Czech Republic

Terezín is a small town in the Czech Republic with a somber past, known primarily for the Terezín concentration camp used during World War II. Today, it serves as a poignant memorial to the victims and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Read more

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Located just about an hour's drive from Prague, Terezín might appear as a quaint, fortified town at first glance. However, its history reveals a much darker chapter. Established in the late 18th century as a military fortress, the town gained notoriety during World War II when it was transformed into a ghetto and concentration camp by the Nazis. Although not an extermination camp, thousands lost their lives here due to brutal conditions.
Today, Terezín is a place of remembrance and education. The Terezín Memorial, which includes the Small Fortress, the Ghetto Museum, and several other monuments, educates visitors about the Holocaust and pays tribute to those who suffered here. Despite the heartbreaking stories encapsulated within its walls, Terezín also stands as a symbol of defiance, courage, and the enduring human spirit.
A visit to Terezín is a sobering experience that offers deep insights into the darkest chapters of human history, but it is also an essential journey that should be taken to ensure that the atrocities committed here are never forgotten or repeated.

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What to do in Terezin

Terezín Memorial

The main complex including the Small Fortress and Ghetto Museum, offering a comprehensive look at life during the camp's operation.

Magdeburg Barracks

Once a part of the ghetto, it now houses exhibitions related to the Holocaust.

Columbarium and Ceremonial Halls

Places where religious ceremonies were held; they offer a solemn look at the practices and rituals maintained even in the harshest conditions.

National Cemetery

A burial ground for those who lost their lives in Terezín, including a memorial monument.

The Hidden Synagogue

A secret room where Jewish prisoners held religious ceremonies, against all odds.

Terezín Fortress

The original fortress that predates the World War II ghetto, providing insight into military history.

Ghetto Museum Art Exhibitions

Showcases artwork created by the inmates, reflecting their hopes, fears, and daily lives.


A nearby town that offers a different aspect of Czech culture and history, contrasting yet complementing the somber theme of Terezín.

Elbe River

The river offers a scenic respite, running through the nearby areas and providing natural beauty.


Part of the memorial complex, this area is a crucial aspect of understanding the extent of the suffering endured here.

What else to visit
In and around Terezin

Litomerice (2.91 km)

At the confluence of the Elbe and Ohře rivers, Litoměřice is a charming Czech town known as the "Garden of Bohemia." With its cobblestone streets, Baroque architecture, and lush vineyards, this town is a picturesque escape for travelers.

Veltrusy Castle (28.73 km)

Situated in the quaint town of Veltrusy, not far from Prague, Veltrusy Castle is a Baroque masterpiece set amidst expansive natural parks.

Nelahozeves Castle (29.72 km)

Located just a short drive north of Prague along the Vltava River, Nelahozeves Castle is a Renaissance gem that transports visitors back to the splendors of the 16th century.

Lidice Memorial (41.07 km)

The Lidice Memorial serves as a poignant reminder of the darker chapters of human history, commemorating the village of Lidice and its inhabitants who were annihilated by the Nazis during World War II.

Liechteinstein Castle (41.07 km)

Perched atop a wooded hillside near Vienna, a fairy-tale fortress blending medieval architecture with the romantic allure of legends. As one of Austria's most picturesque castles, it captivates visitors with its enchanting setting and rich history.

České Švýcarsko (42.2 km)

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