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Terezin Memorial, Terezin

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Just an hour outside Prague, Terezin Memorial is a former military fort that played a grim role in World War II. Originally built in the 18th century to strengthen the city's defenses against Prussia, the fortress never saw a real battle, eventually becoming a ghetto and concentration camp for Jews from Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Austria. Although never officially designated as an extermination camp, the ghetto saw the deaths of over 30,000 people, caused in large part by appalling living conditions. Today, this site contains a memorial complex preserving some of the buildings used to house thousands of prisoners. Visit the on-site museum for an in-depth look at the ghetto's role in the "Final Solution." To visit Terezin Memorial on your holiday in Terezin, and find out what else Terezin has to offer, use our Terezin tourist route planner.
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  • Such a beautiful and heartbreaking tour, and one I recommend for all. Pavel Batel speaks near perfect English and has a comfortable van with a/c. We were picked up on time from our Prague hotel. Pavel...  more »
  • We easily signed up with Petra Černá and Pavel Batel picked us up on time in his comfortable van. Pavel is a historian who written books about Terezin and is extremely knowledgeable about the camp. He...  more »
  • My first thought when I heard that the tour of Terezin was 7 hours long was 'How much could there be to say about this place?' But our family went ahead and signed up for the tour because we had a fam...  more »
  • Pastoral beauty belies horror of the place. Interesting exhibits. Many questions not fully answered.
  • A very important site to remind us what was endured in the 1940's. There was construction going on at the small fortress, it was great to see some money being spent to keep the site maintained.
  • Unlike how tour company markets this place, it's not a concentration camp. It served as a prison during WWII. It's still worth a visit.
  • Strange to give 5 stars to stick a place but this is special. We can't forget how many people died there weekend they were living in horrific conditions.
  • I went here on a school trip and I have to say it was amazing. We had a tour guide, but that is definitely not necessary for the impact of this to hit you right in your face. The whole place is much bigger than I would've expected and you can clearly see the different parts of the camp. It's largely unchanged with just a nice little museum displaying some items used from the camp and a gift shop standing out. The camp is surprisingly close to Prague and you can get there very quickly. At the same time, if you are visiting Prague for a short amount of time, this Terezin isn't compulsory.

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