil’s Stream. Visit the Charles Bridge Museum to complete this leg of your tour. Follow your guide across Charles Bridge and learn about its intriguing history. From there, head to Malá Strana (Lesser Town), a part of Prague renowned for its red clay-tiled roofs and beautiful Baroque buildings. See Kampa Island, one of Prague’s secret jewels, where the beloved Lennon Wall is located. From Lesser Town, ride one of Prague’s trams to the top of Castle Hill where Prague Castle overlooks the entire city. Take the opportunity to walk around the many buildings that make up this expansive and historic castle. Discover the awe-inspiring St. Vitus Cathedral and the Romanesque St. George Basilica, known for its classical music concerts and numerous cultural displays. Finish your tour in the castle grounds in the city's oldest vineyard to capture stunning panoramic photographs of Prague. The journey on foot provides plenty of time for an entertaining and informative talk about Prague's famous sites throughout the tour.

Prague: Full-Day Tour with Lunch and River Boat Cruise

7. Prague: Full-Day Tour with Lunch and River Boat Cruise

Discover Prague in a day on a combined 6-hour walking and boat tour, with a break for a typical Czech lunch. The tour provides a blend of the best aspects of each of the operator’s individual walks, and builds a complete picture of Prague and its historic highlights. You will start from one of the best known of them all; the Astronomical Clock on Old Town Square. Admire the Church of St. James and medieval customs yard of Ungelt. See the Estates Theatre where Mozart´s Don Giovanni was introduced to the world, and the Charles University, the oldest university in central Europe. Moving from the web of tiny alleys, stroll past important milestones in the Jewish Quarter, exploring the former ghetto of small houses and narrow alleys, where the Old Jewish Cemetery, Old-New Synagogue and Jewish Museum await. Continue to Wenceslas Square in the New Town and explore the site of astonishing uprisings throughout Czech history, including the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Your guide will tell you some of the legendary stories. After a typical Czech lunch, cruise along the Vltava River to see the city from the water, including Prague Castle, Lesser Town, the Church of St. Nicholas and the famous Charles Bridge. Board a tram to ascend the hill to explore Prague Castle up-close. This is the heart of Prague, and your guide will lead you through the courtyards to the Old Royal Palace, Basilica of St. George and Royal Garden for some more panoramic views.

Prague: Franz Kafka's City Exploration Game

8. Prague: Franz Kafka's City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Prague while playing a Franz Kafka-themed mobile quest with your friends and family. Solve clues, see beautiful palaces, and learn about the city’s fascinating history from the eyes of the famous writer. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues as you walk past popular city sites displaying a mix of ancient and modern in the heart of Prague. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Explore the Kafka Memorial and admire traditional Czech architecture. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Prague: Old Town and Jewish Quarter 2-Hour Walking Tour

9. Prague: Old Town and Jewish Quarter 2-Hour Walking Tour

See some of the city’s most iconic sights and landmarks while you listen to entertaining commentary on the history of Prague from your expert guide. The tour starts in the heart of the Old Town Square, with its magnificent buildings in a range of architectural styles. Throughout the centuries the square, which was originally Prague's largest marketplace, was the site of many historical events up until the 20th century. From here, walk to the beautiful Theater of the Estates, where Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni in 1787. Admire the architecture of this stunning building, which is still used for operas to this date, and learn about the luxurious affairs that have occurred here throughout the years. Head over to the Powder Tower next, an imposing Gothic edifice with fascinating decorations on the facade. Then marvel at the adjoining Municipal House, Prague's preeminent Art Nouveau structure with a stunningly beautiful interior. Follow your guide towards Ungelt, a onetime customs court for the city, then onto Pařížská Street, Prague's most prestigious boulevard and home to many luxury brands. Listen to your guide share stories of the neighborhood’s colorful history, as you peer behind the stylish facades that line the streets. Continue the tour through the history-rich Jewish Quarter, before taking in the breathtaking and panoramic views at the final stop of the tour, Prague Castle. Route: Old Town Square – Ungelt – Dušní St. - Vězeňská (Spanish Synagogue) - Pařížská - exteriors of the Jewish Town (Old-New Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Maisel Synagogue) – Široká St. - Palach Square (Rudolfinum) - view of Prague Castle from the Mánes Bridge

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What people are saying about Charles University

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This was my second time on a guided tour of Prague, once with Dagmar and once with Eva. I was delighted both times. It's always the supposed little things that are so interesting and are presented with such enthusiasm and passion that listening is a pleasure. If you want to learn something about the history of Prague, you are in the best hands with these ladies! For me Prague is the most beautiful capital of Europe. Definitely to be recommended!

Our guide Madam Jojo has a great and very entertaining wealth of experience and knowledge about Prague which made the tour very interesting. Madam Jojo has such a funny and heartfelt way of talking about historical events and small details in the streets that the two hours just flew by. The tour is highly recommended for those who don't want a classic run-of-the-mill tour along the mainstream places.

We had a very knowledgeable companion who didn't inflate her knowledge with numbers and Google knowledge, but passed it on in a fresh and understandable way. The three hours were entertaining and well structured. Marcela also led us into backyards and passageways that we would not have discovered on our own.

A very interesting and personal tour, which I am happy to recommend. I especially liked the combination of Old Town Tour + Prague Castle. It was timed so perfectly that we saw the changing of the guard at the castle and were able to see the Golden Lane, which is free to visit after 5 p.m.

A lot of things to see. Walking a lot too . Peak castle had stunning view. Guide was nice and professional. Recommend. A bit pricey. Thank you