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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

Explore Berlin's Jewish history on a walking tour

Begin this 4-hour walking tour with a meet and greet with an expert local guide in West Berlin at the Zoologischer Garten train station or 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.

Customer Reviews

S.H. J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide, Tal, was very good, we very much enjoyed the tour. she was very knowledgeable and interesting, but I was irritated that she skipped the lunch break so that we could end the tour earlier, even though everyone agreed to it except for me. We learnt a lot and it was a very good tour, but not quite as good as the four hour walking tour with the other company.

Seli K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Oner was really good!

Anita B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great tour--we learned so much.

Gary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent guide called Shlomit. Very interesting tour. Although 4 hours time went quickly and there was a short coffee break. Found out information that I'd never discover on my own. Would really recommend.

Robin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very interesting tour with an excellent guide.

Dipak G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This trip was fantastic and the guide was very knowledgeable. The was cold but was fine

Peter R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was, a Friday, and not the Jewish Heritage Tour i was never informed that tour only is done on Saturday and Tuesday however, I chose the Nazi period tour and was very happy with Barnaby, the tour leader who was excellent and never regretted for a moment choosing that alternative. He was well informed, very interesting and with a deep grasp of the period and many interesting asides and anecdotes that made that horrible period come alive once more.

Harvey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Shulamit was very knowledgeable and although she wasn't well she gave us a very informative tour.

Sandra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

lovely guideshlomit which made the tour very interesting, on the negative side it doesn't make it clear that you could start in east berlinwhich is where the tour is mainly given and not go to the west berlin venue.however we enjoyed the tour which was informative ,would recommend.

Donald E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was Ronen. He made this a terrific tour. He demonstrated a depth and breadth of knowledge of the places and events on this tour that made it not only enjoyable but educational as well. The pace was unhurried and Ronen gave enough of his time to allow for a deeper understanding of the places visited.

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