The Jewish Quarter (Josefov) in Prague is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. The quarter offers a hands-on history of Jewish life in the Czech Republic. It is the home to several significant sites and six significant synagogues like the Spanish Synagogue and the Old-New Synagogue, Europe’s oldest active synagogue. Other meaningful sites you should visit are the Old Jewish Cemetery, the oldest surviving cemetery of its kind.
Czechia (Czech Republic)
1-2 Hours Tour, Half-day Tour
Accessibility Level – Medium
Flights & Accommodations
Czech koruna (Kč)
Jewish Quarter, U Staré školy, Old Town, Czechia
Czech (official) and English
Teens, Adults, Seniors
Czech (official) and English
The Spanish Synagogue in Prague, built in 1868, is known as the most beautiful synagogue in Europe. Set in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, it is undoubtedly a stunning sight. Inside you’ll see beautiful stained glass windows, completed in 1893, and remarkable decoration features a low stucco arabesque of stylized Islamic motifs.
Old Jewish Cemetery
There are 12,000 visible graves and countless more underneath. Founded in the 15th century, the Old Jewish Cemetery is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds globally. It is also one of the most important historical monuments in the Jewish Quarter in Prague. The earliest tombstone dates back to 1439, and the last burial took place 348 years later.
Jewish Museum in Prague
The Jewish Museum in Prague is a must-see. It’s a collection of the most significant monuments in the Jewish Quarter, which are the best-preserved assembly of historical Jewish monuments in Europe. The included monuments are six synagogues, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Robert Guttmann Gallery.
The entrance fee includes access to four of the ancient synagogues (Maisel Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue), the Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery. On top of that, it also has a gallery, library, and educational center. Prices and opening hours are available here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although you can walk and visit most places for free, some individual synagogues or museums have an admission fee.
Many sites have different opening hours. Prepare your schedule ahead and check operation time here.
Prague Jewish Quarter is one of the most interesting and impressive parts to visit in Prague. However, it’s important to remember that it has also seen more than its fair share of hard times and tragic events. These days, it’s a popular location among tourists since it contains many important Prague sights and attractions. In the past, the quarter was the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe.
Today, all of the different historical monuments in the quarter, except the Old-New Synagogue, form the Jewish Museum in Prague.
During your tour in Dusni street, you’ll also find a statue of the celebrated Bohemian Jewish novelist Franz Kafka, which was born here.
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Best Time To Visit
The best seasons to visit Prague are spring and fall when the weather is mild, and there are fewer tourists.
Summertime means warmer temperatures and many tourists. It also means higher hotels and flights rates.
Prague also enjoys many visitors during the Christmas season, but note that you should expect a fair amount of snow and low temperatures.
* Remember to check the weather forecast few days before the trip and before heading to the airport. *