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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 4-hour walking tour of Berlin’s old Jewish district and landmarks with a professional guide
  • Uncover Berlin’s Jewish heritage and learn about its Jewish community from the 17th century on
  • See the Rosenstrasse Memorial and explore the courtyards of Hackesche Höfe and the old Jewish cemetery
  • Witness the poignant Missing House and memorial to the 1938 November pogrom
  • Choose to visit the Otto Weidt Museum, where blind and deaf Jews gained protection from the Nazis
  • Stop to admire the stunning New Synagogue with its magnificent dome
Begin this 4-hour walking tour with a meet-and-greet with an expert local guide in East Berlin at the Hackescher Markt train 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. 

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 heritage site of Hackesche Höfe; 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; and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

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. Feel free to enter the synagogue (own expense) as the tour concludes.

Reviews

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M
, Aug 2018

Loved this tour. I believe our guide's name was Omer. He is an Israeli who moved to Berlin a number of years ago. He was very passionate about the subject matter. Our group was quite small so the conversations felt very personal and intimate. Despite the unbelievable heat, the time passed quickly and we covered quite a bit of ground and history. Yes! - this is a must-do while in Berlin

A
, Jul 2018

Knowledgeable and very cost effective. Well worth it. A private tour would have cost several hundred dollars and almost all sites were included in this tour.

S
, Jun 2018

Ariel was amazing! Great tour. We really appreciated his knowledge and as Jewish people we loved being shown the Jewish history by another fellow Jew. This was a really heartwarming tour and cant wait to be back in Berlin to learn more.

N
, Nov 2017

very worthwhile

J
, Oct 2017

I highly recommend this fascinating tour! Our tour guide was a graduate student in Jewish Philosophy, and she covered a great deal of material the origins and development of Berlin's Jewish community, the Holocaust, and beyond in a highly engaging fashion. She moved from the macro to the micro and back - juxtaposing historical overviews with anecdotes about particular individuals. She even touched upon the contributions of luminaries such as Moses Mendelssohn to the Jewish philosophical tradition and, generations later, the thriving Berlin Jewish intellectual community of the Weimar Republic.

B
, Oct 2017

Incredibly informative and interesting. There was so much that we did not know about prior to the tour even though we considered ourselves fairly well-informed about Jewish life in Berlin just before as well as during World War 2. Our Israeli tour guide had all the facts at her fingertips, answering many questions about the Jewish community in Berlin, both before the war, and also at the present time. I would highly recommend this tour.

S
, Sep 2017

Our guide Ariel knew the subject matter very well and also did a good job managing the logistics including breaks for food and bathroom. Highly recommended.

L
, Jun 2017

The tour guide Asap was very knowledgeable. Buying this tour on. Viator was a nightmare. They didn't give details about where to meet, the tour company they booked and that you needed a train ticket. I ran back and forth for 45 minutes trying to find the tour almost missing it. The first two people I asked at Insider tours nice heard of Viator the third person was a charm and told me the tour was through them and ready to leave I was there an hour early You can just show up at Insider tour and go on it.

Do not book a tour if they haven't provided details about the meeting place.

S
, Jan 2017

We enjoy this tour with our guide Oren. It was very interesting.

M
, Oct 2016

Maybe we misunderstood what the tour was about? It was really a history lesson which at times wasn't that interesting unless you were of the Jewish faith. It was also a very cold day and we were stood around for long periods just listening but thinking about keeping warm. The visit to the factory of Otto the Berlin Schindler the brush maker was very interesting and brought home the plight of the Berlin Jews during WW2. For us the tour needed to be more interesting and to move around to other points of interest.


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