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 – 5 hours
Accessibility Level – Medium
Czech koruna (Kč)
Jewish Quarter, U Staré školy, Old Town, Czechia
Czech (official) and English
Teens, Adults, Seniors
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.