Hammer & Sickle Tour: Communist Times

Find our what life in Prague was like during the World Wars and under 41 years of Communism on this fascinating guided tour of the city. Along the way, you will feel the winds of history and see the sights and explore the areas most affected during these years.

Highlights and Themes

  • Prague’s 20th Century history from WWI to the present day
  • A museum visit is included – here you’ll see relics from everyday life during the communist times
  • Original Stalin monument
  • 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 Velvet Revolution of 1989 & split up of Czechoslovakia


3 hours

Dates & Times

All year around – 14:00
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Extra availability 1 April – 31 October the tour also runs on Sundays.

No tours any part of the day Dec 24, 25, 26, 31 Jan 01.

Meeting Point

Absolute Tour Center:
12 Michalska St, Prague 1 (written as: Michalská 432/12) – entrance to the courtyard is opposite Hotel U Stare Paní

40 € Adults
38 € Students (with valid sudent card)
20 € Children (up to 12 years)
Infants are free up to 2 years

Small Groups

Walking Tour

Tour Guide

Best Sights

Stops for Photos

Full Tour Description

Duration: 3 hours

On this tour, you’ll take a 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 tell you all you need to know to understand the happenings of WWI, WWII and Communism and how they shaped present day Prague.

After meeting at our tour center, your guide will lead you to the center of the Old Town where you’ll hear about the events that lead to Klement Gottwald announcing the “Communist Victory” in 1948, before heading to an original Stalin monument and learning about his influence in this part of the world. Next up is the Square of the Republic (Namesti Republiky), named after the democratic state of Czechoslovakia founded in 1918. Here your guide will bring you up to speed on effects of WWI here and how they related to the formation of Czechoslovakia.

To get an in-depth understanding of life during Communism in Prague, we’ll then visit a museum of Communism where your guide will explain the day to day hardships faced by citizens as well as some of the unexpected positive aspects from that era too. You’ll also get the chance to examine genuine relics from that time and ask any questions you might have.

From here, we continue on to the Street of Political Prisoners to see a seat of Communist party and headquarters of the much-feared Gestapo, where many brave resistance fighters met their end. After, we make our way onto Wenceslas Square, which was covered with tanks and debris in 1968’s “Prague Spring”, as the forces of the Warsaw Pact crushed the reform movement. We’ll finish our tour near the National Avenue that saw the students protesting against the Nazi occupation in 1939 and against the Communist regime in 1989 and where you’ll hear about the self-immolation of Jan Palach and see the monument to his sacrifice.

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 and press them for local tips on where to go and what else to do.


English speaking guide, entry to our private exhibition room, many stops for photos and questions.


Entry fees to sights and museums, food and beverages except where noted, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.

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