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Occupations, Revolutions, WWI-II and Communism.
Explore the tumultuous and often tragic modern history of this beautiful city.
Prague experienced two world wars and forty-one years of Communism during the 20th century. Still, its history is not very well-known around the world. On this tour, we will feel the winds of history as we see the very buildings once occupied by the Nazi and Communist regimes. We will learn about the background and aftermath of these events, and how Prague was not only affected by them but was sometimes at the very center of events.
Highlights and Themes
- Prague's 20th Century history from WWI to the present day
- A museum visit is included - here you'll see relics from everyday life during communist times
- Original Stalin Monument
- The Prague Uprising of 1945 and the Communist takeover of 1948
- Headquarters of the Communist secret police, their party, the Gestapo, SS & KGB
- Wenceslas Square, the 1968 Prague Spring and Jan Palach's self-immolation
- The Velvet Revolution of 1989 & the split-up of Czechoslovakia
2017 Ratesonline booking
40 € Adults
38 € Students (with valid student card)
20 € Children (up to 12 years)
Infants are free up to 2 years
All year round - 14:00
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Extra availability 1 April - 31 October the tour also runs on Sundays.
No tours at any part of the day Dec 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan 01.
Absolute Tour Center: 12 Michalska Street, Prague 1 (written as: Michalská 432/12) - entrance to the courtyard is opposite Hotel U Stare Paní
During this tour you'll take a short jump back in time to learn all about the events of the last 100 years in Prague. Your guide will take you to the most significant spots and fully explain all you need to know to understand the happenings of WWI, WWII and communism, right up to the present day.
We start right off in the center of the Old Town where you'll hear how events lead to Klement Gottwald announcing the "Communist Victory" in 1948, before heading to an Original Stalin Monument and learning about his influence in this part of the world. Next up is Square of the Republic (Namesti Republiky), named after democratic state of Czechoslovakia founded in 1918. Here you'll learn about the effect of WWI here and the formation of Czechoslovakia.
To get an indepth understanding of life during Communism in Prague we'll then visit a museum of Communism where your guide will explain the day to day hardships faced by citizens and the positive points from that era too. You'll see genuine relics from that time.
We continue on to the street of Political Prisoners to see a seat of Communist party and headquarters of the much-feared Gestapo, where many brave resistance fighters met their end. After we head onto Wenceslas Square, which was covered with tanks and debris in 1968's "Prague Spring", as the forces of the Warsaw Pact crushed the reform movement. We'll finish our tour near the National Avenue that saw the students protesting against the Nazi occupation in 1939 and against the Communist regime in 1989 and where you'll hear about the self-immolation of Jan Palach and see the monument to his sacrifice.
Our walking tours are small personal groups and generally do not have more than 15 participants, making them interactive and personal
Inclusions: English speaking guide, entry to royal castle area sights day ticket, public transport tickets during the tour, many stops for photos and questions.
Exclusions: Entry fees to sights and museums, food and beverages except where noted, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.
Infant & Child Policy
Infant: free up to 2 years
Children: 3-12 years half adult price
13 years and older are charged at student price
Student rate will require a valid student ID card when joining the tour.
- Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 3 hours
- Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately. Supplier not responsible for unforeseen delays or accidents or losses / damages.
- Programs cancelled within 72 hours of travel date incur 100% cancellation penalty with no refunds given.
- No show or non-participation on tour/program will not be refunded.