Hammer & Sickle Tour -- Occupations, Revolutions, WWI-II and Communism – 3 hours
Explore the tumultuous and often tragic modern history of this beautiful city.
Prague experienced two world wars and forty-one years of Communism during the 20th century. Still, the history is not very well-known around the world. On this tour we will feel the winds of history as we see the very buildings once occupied by the Nazi and communist regimes. We will learn about the background and aftermath of these events, and how Prague was not only affected by them, but sometimes at the very centre of events.
Highlights and Themes
- The Revolution of 1848 and the anarchists
- The anti-Nazi protests of 1939 and the assassination of Reinhardt Heydrich - ‘The Butcher of Prague'
- A museum visit where the heros of the assassination fought a fierce battle
- The Jewish Town Hall and ‘The Final Solution', the Old Jewish Cemetery and Hitler's fake ‘Jewish Conspiracy' and the Klausen synagogue - a ‘museum of an extinct race' plan
- The Prague Uprising of 1945 and the Communist takeover of 1948
- Headquarters of the communist secret police, their party, the Gestapo, SS & KGB
- Wenceslas Square, the 1968 Prague Spring and Jan Palach's self-immolation
- The world's largest Stalin statue and what happened to it
- Secret broadcast centre of the resistance
- The Velvet Revolution of 1989 & split up of Czechoslovakia
Please see our online booking calendar for details.
During this tour you'll take a short jump back in time and learn all about the events of the last 100 years in Prague. Your guide will take you to the most significant spots and fully explain all you need to know to understand the happenings of WWI, WWII and communism, right up to the present day.
We start right off with one of the most feared places in Prague during Communism - the prison of the secret police at Bartolomejska, where countless people were tortured using the most cruel methods and then we continue to the National Avenue that saw the students protesting against the Nazi occupation in 1939 and against the Communist regime in 1989.
Then we go to a unique part of the city where we learn about the gripping tale of the men involved in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich known as ‘The Butcher of Prague'. Here we will learn about his assassination and what happened to the heros that took part in the assassination of a Nazi leader.
After we are on to Wenceslas Square, covered with tanks and debris in 1968's “Prague Spring”, as the forces of the Warsaw pact crushed the reform movement. We will see the Gestapo headquarters, where many brave resistance fighters met their end. Then we visit Square of the Republic, named after democratic state of Czechoslovakia founded in 1918 and ironically the home of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.
We'll also see the Old Jewish Cemetery which had an important role in Nazi mythology as it was the centre of the Jewish 'world conspiracy', and you'll hear about Hitler's plans for the site.
We'll also take a look at the Soviet KGB's headquarters, ironically located just next to the former SS headquarters, and we finish off with the weird and wonderful story of the world's largest Stalin statue, where it was located, what happened to it and when it was taken down.
Our walking tours are small personal groups and generally do not have more than 15 participants, making them interactive and personal and giving you plenty of chances to ask questions and get to know your guide plus hit them up for local tips of where to go and what else to do.