Prague's Jewish Quarter
Set between Old Town and the Vltava River, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, known as Josefov, was founded in the 11th century, and grew steadily for centuries after, as those of the Jewish faith banned from living elsewhere in Prague—as well as those expelled from Moravia, Austria
, and other nearby countries—found refuge here. Today, the quarter remains one of Europe’s best remaining testimonies to Jewish history, with an array of notable sites. The six synagogues include examples from the 13th-, 16th-, and 19th-centuries, while the Jewish Town Hall was constructed in an 18th-century rococo style, and the neo-renaissance Jewish Ceremonial Hall is from the 1900’s. Don’t miss a visit to Franz Kafka’s birthplace, and a tour of the Old Jewish Cemetery, the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe.