Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

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A place as mysterious as it is historically significant, Old Jewish Cemetery is the largest Jewish graveyard in Europe. Founded in the 15th century by King Ottokar II of Bohemia, the cemetery is a major landmark of the city's old Jewish quarter. Although the burial ground contains some 12,000 visible tombstones, the exact number of people buried here remains uncertain, as the cemetery contains as many as 20 layers of graves laid one on top of the other. The oldest preserved tombstone dates back to 1439, and it belongs to a prominent poet and rabbi named Avigdor Kara. With our online itinerary creator, Prague attractions like Old Jewish Cemetery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Prepare for a surge of emotions if there is such a preparation possible. It is humbling to consider the stacking of graves in a limited space. Exploring the Jewish Quarter in Prague is a sobering memo...  more »
  • You have to pay € 12 to see graves? What abuse! Obviously, it's a ticket coupled to visit synagogues... We don't so went there. FYI, near the tv tower, there is also a Jewish cemetery, there is no wall and tombs are visible!
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  • We enjoyed very much the strangeness of the cemetary. Its narrow alleyways, the large trees, the quietness. Beautiful and strange. I didn't like the fact that it cost so much (you can't enter only the...  more »
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  • A magical place. Can't be put in any other way. You feel like you are in a fantasy movie. The whole atmosphere is breathtaking. Never have humble monuments of death begotten so much beauty.
  • We visited the Jewish Cemetery independent of a guide as part of our self-guided tour of the Jewish Quarter in Prague. While we preferred the freedom of not having a guide, we were a little sad we didn't have one, as we wanted to learn more during our visit to the cemetery. The Cemetery is beautiful and moving, and a must-see site. However, there is no brochure or signs or anything to help give history of context as you are moving through. So either bring a guide or bring a guidebook, if that matters to you. That being said - a very worthy and beautiful place to visit. So quiet and serene (except the occasional less-than-respectful tour group). Note: entrance is included as part of the "Jewish Museum" ticket - you cannot pay to enter just this site. It is 500 czk for entrance to all the sites.
  • A beautiful cemetery, which breathes a particular atmosphere. A must see, although I realize that this review sounds awkward for a cemetery. Prague has a history with the Jewish community that really suffered from the second world war. In the museum next to the cemetery the evidence of what happened is on display...... This caused a moment of silence.
  • Incredible cemetery, especially for non Jewish people, I highly recommend the use of an audio guide though. Buy tickets outside of the entrance, there is a special store for that nearby without any queue.
  • I understand why they charge such an outrageous price to visit an old cemetery (in central Prague, overrun by tourists), but it really is a shame.
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