Old Jewish Cemetery (Alter Juedischer Friedhof) Tours

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The Old Jewish Cemetery is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Berlin. It was built in 1672 and contains the grave of Moses Mendelssohn, a philosopher and the forefather of Jewish Enlightenment in the 1700s. It is estimated that around 12,000 Jewish people are buried here from the years 1672 to 1827. Unfortunately the cemetery was destroyed during World War II, and the site was used as a holding place for Jews before they were deported to concentration camps. The cemetery was reopened in 2008.

Since the cemetery suffered so much destruction during the war, not much remains of the original graves. Memorial plaques have been put up to honor Mendelssohn and other notable people who were buried at the Old Jewish Cemetery. Several thousand World War II soldiers ended up being buried here as well. Other memorial plaques and monuments here honor the Jewish community that once lived in this area and were deported during the war.

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The Old Jewish Cemetery is located at Große Hamburger Straße 26-27. 
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Address: Große Hamburger Str. 26-27, Berlin, Germany
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Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

Develop a greater understanding of Berlin’s Jewish community, both past and present, on this guided, 4-hour, small-group walking tour. Explore Berlin’s former Jewish quarter and learn about the city’s Jewish heritage from the 17th century to today. See landmark sites like the Old Jewish Cemetery, the New Synagogue, the courtyards of Hackesche Höfe and 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

Uncover Berlin’s Jewish heritage and culture on this private, 4-hour walking tour. Explore the city’s Jewish quarter with your very own guide, and gain insight into the history of Berlin’s Jewish community, from the 17th century right through to today. Visit key landmarks like the Old Jewish Cemetery, the New Synagogue and Otto Weidt Museum. See, too, the Missing House and Hackesche Höfe and learn about those who once lived there.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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