The tour of Mikulov’s Jewish town begins at the Upper Synagogue
, the last of the Polish type in the Czech Republic. It features an exhibition dedicated to Rabbi Loew and the history of the local community. From there you head south onto Husova St., where several stops await you. At no. 30 there is a dwelling house with a Renaissance core and Classicist façade
. At no. 22 you will find a house that previously featured a public passageway. No. 48 formerly housed a boys’ school that was compulsory for the over-fives under a reform introduced by Joseph II; it mainly taught the religious texts the Talmud and Torah in Hebrew and geography, mathematics and ethics in German. The building at no. 50 has noteworthy arches and a corner arcade on the façade, while at no. 52 there used to be a hospice
and the courtyard contains the remains of the former Michlštetrovská Synagogue
. At the end of Husova, turn left into the street Alfonse Muchy. At nos. 18 and 20 you will find what are known as the Alfons Mucha houses, in the courtyards of which stand the remains of an Ashkenazi Synagogue
. Turn back and keep going until you reach the Upper Synagogue. Just past it at no. 9 you will see a building with painted Renaissance arches and a double-columned entrance arcade. A few metres further on, at no. 8, Hotel Tanzberg
stands on the site of a former rabbinate. The building’s façade is adorned with a bust of Alfons Mucha, who stayed there in 1935. Metres further along you will come to no. 4, which at one time housed a school for the deaf and dumb
. Then head down the street U Staré brány, which leads you to a mikveh discovered in 2006. From there return to Brněnská where at no. 9 you will find another of the unique local houses. Kozí hrádek St. will then lead you to the cemetery
. It is home to an opulent ceremonial hall
designed by architect Max Fleishcer and the cemetery itself, one of the biggest in the Czech Republic. It contains two monuments and the Rabbis’ Mount, burial place of the most important Moravian provincial rabbis.
Mikulov is 250 km from the centre of Prague. It can be reached by car in approximately two and a half hours. The journey by train or bus takes four hours.