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  • Location:Berlin, Germany
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Jewish Life in Berlin Half Day Walking Tour

Take a afternoon stroll through Berlin and its pre-war Jewish neighborhoods. Accompanied by an expert guide, Berlin's Jewish history will come alive on this fascinating walking tour. You'll visit all the major sites and buildings associated with the Jewish community in its heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries.


  • Walking tour of Jewish life in Berlin
  • See pre-WWII Otto Weidt
  • Visit the sites of synagogues and cemeteries
  • Hear about the demise of the Jewish population during the Holocaust
  • A great tour for history buffs

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What You Can Expect

Jewish Life in Berlin Half Day Walking Tour

Jewish Cemetery, Berlin

In the 1920s Berlin's Jewish community was the largest in Germany, numbering 200,000 at its height. From the early 1930s until 1945, the community was all but obliterated through immigration, persecution and finally the Holocaust.

On this afternoon walking tour you'll see the sites of the first synagogue in Berlin; the Boys School, founded by Moses Mendelssohn in the 1780s; the Old Cemetery site on Grosse Hamburger Strasse; and the spectacular New Synagogue, now rebuilt as a museum about the pre-war Jewish community and about the synagogue itself.

While you walk, you'll learn about the years of persecution from 1933 to 1945 by visiting the site of the main detention center used by the Nazis (the former Old People's Home). You'll hear about Otto Weidt and his workshop, and how he helped save the lives of many members of the Jewish community. You'll also see the site of the Women's Protest in 1943, perhaps the only mass protest against the Holocaust that ever took place.

This tour is recommended in the Goldapple Guide to Jewish Berlin by Andrew Roth.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide handled a sensitive situation very well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We thoroughly appreciated our tour with Carlos. He shared his knowledge with passion and perspective handling questions from the wide range of ages amongst our participants with focus on facts, poise, appropriate humor and candid comments. Thanks so much!
Sherry Grossman and Allen Spivack, Boston, MA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

our guide was Finn and we had an interesting tour with many hidden gems which
we would not have discovered on our own. very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Amazing guide. Had a wonderful understanding of the infiltration of Nazi propaganda into the Berlin population. Fascinating.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The tour was a great experience. The guide, Caroline, was excellent, highly knowledgeable, communicative and very pleasant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

our guide was very well informed and made the trip very interesting. This is a worthwhile tour which is quite a lot of walking but is all on the flat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

although there are just remnants, bits and pieces of what was the young man who guided us made it come alive. He kept up a running commentary as we went along and answered all questions patiently.Since he was from the states originally his english was perfect... it makes a difference.
He covered a lot of territory, both physically and historically, and it made for a very enlightening morning.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Our guide, Carlos, was great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

This was a very interesting, informative, sensitive and worthwhile tour of history that is not generally known. My guide had an excellent knowledge of Jewish life in Berlin prior to WWII.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

A very informative and enthusiastic guide! This tour is very worthwhile and helped to put into perspective the story of Berlin's Jewish community

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