This post provides information about taking a tour of the Terezin Concentration Camp. We’ll be answering questions to help you decide whether or not this activity is right for you.
What is the Terezin Concentration Camp?
Located just 30 miles (45 minutes by car or bus) north of Prague, the Terezin Concentration Camp was designed to house Jews from Czechoslovakia, but it also held tens of thousands from Germany, Austria, Netherlands, and Denmark.
More than 150,000 Jews were sent here during the Holocaust and held here for months or years before being sent to Treblinka and Auschwitz.
Although this was not an extermination camp, 33,000 Jews died while the concentration camp was in use. At the end of the war, only around 17,000 remained alive at Terezin.
There were many educated prisoners held here, including scientists, philosophers, artists, musicians and more.
Terezin Concentration Camp was used by the Nazis as propaganda to show how rich the cultural life within their walls could become.
Why Take a Tour of Terezin Concentration Camp?
The walls of Terezin tell a story that words can’t fully express. There are currently multiple tours available that will take you to the concentration camp and explain the history of this location in great detail.
Many people find it important to actually visit these sites so that they can fully grasp the magnitude of what happened during the Holocaust.
The tale of Terezin Concentration Camp is unique, as the Nazis used it for propaganda to try and convince the rest of the world that they were actually doing something good for the Jews.
If you want to experience one of the more important locations related to this historical event, a tour will help guide you around the camp and learn about its role in accomplishing Hitler's 'final solution'.
No matter what your story or reason for coming here, Terezin Concentration Camp is a place that many feel everyone should visit at least once in order to develop a better sense of the weight of this moment in history.
How Much Does it Cost and What is Included?
Most tours are half-day trips from Prague and they last for about 5 hours, but there are some that run for up to 7 hours.
Tickets range from €34 - €52 depending on which service you choose.
TIP: You can save 25% off a Terezin Concentration Camp tour by using the Prague Card.
Pretty much every tour available provides round-trip transportation to and from the Terezin Concentration Camp, and most of them will also include admission to the Ghetto Museum within.
Most of these tours are available in either English or Spanish, but there are some which provide tour guides who can speak German, French, Italian, Russian, and more.
Some tour companies offer hotel pick-up and drop-off as well as bottled water and other amenities, and these services are typically a little more expensive.
For example, Prague Bus Tours currently offers a tour that covers all entrance fees, a tour guide, hotel pick-up, and drop-off, bottled water, and transportation via air-conditioned bus – but it costs about €50 per person.
Alternatively, Sandemans – another popular tour company – offers an outing with transportation by private bus, a local guide, and entrance fees for only €36 per person.
If you don’t need hotel pick-up/drop-off or other amenities, you can save quite a bit by choosing one of the cheaper options.
For even more information, check this list of Terezin Concentration Camp tours to find one that fits your needs and expectations.