Walking Tours: Jewish Heritage Tour
Berlin used to be a center of Jewish life for many centuries and had one of Europe´s largest communities until the Nazi persecution put a tragic end to it. This walking tour takes you through the old Jewish Quarter of Berlin where we will search for traces of the past and witness a new flowering Jewish life in Germany´s capital. Visit the site of the city´s first synagogue, the golden dome of the New Synagogue, sites of successful resistance against the Nazi terror and the place where the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn was buried.
- Private tour
- Local tour guide
- Free hotel pickup
- Opportunity to visit the New Synagogue
Date and time:
At your hotel or any other central location
English, German, other languages upon request
Prices (incl. all taxes):
€ 149 per group
Offer and Booking:
Book the tour online using the yellow „Book now“ button on this page. For questions or to receive an individual offer with price and tour suggestion use the contact form on this page or simply call us at +49-30-220 11 88 89 (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time).
The tour can be customized according to your individual needs and your preferred meeting and ending point. During the tour partly public transportation is used – tickets are not included in the price. Maximum 30 travelers per group – for larger groups ask for an individual offer.
The tour leads through the Scheunenviertel (“Barn district”) that was a center of Jewish life until World War II. Many not so well-off Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe lived there before the war started. The tour begins at the place where Berlin´s first synagogue was built in 1714. It was destroyed during World War II – a commemorative plaque and stones marking the synagogue´s outline indicate where the building was located. Only a few meters down the road you will learn the tragic and heroic story of the Rosenstraße protests – in 1943 the non-Jewish wives of arrested Jews staged successful resistance actions against their husbands´ deportation here. And they were not the only ones who took risks to save Jewish lives during that period. We will also visit Otto Weidt´s workshop where Jewish workers were hiding in a backroom during raids and learn the story of Otto Weidt who, like the famous Oskar Schindler, has been officially recognized in Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous among the Nations.
As we continue the stroll, you will learn about the cultural life of Berlin´s Jews in the past and in the present, see sites of former Jewish hospitals, homes for the elderly and schools and the city´s oldest Jewish cemetary that was destroyed by the National Socialists – still it is definitely worth a visit as the grave of the famous 18th century philosopher Moses Mendelssohn can be found there. See the Jewish gymnasium, one of the city´s most prestigious schools today, kosher cafes and the beautifully renovated golden dome of the New Synagogue, and you will feel that Berlin´s Jewish communitiy with its more than 10,000 members is thriving again.
During the tour you will see:
- Rosenstrasse with a memorial to the victims of deportations and the sculpture “Block of Women”
- site of the Old Synagogue
- Haus Schwarzenberg with Otto Weidt´s workshop and the Anne Frank Center
- Memorial stones in the pavement in front of houses where Jews were deported
- Jewish Gymnasium – a school with a long tradition and a great reputation
- the New Synagogue and Centrum Judaicum
Interior Visit of the New Synagogue
The New Synagogue nowadays serves as the Jewish Community Center and museum. Visit the permanent exhibition on the synagogue´s history and Jewish life in Berlin. It is also possible to climb the dome. For more information go to the website of the New Synagogue.