- What exactly is a ghost walk?
- How many tours do you conduct per year?
- What is the average size of your groups?
- Will someone jump out at me on the tour?
- Are your tours suitable for children?
- Do the tours involve a lot of walking?
- Disabled people - can they participate?
- Do your tours run in bad weather?
- Do you run tours all year?
- What makes McGee's tours different?
- What do you get by choosing us?
- Is Prague the most haunted city?
- What are some of the spookiest spots?
- Will we see a ghost?
- What is your favourite ghost story?
- Where can I find more information?
Firstly, it is a walking tour. We walk to special places that have some special ghost story and we investigate the energies that still may reside at the place. As we walk, we tell the legends and take our cameras to settings where the ghost tracings may show themselves as orbs..
We currently run four different main tours, plus the additional underground walk option. Our tours are (to date):
- Ghosts and Legends of Old Town
- Prague Castle after Dark
- Underground Walk by lamplight
- Mental Asylum Graveyard Tour
Some of these tours run at certain times of the year only (check individual tour pages for details), some run daily, for instance Ghosts and Legends of the Old Town, others run on certain days of the week, for instance Prague Castle after Dark. We do conduct other tours upon request for private customers.
All in all, we run approximately 800 tours per year, which adds up to around 12,500 customers each year.
The numbers vary from season to season and the tours can be quiet at times, but on average a group consists of about 8-12 people.
Some tour companies like to do this, but we at McGee’s never conduct this kind of tour. We believe the stories we will tell you are scary enough!
We can offer customised tours specifically aimed at children but in general, our regular tours appeal to all ages. Some of the legends are quite complicated, however, and so may not appeal to very young children. Please be aware that some of our tours visit historical sites and so may not be suitable for baby buggies / carriages. Email us at [email protected] if you require any further information.
Some involve more than others. Prague Castle after Dark involves more walking because we are covering stories and history that relate to the large complex of a former empire. The ghost tours are not a long walk – more like a stroll in the park. And, people tell us that the tour seems to go fast because stories about ghosts seem to keep people on the move and in anticipation for the next story.
Some of our tours visit historical sites and so access can be limited. If you require any assistance or information, contact us at [email protected]
Yes, we do tours in all seasons and in all weather conditions.
Some of our tours run all year round, others are seasonal. See each individual tour page for details. In addition, we do not run tours on 24th, 25th or 31st December.
We have a reputation for being the original ghost tour in Prague. Our tours include the underworld and the tours themselves are informative and entertaining. Our tour guides have passion for the subject. We also have some personal stories to tell about ghosts. Please look at the statements by our customers, many of whom also take tours from our competition. We hear repeatedly that we are not only the best tour in Prague, but some of our customers tell us ours tours are the best they have ever seen.
A lot of good information about the paranormal; stories told in an entertaining way; a nice overview of architecture and history of an empire; a glimpse into the underworld of a haunted place where dungeons kept prisoners; memorable sights of ancient towers and hauntings; specific tales of Templar Knights and alchemists; and much more. Customers tell us our tours have that special wow factor.
All cities are haunted, older ones even more so, so it may not be possible to say that one particular city is the most haunted of all. But because of its ancient character and the number of disturbing historical events that have taken place here, Prague is definitely one of the world’s most haunted cities.
Over the centuries Prague has been the scene of plagues, pogroms, countless wars, invasions by foreign armies, mass executions, and political and religious repression. Many people believe that these types of traumatic occurrences leave behind energy traces or echoes in time, and Prague undoubtedly has a lot of these. Many residents and visitors alike say that they can strongly feel the energy currents of the city. And all of this is probably the reason why there are so many legends and ghost stories which have originated here.
Probably some of the creepiest spots that we visit every night are the following:
- Towering above a narrow side street in the Old Town looms the immense and immensely haunted Church of Saint James. There are dozens of legends attached to this eerie location including one which explains the blackened human arm which hangs from a chain on the wall of the sanctuary. Every night without fail our tour guests photograph here all sorts of strange anomalies and bizarre lights and images.
- A little way from the church there are 27 white stone crosses built into the pavement of the Old Town Square just in front of the town hall. They mark the exact location where 24 rebellious Czech noblemen had their heads chopped off and another 3 were hung by the Holy Roman Empire on 21 June, 1621, known locally as the “Day of Blood”. Every year at midnight on the eve of the summer solstice these 27 dead men return to the place of their execution…
- Out on the Charles Bridge, surrounded by the cold misty night and the crying of river birds in the darkness, stands a statue of St. John of Nepomuk, near the spot where he is said to have been tied to a wheel and thrown from the bridge into the black waters below, after being mercilessly tortured by King Wenceslaus IV, who wished to learn the secrets of his queen’s confessions from St. John, her confessor. Nearby hovers the spirit of a poor abandoned child whose sinless mother was sent to Hell by a trick of the Devil, and occasionally the child can be heard sneezing in the gloom.
The most important building for Czech alchemists during the reign of Rudolph II in the 16th Century – a great supporter of Occult science and alchemy – was the Powder Tower at the Prague Castle. The tower was built in 1496, first served as a cannon bastion, later it was used as a bell foundry, then for storing gun-powder, but also as an alchemical laboratory.
It’s said it was difficult for the alchemists to breathe in the poorly ventilated tower. They revolted, demanding to be allowed to breathe the fresh air of the Stag Moat below the tower. The emperor Rudolph II turned down their request but they continued to protest, cutting off their hair and throwing vessels out of the Powder Tower into the moat below, and worst of all, threatened to produce no more gold. Rudolph was furious, and them brought to the Stag Moat, where they were thrown into iron cages and hung from the trees. They all died from hunger and thirst, and the menagerie in the Stag Moat lived off the meat of the wise…
Living in a city like Prague, it’s hard not to run into ghosts both on and off the tour. The long and complex history of this region has involved a lot of violent change over the centuries: religious wars, pogroms, plagues, the rise and fall of empires, and wars of nationalism in more recent times, the Nazi occupation followed by a half-century of totalitarian dictatorship… Just as these events have had tangible repercussions in the visible physical world, they also cause massive disturbances in the less visible realms of energy and leave behind multitudes of chaotic spirits. Prague is saturated with these energy currents, especially the area where McGee’s Ghost Tours operates in the old medieval centre.
I myself have seen a phantom ghost in the underground where a torture chamber once existed; we have heard as well strange noises in the underworld; taken rather interesting photos of orbs (some orbs can be scary); spotted gargoyle-like images in places that are allegedly haunted; and well… these details are best told to you face to face and at the place where these happenings occurred!
One of the most famous statues on the Charles Bridge is of Saint John of Nepomuk ,and people believe touching it will bring them good luck. The Catholic Church recognizes St John as the patron of the confessional. He’s also a national saint of Bohemia. He was the confessor to the queen in the 14th Century. Because her husband, King Wenceslaus IV, was a jealous man who suspected his wife of indiscretions, he demanded that St John reveal everything his wife had said in the confessional booth. When St John refused, the king had him arrested and tortured.
In fact, the king was so enraged that he himself went into the torture chamber, took a torch from the wall, and plunged it into St John’s side. He held it there for some time, sure that, under the torture of the flame, John would give up the queen’s confession. But this noble man never opened his mouth. So the king had him tied to a wheel and tossed into the River Vltava from Charles Bridge. Legend has it, on March 20, the night of St John’s murder, five stars are seen as a halo over the very spot where he was drowned.
After the execution, one of the arches of the bridge collapsed and no one could repair it. Local masons came and rebuilt the arch only to see it collapse again and again, as if it were under a curse. Then a builder came from afar and he said that he could easily fix it because of his great experience, but he also tried everything without success. One night, the devil appeared to the builder and offered him help. In exchange, the devil wanted only the first soul that would walk over the repaired vault of the arch of the bridge. The builder readily agreed because he had a plan to trick the devil. He decided that, as soon as the bridge was finished, he would let a cockerel run across it. Then the devil could take the bird’s soul to hell.
The arch was firm and held up well but no one was allowed to set foot on the bridge until the day of the ceremonial opening. Meanwhile the builder kept the cockerel hidden in the Old Town Bridge Tower. But the Devil was more cunning. He took on the shape of a building-assistant and went to the builder’s home and found his wife who was with child. He told her that she should run to Charles Bridge to help her husband, who had been injured in a horrible accident. The poor woman ran off hysterically and, at the gate, the guard knew her so he let her pass.
When the builder saw his wife running across the bridge, he understood that he had been out-tricked by the devil. The next night, the builder’s wife died, and with her, the child that she was expecting. According to legend, the spirit of the child can still be seen floating above the bridge in the darkness, and every once in a while you might hear him softly sneeze in the cold, wet night.
if you require further information, you have several options. You can email [email protected] or if you are already in Prague, you can visit our Prague Trips & Ticket office at Tynska 7, Prague 1 where you can purchase tickets for our tours and for many other attractions.