The Cold War Years - Prague under Totalitarianism Tour with a Historian
History & heritage tours

The Cold War Years - Prague under Totalitarianism Tour with a Historian

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 3 hours
Do this because
  • Learn about totalitarian Prague from accomplished historians
  • Get to know about communist-era propaganda techniques in statues and frescoes
  • Visit pressurized bunkers and a mausoleum with a laboratory
  • See the John Lennon Wall
  • Walk through the Wenceslaus Square
What to expect

At noon on the first Wednesday of every month, Prague's air sirens are tested. The sirens and still-present bunkers in the city are a reminder of the struggles that occurred in the capital of a Soviet satellite state. On this walking tour, you'll journey through 40 years of Prague's history in the Cold War.

You'll start off in a large shelter built into Vitkov Hill. This site has always been home to the world's largest equestrian statue, dedicated to the general Jan Žižka. However, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSC) took power in 1948 in an “elegant coup” and created The Hall of the Red Army. Walk through the building and see the mausoleum which once contained the mummified body of Klement Gottwald, first chairman of the KSC, as well as the laboratory dedicated to keeping the embalmed body intact. From the top of the hill you'll get a wonderful panorama of the city, including the Television Tower.

Learn more about the daily lives of Prague citizens under totalitarianism. See the Letna Hill, which once had the largest Stalin statue in the world, and visit the John Lennon Wall, where citizens risked imprisonment to create graffiti messages of protest and expressions of freedom. Experience totalitarian architecture as we take in the brutalist National Assembly building built for the Communist Parliament. Walk to the famous Wenceslaus Square, where the Prague Spring of 1968, was suppressed with tanks.

Your tour will extensively cover the rise of communism in Czechoslovakia, the Velvet Revolution, the rise of Vaclav Havel as president, and the current state of the country's economy and culture. Emerge with a better understanding of Cold War Prague and today’s Czech Republic, a liberal democracy still recovering from the social and economic effects of totalitarianism.

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What's included
  • Historian tour guide
What's not included
  • Entrance tickets to St Vitkov Hill Monument - Hall of the Red Army Tickets

nám. Republiky 1079/1a, Nové Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia

Meeting point:

Meet at the door of the St. Joseph Church (Kostel sv. Josefa), just to the right of the Palladium Mall Entrance at Namesti Republiky 1, Prague 1

What to remember
  • If walking uphill is difficult for you, there is an alternative and beautiful walk in the city center which avoids the ascent to Vitkov
  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 participants
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  • Tuesday and Friday at 10.00am
  • Thursday and Sunday at 02.00pm
  • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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