The Cold War Years - Prague under Totalitarianism
Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
Location: Prague, Prague
Product code: PG-Cold War
During your 3-hour Cold War Prague tour, our knowledgeable local historian helps you to grasp the daily struggles of Czechs under four decades of totalitarianism. Along the way, you visit sites that reveal the tensions of the Cold War, beginning with a sinister pedestrian tunnel lined with nuclear bunkers. Exploring the Vitkov Hill Monument, which showcased the mummified body of the first communist president, you’ll experience the heavy-handed communist-era propaganda forced upon an entire population. Enjoying
panoramic views of Prague, we take in the futuristic 1980s Zizkov Tower, once believed to jam Radio Free Europe. Descending to the city center and Wenceslas Square, we trace the events of the Warsaw Pact Invasion that sent tanks into Prague in 1968 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989
when hundreds of thousands of Czechs brought down the Iron Curtain.
*Explore the mausoleum that showcased the mummified body of Klement Gottwald.
*Delve into communist-era propaganda techniques in statues and frescos.
*Experience totalitarian architecture as we take in the brutalist National Assembly building built for the Communist Parliament.
*Follow in the footsteps of the Warsaw Pact Invasion and the Velvet Revolution and learn about major dissidents, including Vaclav Havel, playwright and post-Cold War president.
*Emerge with a better understanding of Cold War Prague and today’s Czech Republic, a liberal democracy still recovering from the social and economic effects of totalitarianism.