Starý židovský Hřbitov
Starý židovský Hřbitov
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About
There are about 12,000 tombstones in the cemetery, many decorated with animal and plant motifs. The most important figures buried here: the scholar and teacher, Rabbi Judah Loew Ben Bezalel, known as the Maharal (d. 1609) the scholar and poet Avigdor Kara (d. 1439) the founder of the Pinkas Synagogue, Aaron Meshulam Horowitz (d. 1545) the mayor and developer of the Prague Jewish Town, Mordecai Maisel (d. 1601) the Renaissance scholar, historian, mathematicians and astronomer, David Gans (d. 1613) the collector of Hebrew manuscripts and books, Rabbi David Oppenheim (d. 1736) The Old Jewish Cemetery is part of Jewish museum in Prague. The Old Jewish Cemetery is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world and along with the Old-New Synagogue, it is the most important site in the Prague Jewish Town. It was founded in the first half of the 15th century. The earliest tombstone dates back to 1439; the last burial took place 348 years later. Although the cemetery was expanded several times over the centuries, it was still not big enough to meet the needs of the Jewish Town. As space was scarce, bodies were buried on top of each other, with graves layered up to 10 deep.
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Neighborhood: Josefov
Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighborhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighborhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 2 min walk
  • Lesser • 7 min walk
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Oberwasser
München47 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
It is without doubt one of the most important sights in Prague.

That being said, I do not understand why I cannot buy an indivual ticket to enter.
After visiting the Old New Synagogue (with a single ticket), I wanted to show the graveyard to my daughter.
The only option would have been to spend a lot of money for a combined ticket including the Jewish Museum and other synagogues, which we would not have had the time to visit anyway.
What is the point in this policy? In the end, we did not go.
Written August 23, 2021
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Thank you for your review. The Jewish Museum in Prague with all of its sights placed in different locations is a single entity. Price, from our point of view, corresponds to the uniqueness of the visited sites, is on par with the admission to other major European cultural heritage. Ticket includes several buildings including the unique exposures in most of them, you can use it for 7 days. The Jewish Museum in Prague is a private institution that fully funds its operations - not only an exhibition, but also educational, publishing, scientific and archival work. A large part of the revenue is used for the care of the world's unique collection of museums, is spent on the repair and reconstruction of historic buildings in the area of Prague's former Jewish Town.
Written August 26, 2021
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Timatlay
Liverpool, UK176 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Charging to enter a cemetery is not really what I expected. Visited Aushwitz when in Krakow and knew this would not be same but even so disappointed for 500 cz crowns each. Also watch out for the audio guide as it is v hard to follow. All in all disappointed.
Written November 11, 2021
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Dear visitor, Thank you for your review. Price, from our point of view, corresponds to the uniqueness of the visited sites, is on par with the admission to other major European cultural heritage. Ticket includes several buildings including the unique exposures in most of them, you can use it for 7 days. The Jewish Museum in Prague is a private institution that fully funds its operations - not only an exhibition, but also educational, publishing, scientific and archival work. A large part of the revenue is used for the care of the world's unique collection of museums, is spent on the repair and reconstruction of historic buildings in the area of Prague's former Jewish Town.
Written November 12, 2021
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chutotoro
365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Bought tickets at 5pm, one hour to closing time. There were lots to see at the cemetery, synagogues and the ceremony room, but it was a pity we did not have enough time. Two hours will be good to visit everything, read the guides to display items at your own leisure.
Written October 8, 2022
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Thank you for your review
Written October 17, 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
Short visit because I purchased a ticket for the Spanish synagogue and it includes the visit to the cemetery. It is quite small and it can be visited on a circle. You cant walk through the graves, everything is protected by a rope. You can spend 5 minutes there.
Written February 16, 2022
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written February 21, 2022
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,757 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Some friends raved about this and said it was excellent and we must do it along with the rest of the Jewish Quarter.
We bought the multi ticket that included a few other items including the Spanish Synagogue.
I wasn't overly impressed when visiting. We did all the places included on the ticket in about an hour. I thought it was overpriced for what it was.
I understand and respect the historical significance of this place.
This just wasn't my favourite part of Prague.
I did find the small synagogue prior to entering the cemetery powerful for the fact of all the names and dates of the holocaust victims scribed on the wall. It is another reminder of the atrocities committed in WWII.
Still, go and have a visit and make your own mind up.
Written March 27, 2023
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Price, from our point of view, corresponds to the uniqueness of the visited sites, is on par with the admission to other major European cultural heritage. Ticket includes several buildings including the unique exposures in most of them, you can use it for 7 days. The Jewish Museum in Prague is a private institution that fully funds its operations - not only an exhibition, but also educational, publishing, scientific and archival work. A large part of the revenue is used for the care of the world's unique collection of museums, is spent on the repair and reconstruction of historic buildings in the area of Prague's former Jewish Town.
Written April 12, 2023
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel16,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
We visited the Jewish Quarter thanks to Philip, the remarkable guide of the Sandeman's Prague Free Tour.
He told us a lot about the History of the Jews and the Jewish quarter and so strongly recommended us to come back and visit it more thoroughly.
And so we did the day after.
And we visited the Jewish Cemetery.

As usual in my reviews, I have attached pictures so you can build your opinion without relying only on this review (subjective as it always is)

The experience is absolutely unbelievable...

Despite the inherent antisemitism and pogroms so common in Eastern Europe the Jews survived and even sometimes prospered.
But then came the Holocaust.

What remains today are the remains of a once important community and its testimony.

Yes, it is a journey in the past, walking between stones of another time, in silence not even disturbed by birds or the wind...surreal...

More so when you see that every moment another group of teenagers comes and visit it with you, walking quietly, in silence between the graves
Yes, the visitors are not only elders, or other Jews or Israelis, but while I visited there 4 or 5 groups of teens and school pupils were there as well.
Czechs but also French teenagers with their school teachers ...

That is also incredible...
Simply as an act of remembrance, solidarity and communion with a tragic fate.

When you see that History becomes relevant and is taught to the young generation may be there is hope it will not repeat itself ?
Written May 27, 2016
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Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!
Written June 3, 2016
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
It is a very unique and somber site. First burials took place in the 15th century. The graves, due to lack of space were layered on top of the existing ones, leaving the old tombstones in place. That is why there are so many tombstones crowded in small space and the ground is higher than the surrounding streets.

You must walk through the designated narrow walks, roped off and follow the crowd. Yes, there were many people walking through, but most very respectful as one would expect.
We used to come here as children on school trips, many moons ago when I lived in Prague. Not really a tourist spot in those days.

We came back this year. We had more time to stroll through Prague's street on this side of the river, while staying in the hotel nearby.

Surprisingly, there was no queue at the ticket window on the street.
We bought a combo ticket @ 330 CZK per ticket. Cash only!
Realizing for the first time that the ticket was valid for close to a week, we decided to return at a later date to visit couple of the Synagogues.

This time I think we have seen it all ...
Written October 21, 2017
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written December 7, 2017
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Rebecca C
Nottingham, UK10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
The entrance fee is 300 koruna, about £8, and while that does include entry to several synagogues as well its not much use if you're not going to them. There's also an extra 70 koruna fee if you want to take any photos of the cemetary even if they're just for your own photo collection. It's not a large cemetary and things such as paths and walls don't appear well maintained.

If this doesn't sound like something you'd enjoy try Vyserhad cemetary instead, it's a bit of a walk out of the city but is really well maintained and free entry.
Written May 25, 2016
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Price, from our point of view, corresponds to the uniqueness of the visited sites, is on par with the admission to other major European cultural heritage. Ticket includes several buildings including the unique exposures in most of them, you can use it for 7 days. The Jewish Museum in Prague is a private institution that fully funds its operations - not only an exhibition, but also educational, publishing, scientific and archival work. A large part of the revenue is used for the care of the world's unique collection of museums, is spent on the repair and reconstruction of historic buildings in the area of Prague's former Jewish Town.
Written June 3, 2016
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starmagnolia
Sydney410 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Family
I wanted to see this cemetery mainly because of its feature in Australian band INXS vido clip 'Never Tear Us Apart'. I do like old cemeteries anyway and have found them to be good photo opportunites. I very much enjoyed the cemeteries in Paris for this reason. They make for good strolls too.
However, this cemetery in Prague was a disappointment. First there is an entrance fee. I have never paid to go into a cemetery before. The entrance fee includes vieing of various synogogues and the Jewish museum, but these were not of particular interest to me. I just wanted to see the cemetery. For that privelage I paid 300k ($15AUD) more than the entrance to Prague zoo visited earlier thst week. Cost more to look after Jewish history than it does to feed a zoo full of animals? Absolutely overpriced and downright greedy.
I am sorry I visited. I did not get to walk the same area as featured in that haunting music clip, it was sectioned off. I did get a couple of good photos, but there was a sign that photos required an additional 40k on top of entrance fee. I didn't pay it.
Written November 19, 2012
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JMP with all of its objects including the Old Jewish Cemetery is a single entity, not a set of isolated monuments and exhibitions. That is why we offer combination tickets. Limited space in the Old Jewish Cemetery, where there are 100,000 people buried there and religious and generally reverential reasons do not allow for a free entry. We consider the fee for taking pictures legitimate – the sites of the JMP are worldwide unique. Regarding following the rules of picture taking, rather than strictly insisting on paying the fee, we rely on the common decency of our visitors. Thank you for your understanding, we will be happy to welcome you again.
Written November 20, 2015
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Kimberly S
San Francisco, CA598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had wanted to see the Old Jewish Cemetery while I was in Prague, and I am glad I did! It is amazing to walk through, realizing that many of the headstones date back 300, 400, or even 500+ years!

All of the headstones are written in Hebrew, so I couldn't read any of them - and many were so old that any inscriptions had worn away entirely. That being said, it was still amazing to see the number of headstones within the cemetery, and to see just how closely they were packed.

We bought the pass that provided entrance to all the Synagogues in the area as well; this is something you should do if you are particularly interested in Jewish history, but otherwise is optional. There are many relics and artifacts on display with explanations printed in both Czech and English - however if you aren't well aware of Jewish history they may not hold as much significance for you.

Also, the Old Jewish Cemetery is of historical significance because it is the oldest existing Jewish cemetery in all of Europe. Apparently Hitler did not destroy this cemetery (the Nazis usually made it a point of doing so) because he was planning to build a museum in Prague. There are over 12,000 tombstones and 100,000 individuals buried there. It is definitely somewhere you should visit when in Prague!
Written January 20, 2008
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Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!
Written September 29, 2015
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