• Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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

Norma

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

very worthwhile

J G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Barry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Steven B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Susana R South Africa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

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

Rowena K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide, Oren S, was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. We could never have found these places on our own. We learned a great deal about Jewish life in Berlin, both before and after WWII.

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.

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