Surviving the 20th Century Tour with Professional Guide
Surviving the 20th Century - Guided Walking Tour - duration 2h
See a different side of Prague and gain a deep insight into some of the biggest events of the 20th century in this country. In the company of a knowledgeable local guide, explore some of the most important sites that experienced an unsettling modern past. Listen to tales about the efforts for independence and freedom, hear about the horrifying suffering and sacrifice, hope and crushed dreams. Learn what life was like under the communist dictatorship, about the long road to democracy, and see Národní třída and Wenceslas Square, the hubs of the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
Your guide will be waiting to meet you at the Old Town, on a threshold of the Old Town Bridge Tower, to begin an exciting adventure through time! Once you appreciate a panoramic view of the Prague Castle, you will learn that the largest statue of Joseph Stalin used to be situated near there. Little by little, your guide is here to take you through all the major events. Listen to the way the Czech nation escaped the Austrian grip and became an independent Czechoslovak democratic state, one of the strongest economies and also the last functioning democracy in Eastern and Central Europe after 1933.
Through this tour, your history knowledge is bound to expand, as you discover the methods that the communist regime used, the enduring influence of the USSR, as it gained power and shaped the formerly democratic state into a dictatorship, where the human life was diminished to almost nothing. Your guide paints a vivid picture as he unravels how the Soviet tanks invaded Prague in 1968 and shot the National Museum on Wenceslas Square. This is also the square where young students burnt themselves alive in order to unite the people against the common enemy in 1969 and whose memory is honored until today. As you walk down the streets, your guide continues to explain the past that led to shape the Velvet Revolution of 1969, which was a victory for democracy after 40 years of communism. Listen to the tragic tales filled with brutality, morals and ideals while there will also be lighter and more humorous stories from when the dictatorship ended.
• The view from Charles Bridge of Prague Castle, contrasting with the place of the former Stalin monument
• See the most important sites involved in the events of WWII, the Communist period, the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution
• Experience the modern history of Prague through the insight of a local guide
• Professional guide
•Any food, drink, entrance fees or services not mentioned above.
This is a walking tour, comfortable footwear and weather appropriate clothing is recommended.
Child Age: 3-18