Walking Tour: Operation Anthropoid, Heydrich and World War II
During a three-hour walking tour, you will get to know the story of Operation Anthropoid and the decisive role Czechoslovakia played in the Second World War. You will pass the building where used to be the Gestapo headquarters where Reinhard Heydrich was in boss. It is currently used by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. A plaque attached on the outer wall commemorates the Gestapo victims who were murdered in this building. The walking tour ends at the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius in the Nové Město district where a fight took place between the Nazis and the paratroopers who had injured Heydrich who succumbed to his injures one week after the assassination attempt. The small museum in the crypt is dedicated to the paratroopers who played such a major role in Operation Anthropoid.
Walking tour operation anthropoid: practical information
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Tynska 7, just behind Tyn Church in Old Town Square
Visit: Church of St. Cyril and Methodius and the museum in the crypt
Cancellation: free up to 24 hours in advance
Guided walking tour with an English-speaking guide who tells about the role of Czechoslovakia in the Second World War, about the first days of the war, the student uprising and the resistance and operation anthropoid.
Operation Anthropoid was the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. He was one of the main perpetrators of the Holocaust and had contributed to the Kristallnacht in 1938. Heydrich had resistance fighters executed and deported in order to put an end to the Czechoslovak resistance.
Assassination attempt on Heydrich
On 27 May 1942, Josef Gabcik and Jan Kubis were waiting in ambush at a bend in the road in the Liben district of Prague. They were waiting for the chauffeur-driven car that took Heydrich to his office in the centre of Prague. Gabcik aimed at Heydrich who was sitting next to the driver, but his gun failed. Join the walking tour to hear the whole story or read more here.