Josefov
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The area
Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighborhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 6 min walk
  • Lesser • 10 min walk
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Adam C
11 contributions
Mar 2022
One of the most beautiful Jewish Quarters in Europe. Unlike other Europes capitals, the Jewish heritage here still stands. You will see many synagogues and unique Jewish cemetery from the middle ages. I would recommend going with a guide to get an in-depth understanding of the place. Up on family member recommendation, we chose Yvonne Weisgrab from Terezin Private Tours and we couldn't be happier with the choice. She is a very knowledgeable researcher and will make history come alive with her explanation. Instead of selling cheap legends about magical creatures, she gave us an excellent overview of Jewish history in Prague. I truly recommend doing the tour with her.
Written March 9, 2022
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Onleaveagain
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK7,816 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a must area to visit whilst in this beautiful city. There are several synagogues to view as well as the Jewish Cemetery all of which are interesting in their own way. Combined tickets to the synagogues can be purchased from the Jewish Information Centre. We wandered around the area by ourselves without a guide and saw everything we wanted to. Well worth visiting this old and interesting area of Prague.
Written August 29, 2020
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Oct 2019
Josefov is a quarter in Prague , that is most known for the location of the former Jewish Ghetto. It is visited by many tourists from all over the world.

Uniquely preserved, it is a site of the Old Jewish cemetery, the synagogues, the museum. Josefov is just a small part of Prague , but important part of its history.

Prague jewish population prior to the Nazi occupation in 1939 was over fifty thousand Today only few thousands jews live in Prague. Thousands perished in the concentration camps.

In the Pinkas Synagogue, names of thousands are handwritten on walls. Floor to ceiling, often families , with their date of birth and death. It truly is overwhelming and it took several years to finish.
The display of the life of the children in Terezin concentration camp is heartbreaking.

There are long lines to purchase tickets. They are many combinations available to cover the visit. A combination ticket may be best value, as you can return over a period of few days. It all depends , obviously, how much time you have.

My husband and I were staying in the Four Seasons Hotel, for part of our trip, we had enough time to wander around and return to places we have been before.

In contrast to the rich jewish history, in other part of Josefov is the famous Parizska ( Paris ) street with the most beautiful buildings and luxury shopping.
After the communist regime fell this street took on a major transformation. Buildings were restored, renovated and expensive designer stores appeared .Quite a few excellent restaurants opened up too.

Because of Josefov close proximity to Staromestske namesti, most tourist will find their way there.
Written September 25, 2020
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO795 contributions
Apr 2022
This is an area of Prague sometimes referred to as the Jewish Quarter. I recommend spending at least a half day wandering around the area. We visited the Spanish Synagogue, the Old New Synagogue, and the Jewish Cemetery, and recommend checking out all three. The tickets are a little confusing, so make sure you know what you want to see before you buy a ticket so you get the right kind.
Written June 8, 2022
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Daniel G
Melbourne, Australia2,872 contributions
Jan 2020
Josefov or Jewish quarter is a one of places, where you can see what people build and where their life and life of future generations were ended. it is very sad to see places like this which remind Jews without them. Jews were integrated part of Prague and Czech until recatholisation and real Jewish life ended here by Nazis, who had belts with buckles, where was written "God with us"! This place and Teresin jail have to be visited by everyone to remind and not forget what was happen to avoid it in future.
Written January 23, 2020
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George L
Preston, UK668 contributions
Jan 2020
The Jewish quarter is not far from the Old Town Square. There are several synagogues and I would recommend the Old - New Synagogue as it is the oldest working synagogue in Central Europe. I wouldn't buy a 'walking tour'. Simply walk the streets and pay to go into the synagogue I recommended.
Written January 31, 2020
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debsywalker
Slough, UK2,948 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
I really enjoyed walking round this area and would have liked to have done a formal walking tour and also visited the museums. Instead I had to make do with self guided but managed to see the stunning and historical buildings. You can feel the history here.
Written August 12, 2020
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lady5000
Sydney, Australia509 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
I bought the combined ticket to visit all 7 sites for 500Kc and it was definitely worth it and you don't have to queue up to pay at sites. I usually find audio guides really worthwhile but this was expensive and not worth the money.
I spent 4 hours going through all the sites and looked at the Robert Guttmann Gallery at the rear of the Spanish Synagogue as well. Repression of unwanted minorities never goes away. All very moving and the area is interesting to visit. Lucky the buildings and the incredible contents from 1500s through 1940s have been able to be retained.
Absolutely recommended.
Written October 23, 2017
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
The legendary cemetery, the synagogues, the museum. They all deserve a visit.
See it all or just a part, whatever your schedule permits. Josefov is small part of Prague, but important part of its history.

The Jewish population in Prague prior to the Nazi occupation in 1939 was over fifty thousands. Today only few thousands Jews live in Prague.
Many Jewish people travel to Prague to visit this part of town. It is amazing that it all survived. Unlike the thousands and thousands of Jews that perished in the concentration camps, whose names are written on the walls in the Pinkas Synagogue.
The children of Terezin, whose artwork is displayed in the Pinkas synagogue. Heartbreaking!

A combination ticket is perhaps the best value if you have enough time to spend in Prague. It can be used over a period of several days time.

We did come back couple of times and combined our visit to Josefov with a stroll through the neighboring Parizska street.
Written February 1, 2018
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gourmetflaneur
York, UK1,073 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Check in advance for opening times as the various buildings and museums and the cemetery are not open all day everyday and alas when I was in Prague there was renovation work that meant all interiors and cemetery areas were closed. But it is worth exploring for the architecture of the exterior of buildings, of the synagogues and apartments that have Jewish symbols incorporated. And of course there are guides to tell you about its history form Gollum to the dark days of Nazi occupation and pogrom.
Written November 18, 2017
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