Close to Prague: A Memorial to a Village Annihilated by the Nazis
The melodious word Lidice is far more than simply the name of the Czech village completely wiped off the face of the Earth by the Nazis. It is also the name of a new village built after WWII and practically in the same location. The tragic history of the citizens shocked and touched the entire world. Many villages changed their name to Lidice in an expression of solidarity and many parents named their daughters Lidice. When I met one of them as far away as Ecuador, I was quite surprised by the reach of the story.
Understanding what happened back then… the most significant act of WWII resistance, the assassination of the Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich, referred to as the executioner of the Czech nation, resulted in a massive wave of terror and repercussions. Among those who paid the highest price were the citizens of the obscure village of Lidice. The Nazis issued the order for its annihilation despite knowing that their hypothesis concerning the connection between the assassins and Lidice’s citizens was false.
When visiting Lidice with your private guide, you will first see a multimedia exposition in the Lidice Memorial explaining the fascinating context and details of events that should never be forgotten. The exposition is well arranged and impressive. You will walk through the grass area outlining the perimeter of the original village. The greenery is penetrated in several places by memorials of the tragic events of June 10, 1942. These atrocities took place here as an act of revenge exactly 14 days after the Heydrich assassination.
The Crypt of the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius – before leaving for Lidice, we recommend visiting the Prague Memorial of the Heydrich assassination, located in the crypt of the church of Cyril and Methodius. Upon completing their mission, the assassins, as well as other members of the resistance (a total of 7 men) were found hiding there. Thanks to a betrayal, the Gestapo learned of their hiding place and immediately besieged the crypt. Outnumbered a hundredfold, the seven men managed to resist for several hours!
The price of the tour includes the cost of transportation and guide services. We calculated the listed basic price for transportation using a luxury minivan for the minimal duration of the tour. Please add 15 € or $20 for every additional hour.
|Lidice – minimal duration = 3,5 hours / minivan*|
|Minivan 1-3 people + guide||135 € = $160|
|Minivan 4-7 people + guide||150 € = $180|
*Alternate modes of transportation are available for this tour by train or bus. The price is considerably lower than using the minivan. We’ll be happy to provide you with a tailor-made calculation.
Why is there a surcharge for a longer tour? Occasionally the tour is prolonged in order to visit a particular monument or allow more free time. In any case, all of this depends on your desires.
Entries to the monuments form a rather small part of the overall cost of your trip. You will pay for them separately and directly. We will include information about entry costs in our e-mail communication.
IN THE FOLLOWING FORM, WE WILL BE ALSO ASKING YOU ABOUT:
Which of the above sights highlighted with a mark would you like to visit inside, beyond the scope of the basic walking tour? You will be asked to pay for entries to the sights directly on spot to their respective box offices.