The Ohre [Eger] river ran quietly through Terezin. The weir was pretty, so I took a photo! Looking at the River and remembering what I had read, it was hard to believe that even this River brought heartache to the Prisoners. You see, after the prisoners were cremated, their ashes were placed in paper urns and were stored in a building nearby. As...more
Terezin is quite a shock when you first see it! Most of the town is in disrepair, the buildings are old and neglected, many of them look empty! It looked like the town wanted to be left as it was years ago, to be remembered the way it was. It certainly set the scene for what else we saw in Terezin.We did find a couple of parks, they were neglected...more
A drive a little away from the town centre, brought us to the small fortress. We pulled into a parking lot so I could walk and take some photo's, only to be confronted with a person wanting money for parking. We moved on, and happened to find a wide area on the side of the road to park. The small Fortress was built at the same time as the large...more
Infront of the entrance to the Small Fortress, is the National Cemetery. This is where the bodily remains exhumed from the mass graves were reburied after the war. In photo's I have seen, red Roses were flowering by each grave, perhaps I was here at the wrong time as there weren't any, only many, many graves, altogether, 2 386 individual graves,...more
NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED IN THIS MUSEUMThis is a heart wrenching Museum to visit. We walked out feeling sad that humans could treat other humans so awfully! So, what did we see to make us feel like this?Lots! This Museum covered every aspect of what happened here in the ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941. BE WARNED, there is a lot of reading SO...more
Located in the Town Square is the Rathausgasse or Town Hall. When the town gained its independence from Litomerice in 1830, this led to the construction of the town hall between 1839 – 1841. There is a Latin inscription “Curia Iurum Arx MDCCCXXXIX” (Town hall fort rights 1839) and a town emblem given to Terezin in 1846 on the empire façade. During...more
We came by car to Terezin from Litomerice, a short 5kms drive. If you haven't read anything about this town, then you may be wondering at what your viewing when heading into town.What we saw, were red brick walls and what looked to be a Moat. Sure enough, it was the Fortress of Terezin and the inner ramparts with a moat and outer wall. No water in...more
The Town Square, also known as the Exezierplatz, is situated in the centre of Terezin, [formerly known as Theresienstadt] and in the location of the former Theresienstadt Ghetto, where Jews were imprisoned by the Nazis in 1941.I noticed the square was criss-crossed with paths, these actually are in the form of an X. The square was intended to be...more
Before coming to Terezin, we had decided to visit the Museum, so this is what we set out to find first. What we found close by, were the excellent Information Boards in my photo's.I suggest that you too peruse this as it is from these you can actually see the layout of the town, this is very interesting. Both of these maps show where to find the...more
The fortified town and the fort (called "Little Fort") were in the 18th century built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and named after the Empress Maria Theresa. Both the River Elbe as the Eger flows near the fort. Construction started in 1780 and lasted until 1790, eventually occupied the fort an area of 3.89 km ². It is designed in the style of Le...more
Terezin lies on the old road from Berlin to Prague. During the 1780s the main fort was built by the Habsburgs to defend their northern border against the Prussians. At the same time the small fort which was used as a military prison was built on the other side of the River Ohre. The forts could accommodate nearly 15,000 troops and hundreds of...more
If you wish to visit all the museums as well as viewing the buildings around the town it will take a full day. There are various charges for admission. A single ticket will get you into either the main museum or the small fort as well as the Magdeburg Barracks and cost 160CZK for an adult. A combined ticket will get you into all three museums and...more
Between the main and small forts there is a memorial that receives few visitors. If you have visited the Columbarium and Mortuary you will know that the ashes of those that had died were stored for later interment. The Nazis did not keep their promises and at the location of this memorial, the ashes of 22,000 Jewish Victims were thrown into the...more
There is a railway siding at Terezin that was used to transport people from Terezin to the east. 63 transport trains left for the east carrying 87,000 people. Their real location was the death camp at Auschwitz and only 3,800 people survived. The railway siding was built by the prisoners as an extension into the Ghetto from the main railway line.more
The square was always fenced off to prisoners during the second world war. During a visit by the Red Cross it was opened up and used as a park. As part of the deception a football match was staged and was filmed, with happy crowds looking on. Shops were suddenly full of goods for the day. The deception worked and the Red Cross concluded that life...more
This enclosure held up to 1500 of the most poorly treated prisoners. Block A pictured was for Russian prisoners and Block B for Jews imprisoned for breaking the strict rules of the ghetto such as teaching or stealing small items. A smaller number of single cells held those condemned to execution and those undergoing interrogation. As the end of the...more
A large spacious cemetery surrounds the crematorium divided into sections. The iconic image is the Menorah in the Jewish section, but across the pathway to the crematorium lies a Russian section with hammer and sickle. Up to 9000 are buried in this place, a final reminder before leaving Terezin of the evil embodied in the Nazi movement.NEVER AGAIN.more
Located at a distance from the walled city of Terezing is the Bohusovice crematorium which opened in September 1942 to deal with the increasing death rate in the ghetto and adjacent prison. The indivudual ovens (there are four here) were built by the German firm Topf and Sohne, who regularly sent engineers and technicians to improve efficieny of...more
Following WWII, the Communists created a museum in this former boy's school dedicated to those who fought Fascism. Ater the end of Communist rule, the Ghetto museum was created in one year opening in 1991 50 years after the first Jews were deported here. The city of Terezin is strangely quiet and the streets nearly deserted within the walls. On our...more
The remainder of the fortress tour includes the swimming pool built for the Nazi upper ranks by the inmates, a small movie theater, and the original commissary for the Germans now housing a small inadequate snack shop. Pictured here are the Third Yard, a series of craft workshops where the inmates were employed and also the large apartment building...more
Those sentenced to exection were led through the Gate of Death (pictured) and placed on a small hill fronting the outer brick rampart of the fortress. The shooters were placed prone in the cross-shaped enclosure and fired their weapons at that site. Also imaged is the infrequently used gallows - note how low the gallows is. Nazi hangings were not...more
The last and largest yard was built in 1944 to house the ever-increasing number of prisoners. Its large cell rooms held as many as 400-600 people each in bunks 4 high. In the solitary cells pictured, as many as 15 or more inmates were confined. The raised area before the triangular end of the wall was one of the executions sites, used for attempted...more
In the First Yard, visitors have access to all the rooms and are indeed led through them on the tour. Image 1 - the showers - this large communal shower room is identical in appearance and construction to the gas-emitting "shower rooms" of the extermination camps.Image 2 - the burner room - the source of heat and hot water for the prison inmates,...more
Heinrich Jockel was the commanding officer of the prison section for the entire period of WWII. According to an internet source, on occasion he would take all the packages mailed to the prisoners and create a special meal out of them - not only included food but the packaging and all contents - pencils, cigarettes,sewing needles. Tried for war...more
The heart (term used loosely) of the camp was the Administrative Yard. Incoming prisoners were first brought to the Guardhouse for interrogation and then to the clothing warehouse where their clothes were exchanged for prison uniforms - typically uniforms of nations defeated by the Nazis. The manager of the clothing warehouse, one K. Wachholz, was...more
Walking up the bucolic tree-lined lane to the fortress, first comes the double high brick walls with the deep moat between. This area was patrolled by guard dogs to prevent escapes. The entrance is through an arched long passageway. The ticket office is contained in this passage. On the left is a map of the prison as well as a small (and unvisited)...more
On 16 Sep 1945, Czech leaders including Jan Masaryk, held a ceremonial funeral and dedicated this national cemetery in the presence of survivors and the heirs of decedents from the Terezin camps. Over the next 12 years, the cemetery has grown to house 2386 individual graves and over 10000 remains buried in 5 mass graves marked by large pylons. One...more
Machova 163, Terezin, 411 55, Czech Republic
Good for: Families
This is a bog standard cafe, on the main square. It's a decent enough place to rest yourself and take stock after visiting the sights of Terezin while waiting for the bus back to Prague.
Some pictures on the walls show the level of the water from the 2002 floods. They remind you that life goes on in this town.
Favorite Dish: Coffee is the most likely bet... If you are really peckish, then a main meal costs around 130 crowns.
We are absolutely sure that the best way to see Terezin (LT) it's a self-guided daytrip from Prague. 10 buses each morning make the trip in a little under an hour. Most buses leave from the main bus station Florenc (platform #7) ((Metro line C Nadrazi Holesovice)), and at the time of writing they were departing from stands 16 and 17. The cost is...more
The last time I went to Terezin, 6 years ago I went by car, this time I decided to go by bus. Guide books etc tell you the bus goes from the Florenc Bus Station; this no longer appears to be correct. The bus now leaves from the Nádraží Holešovice Bus Station. I caught the bus at 10am from stand 7. This was where I discovered that if you...more
There are basically two ways to get to Terezin, each with advantages and disadvantages. The prime factor is the time it should require to adequately cover the sites - I estimate 6-7 hours. Unfortunately, each of the two access mechanisms gives you only 5 or at the most 6.Public bus - departs from the Florenc bus stop adjacent the metro station,...more
All we visited in Terezin, was the Ghetto Museum, so we just paid for that ticket.
If your interested in seeing all of the Museums and Memorials in Terezin, then I would look at buying the "all in one ticket" that costs 200 CZK ticket, which will allow you access to all of the different areas of the camp, including the Hidden Synagogue, Museum of the Ghetto and Magdeburg Barracks.
The OPENING HOURS ARE GOOD.
9am until 6pm (April to October)
9am until 5:30pm (November to March).
The Crematorium and the Columbarium are closed on Saturday.
The Crematorium opens at 10am and closes at 4pm (November to March)
Small Fortress opens at 8am and closes at 4:30pm (November to March).
Guided tours in English are only partaken if there are enough people.
You can visit Terezin on a tour from Prague.