The tour has two parts. The first begins at the synagogue in Radnice
, just tens of metres south of the square Náměstí Kašpara Štemberka. Alongside a tour of the building you can take in an exhibition at the synagogue. From there you head east in the direction of Prague along Pražská St. where directly on the right, past Radnice, you will find a Jewish cemetery believed to be from the 16th
century and containing tombstones from the second half of the 18th
century. The transfer to Plzeň
takes under 50 minutes by train or bus though it is faster to go by car. The tour of Plzeň
gets underway at the New Jewish Cemetery
. There you can wander among around 2,000 tombs, view two memorials to the victims of war and remember your loved ones in serenity.
Once you have finished there you will head west down the main Rokycanská St., which will lead you to the city centre. The Old Synagogue
is hidden in a courtyard between the streets Smetanovy sady and Americká třída. As well as admiring its sensitively executed renovation, you can view an exhibition on the history of Plzeň’s Jews and their culture and traditions and take in a moving monument to deported Jews on the site of a former auxiliary synagogue in the garden. To reach the centre from the cemetery you need to take a bus before switching to a tram. You will then continue in your original direction until you reach Sady Pětatřicátníků. On the opposite side of the street stands the Great Synagogue.
Once the biggest synagogue in the world, the building’s grandeur and beauty will mesmerise you, though it also offers great arts events. From the synagogue you then head towards the Old Jewish Cemetery. There you can take a relaxing break in a park that stands on the original site of the Old Jewish Cemetery
and take in several remaining tombstones and a granite memorial.
Radnice is 73 km from Prague. The best route by car is to take the D5 in the direction of Plzeň, take exit E41 and then follow road no. 234. It is worth combining a trip to Radnice with a visit to Plzeň, which is 33 km away.