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Explore the tumultuous and often tragic history of this beautiful city on a private guided tour.
On this tour, we'll explore Prague's recent history, see the very buildings once occupied by the Nazi and Communist regimes. We will learn about the background and aftermath of these events, and discover that Prague was not only affected by them but was sometimes at their very center.
Highlights and Themes
- Private guide for just you and your group
- 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
Group over 5 people
9.30 and 14.30 - daily
At your accommodation
If your accomodation is not centrally located, the meeting point can be arranged at the Absolute Tour Center: 12 Michalska Street, Prague 1 (written as: Michalská 432/12, entrance to the courtyard is opposite Hotel U Staré Paní) or at a previously agreed point.
You'll meet your guide at your hotel before taking 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 the Square of the Republic (Namesti Republiky), named after the 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 the 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.
Inclusions: English speaking guide, public transport tickets during the tour and entry to the museum plus many stops for photos and questions.
Exclusions: Transport from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.
Infant & Child Policy
Children under 12 years free of charge
Children over 12 years same as adult price
- Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 3 hours
- Clients are responsible for providing accurate accommodation details when booking this program
- If the customer fails to give accommodation information at least 72 hours before the tour time, the default meeting point is the Absolute Tour Center.
- 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.