Terezin Memorial Tour (6 hours)
On this tour, you will visit the town of Terezin (Theresienstadt in German), whose one part was used in WWII as the only Jewish concentration camp situated on the Czech territory and another part as a horrible Gestapo police prison.
The Terezin Ghetto played a unique part in the Nazi German propaganda, being cynically introduced to the outside world as a place donated to the Jews by Hitler in order to protect them from hardship of the war. Here, in one of the most terrible transit camps of Europe, 34.000 people died of hunger and diseases. The vast majority of the Terezin inmates were deported to Auschwitz and other extermination camps from which they never returned. Today, Terezin stands as a memorial to human suffering that must not be forgotten.
On our private tour, I will show you all the important places of Terezin. We will have enough time for a detailed visit to the very informative and modern Ghetto Museum.
Terezin is a painful testimony to the insanity of the Nazi regime. But, at the same time, you will hear amazing life stories of Terezin survivors which reveal the tremendous strength of the human spirit.
Some of the places you will see:
The Small Fortress of Terezin
We will visit the former Gestapo police prison in which the opponents to the Nazi occupying forces suffered under inhuman conditions. You are going to see the cells where dozens of prisoners were freezing and dying of hunger and torture. More than 250 people were executed here.
The National Cemetery
The largest cemetery of Terezin was built between 1945 and 1958. Altogether, some 10.000 bodies of the victims of the Small Fortress and the Ghetto were buried here. Most of them were discovered in mass graves in the ramparts or in the surroundings of Terezin.
The Ghetto Museum
It was established in 1991 to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of deportations of Jews to Terezin. Its exhibition shows the testimonies of the Holocaust survivors and in a touching way, the children of Terezin are commemorated.
In the Magdeburg Barracks, you will find a typical Ghetto room and an artwork exhibition.
The Prayer Room from the Ghetto time
This unique little synagogue which was made by the inhabitants of the Terezin Ghetto is a moving testimony to their prayers and hopes. It stayed undiscovered for many decades, until the 1990s. Unfortunately, its decoration was heavily damaged by a flood in 2002.
The Crematorium at the Jewish Cemetery
Due to the high mortality rate in the camp, the cemetery ground was no longer sufficient and in 1942, the Nazis put a crematorium into operation. It had been built by the Jewish men of the Ghetto by the order of the Nazi German leaders of the camp. Some 30.000 bodies of deceased were cremated here.
Terezin with a private car, minivan or bus
On this tour, we will have a private vehicle with a driver.
We will pick you up at your hotel and at the end of the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel, or, upon your wish, to the city centre.
Price of the tour (you pay as a group and you share the price): on demand