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

Jewish Life in Berlin Half Day Walking Tour

Develop a greater understanding of Berlin’s Jewish community, both past and present, on this guided, 3-hour walking tour. Explore the former Jewish quarter in Berlin and learn about the city’s Jewish heritage from the 17th century to today. See landmark sites like the “Block of Women” Memorial, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the New Synagogue and much more. Also, visit the Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt, a 1940s-era factory where workshop owner Otto Weidt protected his blind and deaf Jewish workers from persecution during the Holocaust. A Berlin city map is included.

Highlights

  • 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

Begin this 3-hour walking tour with a meet and greet with an expert local guide in West Berlin at the taxi stand at Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten or in East Berlin outside the Weihenstephaner restaurant at the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station. Then set out to explore the city's Jewish heritage, from the days of its first 17th-century immigrants, through the horror of the Holocaust, to the present day. 

Along the way, learn about some of Berlin’s past Jewish residents who changed the world as we know it, like Albert Einstein and philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, who founded the first modern public school for Jewish boys. 

Visit the site of the Old Synagogue, which was destroyed in World War II, and the “Block of Women” memorial to the women’s uprising of 1943, a peaceful attempt to save their Jewish husbands and fathers from deportation by the SS and the Gestapo. Also, see the Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt, a 1940s-era factory where workshop owner Otto Weidt protected his blind and deaf Jewish workers from persecution during the Holocaust.

Finally, visit the 19th-century New Synagogue, one of Berlin’s most significant Jewish landmarks. It was the main synagogue of the Berlin Jewish community and an important architectural monument of late 19th century Berlin. Today, it is home to the Centrum Judaicum, which traces the history of the building and the life associated with it.

Customer Reviews

Indy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide handled a sensitive situation very well.

ALLEN S

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

CGV

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.

Karin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

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

shmuel r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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

Diane E

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.

letty b

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.

Joel A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Our guide, Carlos, was great!

Lynne F

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.

Barry W

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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