Terezín town or Theresienstadt is without doubt one of the most important places related to the modern history of the Central Europe. Former Nazi concentration camp and prison was set up in the Czech Republic in 1941. The main purpose of the camp was to collect there Jews from all around Europe awaiting transfer to Auschwitz and Treblinka extermination camps. Today, the World War II site is preserved as an incredibly expressive Ghetto Museum and memorial, telling the horrifying truths of the Holocaust, as well as the stories of tens of thousands prisoners held at the camp and the many others who lost their lives there. The dreaded Small Fortress of Terezín was a former Gestapo and SS prison.
Traditional Czech cuisine for lunch
Visiting the Terezín Ghetto is definitely very interesting and unique experience but due to the dark history of the place it is also quite gloomy. To cheer ourselves up after visiting the memorial we will go to nearby historical Litoměřice town and have a fantastic lunch there in a superb local restaurant called Bašta. This place is famous for the best of the traditional Czech cuisine and very popular among the local people!
Wine with a love story behind
And to cheer ourselves up even more the afternoon program will include visiting of the best Chateau Winery of the Litoměřice region – Johann W. This winery in little village called Třebívlice is a part of the oldest vineyard region in the Czech Republic established in the mid-11th century. In the Middle Ages the area around Litoměřice, was the second largest wine-growing region in Bohemia, coming in just behind Prague. Unfortunately, for some time the Třebívlice tradition came to a halt in the 19th century and the restoration began only in 2004. Since then vineyards have been spreading around the area.
The labels of the Třebívlice wine bottles depict a gracious and beautiful lady, whose name is Baroness Ulrike von Levetzow. You may have heard of her as she was the last love of the outstanding German poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe. At the age of 72, he fell in love with her, when he met her in North Bohemia. Unfortunately, she was just 17 so their love remained unfulfilled. Suffering from a broken heart, Goethe would never return to his beloved Bohemia and died a few years after their meeting. Ulrike lived to be 95 and spent most of her life at the Třebívlice Chateau, where she was also laid to rest. The two of them have met again, at least symbolically, thanks to the winery printing the poet’s name and the beautiful face of his last Muse on the labels of its bottles.
The Třebívlice vines are planted on a limestone massif and basalt volcanic rock. Thanks to this and obviously also to the climate the wines produced in this area boast a pleasant aroma and a unique character with a distinctive mineral content. The varieties grown in the local vineyards include Müller-Thurgau, Moravian Muscat, Sylvan Green, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
After the wine tasting we will visit one of the most beautiful vineyards in the region that lays right under the medieval castle Hazmburk. Just this last stop is an amazing experience itself but for you it will be the last part of the beautiful day well spent.
9:00 Departure from your hotel in Prague
10:00 Arrival to Terezín
10:00 – 12:30 Visiting Small Fortress, Ghetto Museum, Magdeburg barracks, Crematorium and the National Cemetery in Terezín
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch in nearby historical town Litoměřice
14:30 – 16:30 Wine tasting in Johann W. winery.
16:30 – 17:00 Visiting of the Hazmburk vineyards / glass of wine.
18:00 Arrival back to your hotel in Prague
Private group up to 8 people.
Price per Person: 2,100 CZK / 84 EUR (Group of 5 – 8 people)
Price per Person: 3,200 CZK / 128 EUR (Group of 3 – 4 people)
Price per Person: 4,400 CZK / 175 EUR (Group of 2 people)
The price includes the transportation, services of the tour guide, admission fee to Terezín memorial and winery excursion including 5 samples of wine in Johann W. winery.