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“Take a very good town map and go on your own”
Review of Terezin Memorial

Terezin Memorial
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Terezin Concentration Camp Day Tour from Prague
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5-hour Trip to Terezín Monument from Prague with Entrance Ticket Included
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Private Tour: Terezin Half-Day Tour from Prague
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Terezin
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: On the initiative of the newly created Czechoslovak government, in 1947 the National Suffering Memorial was opened on the site of the suffering of tens of thousands; it was later on renamed the Terezin Memorial. The key mission of the Terezin Memorial, the only institution of its kind in the Czech Republic, is to commemorate the victims of the Nazi political and racial persecution during the occupation of the Czech lands in World War II, to promote museum, research and educational activities, and look after the memorial sites connected with the suffering and death of dozens of thousands of victims of violence.
Reviewed 27 June 2014

Forget the ultra expensive guided trips. Get on the bus from Prague to Terezin - it is a scenic 1 hour drive. Get out at the stop near the small fortress, before you get to town. You must retrace the bus - go back up the road 10 minutes, and there it is. Get the free guided tour, very much worth it, see some of the films (not gory), and then spend at least 30 min at the museum learning about the Czech resistance movement and the heroes who ended up at the fortress. Then take the road back to town (make a right when you get to the river). Tour the Ghetto Museum, it is useful for those who know little about the Holocaust. Then go to the Magdaburske barracks which I found more interesting. It details the amazing cultural life of the Jews imprisoned in Terezin - the paintings, cartoons, newspapers and music. Even operas and sonatas were written there. Fascinating. I wish the signage was better and I wish the museums gave more information about the Jewish community - but still, a must see. BTW, the town is still VERY creepy, I can't explain why.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

An informative, thought provoking, step into a darker part of Czech & World history. The guide was very informative with anecdotal tales and history as you were guided around the camp. Value for money excursion, and also a nice drive from Prague to see some more of the Czech countryside.

Thank simonlin21
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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

The local guide whom gave us the tour was very informative. The only negative thing about the tour was our time schedule, it was so much to take in and I felt like we needed more time. If you are claustrophobic - let the guide know due to the walking in a five hundred meters long tunnel. There are no words to describe, you need to experience this your self!

Thank Therése S
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

It is worth a visit to see this "show" concentration camp. It wasn't a "killing" camp but a transportation center. The entire town was a ghetto, overcrowded and cramped. The small fortress was very gruesome. The Nazis used it as a show camp, to show the Red Cross how well the Jews were treated..but when the Red Cross wasn't looking, it was hell.

2  Thank cree8
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We used a tour group called "Best Tours" to visit this fortress as we were running out of time during our week stay in Prague, and what a brilliant company they were, along with a fantastic guide called Martin. Now being an ex military man and having visited some of the most depressing war memorials around the World like Auschwitz, Belsen, Dachau, Pearl Harbour, Bridge on the River Kwai, Omaha Beach etc. This place was not what I expected at first, for as you enter one is confronted with a working town within the fortress, something I wasn't expecting. However as we drove around one could sense the loss and horror which took place here, our first stop was the crematorium which was closed due to it not being open on a Saturday, and all we could do here was visit the mass graves of the thousands of Jews who either died of starvation, disease, or were murdered, there were no gas chambers here either. So we left and had a quick drive around this inner "Town" before we headed for the main horror show the small fortress which was really the Gestapo's "Playground" where they inflicted the most barbaric and horrific conditions they could imagine on the unfortunate Jews.
As you enter you pay a small fee for camera/video use which is around a CZK 100, and then another guide takes over and we had a very nice knowledgeable lady who then took us around the many cells, holding rooms, torture cells, execution areas etc, and she was a real mine of information about this sinister part of the fortress. She then took us under the main fortress walls through the tunnels which stretched for hundreds of yards, and reminded me of the tunnels of Vinh Moc in Vietnam which were just as amazing. You're tour here ends with a visit to the main part of this Nazi nightmare, which are the holding torture cells and here the depravity continued for any unfortunate inmates in the small punishments cells, they even made them sleep standing up, and including 300 people at a time housed in the tiny main rooms awaiting deportation to Auschwitz.
Just remember too, the Gestapo also put glass roofs on the cells to create a greenhouse effect which meant the inmates were cooked alive before most of them suffocated, such was the cruel mindset of the Nazis, just remember that if you complain about the weather whilst walking around the compound.!!! Also check out No 1 cell as this housed Gavrilo Princep the man who started WWI with one single shot at Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914.
Moving on, we went back to the main fortress and the museum now, and this is where you'll find the many pictures of the little children drawn before they were deported to the camps, which can be upsetting for some. Just make sure you also time it so you can watch a short Nazi propaganda film which depicts the Jewish inmates having "Fun", playing football, swimming around in a large pool, smiling, laughing, tending their gardens etc. The reality was somewhat different as the twenty thousand Jews who took part in this "Movie" were sent to Auschwitz a few days later. Moving on, and the upstairs of the museum was very interesting indeed but, it was really for returning Jewish visitors as a lot of it was in Hebrew as well as some English, OK if you're Jewish and you understand the language and the religion.
As I was with a tour I didn't get the freedom I wanted to explore the main Fortress, which was a shame. However I'm told it's quite easy to come here by public transport and do it yourself and spend a lot longer exploring this sad place, but if you're stuck for time then a tour company is probably best. There is also a pretty good shop at the Museum selling many books on this subject, as well as a little cafe downstairs which is very reasonable price wise and gives you time to reflect on this dark side of humanity which still prevails to this day around the World, just remember that as you tuck into your hot dogs and chips, as we never did Learn.I'm afraid...!

5  Thank Bigb67Scotland
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