Jewish Heritage Tours

Jewish History in Berlin

The history of Jews in Berlin is a fascinating one and it is as old as the city itself. In the beginning they were mostly quite poor, orthodox, living in self-enclosed communities and speaking Yiddish. The integration of Jews into the surrounding German society is a process that started at the end of the 18th Century, with the Enlightenment Movement or the “Haskalah”. The latter centered around figures like the philosophers Moses Mendelssohn, and Solomon Mimon as well as the bussinesman David Friedländer. On our tour we shall discuss the process of integration and assimilation – including its setbacks – from its beginning in the late 18th Century to its zenith in the first half of the 20th Century. The destruction of this community once the Nazi’s came to power stands in contrast to their success. We shall discuss the different ways in which german society has dealt with it’s problematic past. That will enable us to better understand the complexity of the memorization culture in Germany throughout the years and its reflection in the city’s monuments. The sites included in the list on the right hand side represent the Classic Jewish Tour in the Old Jewish Quarter.

Included Sites*

  • The remains of the Alte Synagouge, the oldest Synagouge in Berlin.
  • The Memorial on the site of Moses Mendelssohn’s Home
  • The Memorial to the Women’s Protest from Rosenstraße (Rosen Street)
  • The Hackesche Höffe (the courtyards area)
  • The Otto Weidt Museum – the site of Otto Wiedt’s Workshop for the Blind
  • The Jewish Cemetery in Große Hamburger Street
  • The former Jewish Boys’ School (today Jewish High School)
  •  The Missing-House Memorial 
  • The Neue Synagogue (New Synagogue)

 

*  The above is a suggestion. All our Tours are tailor-made and the exact itinerary depends on your time and interests. The order of the sites may change depending on your selected starting point.

There are many options for an extended Jewish tour. We have put together a few popular variations for your convinience to chose from. 

If you have a specific itinerary in mind or a disired combination, we will be happy to design a tailor made route that best suits your time and interests. In such cases please contact our office and we will be glad to assist.

 

Option #1: Extended 4-hour tour in the area of the Old Jewish Quarter

In addition to the above mentioned 3 hour Classic Jewish tour:





  • The site of the Große Jüdenhof (the medival Jewish area).
  • Nicolai Quarter and Veitel Heine Ephraim House
  • The site of the Nathan Israel Department Store
  • The former Girls’ School
  • The former Jewish Hospital, later Beit Ahava (House of Love) Children’s Home
  • The Abandoned Room Memorial

Option #2: Classic Jewish Tour + Track 17 in Gruenewald (5 hours)

This option incorporates the Classic Jewish Tour and a visit to Track 17 in the train station of Grunewald, the station from which most of the deportations of the Berlin Jews set out. There are four monuments at this emotional site located on the outskirts of the city.

Option #3: Classic Jewish Tour + The Bavarian Quarter (5 hours)

This option combines the basic Jewish tour with a visit to the Bavarian Quarter in the neighborhood of Schöneberg. It is an area where many assimilated, upper-middle class, Jews used to live. It even got the nick-name ‘the Jewish Switzerland’. The area is home to some fascinating projects of commemoration.

Depending on your time and interests we can adjust your tour itinerary to include the following sites:

  • The Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe **
  • The Book Burning Memorial **
  • The Monument of the Kindertransport and the moving story behind it.
  • Memorial to the Jewish Fashion and Clothing Industry in Huasvogteiplatz.
  • Jewish cemeteries in general, but in particular the Jewish Cemetery in Weissensee, and the Jewish Cemetery in Schönhauser Allee, where some of Berlin’s prominent figures are buried.
  • Villa Wannsee Museum, the site of the infamous Wannsee Conference.
  • Many more…

** This site is usually included in the Berlin Highlights Tour. If you plan on taking that tour as well, then you will already have seen this site.

Fees & Costs

All prices include VAT, booking and guiding fees and mandatory German tour insurance. Whats not included? Public Transportation tickets, entry fees (where applicable), food and beverages (unless stated otherwise) and gratuities.

Flexible

We will pick you up from your hotel lobby or other desired starting point at the time of your choice.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund at least 7 days prior to date of tour. 50% refund 3-6 days prior to date of tour. Thereafter (72 hours and less) no refund.

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Pricing Chart

Choose one of the following options

Classic Jewish tour
discover the Old Jewish Quarter
€180
  • 3 hour tour
  • Hotel Pickup
  • walking and using Public Transportation
Package Option #1
Extended Old Jewish Quarter
€230
  • 4 hour tour
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Walking and using Public Transportation
Package Option #2
Old Jewish Quarter and Track 17
€280
  • 5 hour tour
  • Hotel Pickup
  • walking and using Public Transportation
Package Option #3
Old Jewish Quarter and Bavarian Quarter
€280
  • 5 hour tour
  • Hotel Pickup
  • walking and using Public Transoprtation