Your tour of Polná’s historical landmarks begins at the synagogue
, which comprises one of the highlights of the triangle where the erstwhile Jewish ghetto once stood. At the synagogue you will get an insight into local history via the Regional Jewish Museum’s exhibitions The Jews in Polná and The Leopold Hilsner Story. Right next door stands the Rabbi’s Residence, the arcades of which lead you directly to the centre of the former ghetto, today’s Karlova náměstí. Following the arcades of the Rabbi’s Residence
leads you away from the Rabbi’s Lot, which marks the southern edge of the Jewish ghetto. Karlova náměstí, an unusual triangular square, is the perfect place to take a break and soak in the genius loci, as several centuries ago this was the centre of the local Jewish community. The entire ghetto comprises 32 mainly two-storey buildings whose walls have been silent witnesses to history. Head north, turn left and soon you will find yourself on another square, Husovo náměstí, where you can enjoy refreshments at the local cafés, restaurants and confectionaries. From Husova náměstí pass Sezimova náměstí to Nerudova St., at the end of which stands the Lower Gate, part of the original fortifications. Pass a factory building and you will arrive at a stream. It is there, on the outskirts of Polná, that you will find a historic Jewish cemetery
whose origins date back to the 16th
Polná is 149 km from the centre of Prague. It can be reached by car in approximately an hour and a half. The journey by bus or train takes two and a half hours.