Soak up the history and architecture of Prague on a privately guided walk through the city’s oldest streets. You’ll see most of the best-known landmarks while hearing tales from the past as your guide brings history to life, giving further context to your visit.
You’ll learn about the importance of each historical era and see the influences they left behind in the buildings, which display Gothic, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau styles. Among the sights you’ll visit are the Powder Tower, the original Gothic city gate dating to the 13th century, the Estates Theatre, where Mozart was once conductor, and the Old Town Square. Here, you’ll see the Church of Our Lady Before Týn as well as the renowned 15th-century Astronomical Clock.
Your tour also includes a walk through the city’s Jewish Quarter, with an optional visit to the Jewish Museum and the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe.
Your private guide will meet you at your hotel to start your tour. You’ll begin by heading into Prague’s Old Town, wandering its cobblestone streets. As you walk, your guide will fill you in on the city’s past, pointing out interesting buildings and architectural features as you go.
Separating the Old Town and Prague’s more modern areas is the 13th-century Powder Tower, a Gothic-style city gate. Your guide will explain how the coronation procession would pass beneath this tower before crossing the Charles Bridge and continuing up to Prague Castle.
Among the other highlights you might visit is the Estates Theatre. It was here in 1787 that Mozart personally conducted the world’s premiere of Don Giovanni. If you want to learn more about the theatre and its past performances, we can arrange for you to take a private backstage tour of the theatre (for an additional cost).
You’ll then continue on to Old Town Square, the largest of Prague’s public squares, where views are dominated by the Church of Our Lady Before Týn. You’ll also be able to see the Astronomical Clock, which dates to 1410. Crowds gather to watch as its hourly chime sets an intricate display of clockwork characters in motion.
Venturing behind this square, you’ll enter the Jewish Quarter. Much of this area was demolished during the Nazi occupation, but a few key landmarks have survived. This includes the Maisel Synagogue, which now houses the Jewish Museum, where we can arrange for you to take a tour. You could also visit the Old-New Synagogue. Built in 1270, it’s the oldest working synagogue in Europe, and its elaborate interior is disguised by the stark Gothic design of its exterior.
You’ll finish your tour by crossing the Charles Bridge into the New Town — the heart of modern Prague and the gateway to Castle Hill.
At the end of the tour, you can continue exploring the city independently or return to your hotel.