Old Jewish Cemetery

Old Jewish Cemetery

Found in the Jewish quarter, this famous and ancient cemetary is sure to surprise. It's estimated that there are more than 100,000 bodies buried here.

The Old Jewish Cemetery is one of the oldest surviving Jewish burial sites in the world, with a remarkable history. Located in the Jewish Quarter, in Josefov, it was established during the first half of the fifteenth century. For many years, it was the only place where the Jewish population of Prague were allowed to be buried.

A place where time does not exist

The earliest tombstone (of Avigdor Karo) dates back to 1439 and, although the cemetery was expanded throughout the centuries, it was not large enough to meet the necessities of the Jewish community. Nowadays, the burial ground is practically as it was thousands of years ago.

Due to lack of space, the bodies were buried on top of each other throughout the years, sometimes piling up to 10 bodies in one grave space. There are over 12,000 tombstones and it is thought that there are around 100,000 people buried in these grounds.

No need to queue

If you get to the Old Jewish Cemetery and there is a long line of people, we recommend purchasing the admissions ticket in any of the synagogues in Josefov. With the ticket you can access the cemetery immediately. The admissions ticket is valid for all the synagogues and cemetery.

A definite must-see

Visiting the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is a definite must. It is one of the most impressive and unforgettable visits in Prague. 

Schedule

November – March: 9 am – 5 pm
April – October: 9 am – 6 pm


Monday – Friday: open
Saturday: closed
Sunday: open
Jewish holidays: closed

Price

Adults: 480 CZK
Children (aged 6 – 15), students (under 26): 320 CZK
Children under 6: free entrance
Free access with the Prague Card.

Transport

Metro station: Staromestska, line A.

Nearby places

Josefov (76 m)
Josefov's Six Synagogues (94 m)
Clementinum (286 m)
Staré Město (331 m)
Prague Astronomical Clock (342 m)