Jewish Berlin Walking Tour

Jewish Berlin Walking Tour

This three-hour small group walking tour traces the complex, 800-year history of the Jewish population in Berlin. In the company of a social, cultural or political historian, you will explore the triumphs that Jewish thinkers, artists, public figures and common people achieved in this city while also investigating the tragedies that they suffered.

Although Jews first arrived in Berlin in the 13th century, the first synagogue - the so-called Old Synagogue - was only established in 1714 in the wake of the Friedrich Wilhelm I’s tentative steps toward religious toleration.

Rate includes Metro ticket for transportation around the city during the tour.

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3 hours


10:00 am on Sunday & Wednesday

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.



Your tour will begin at Heidereutgasse, the site of the Old Synagogue, using its foundations (all that remain of the building) to build up an image of Jewish history during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. From there, the tour will make its way to the neighborhood once known as the Scheunenviertel (“Barn Quarter”), the center of Berlin Jewish life from the 18th century onwards.

Passing numerous sites of historical and contemporary significance - including synagogues, schools and the old Jewish cemetery (in use from 1672 to 1827) - you will explore the cultural and commercial successes of Berlin’s Jews, successes that reached their peak in the Weimar years (1919-1933). It was during this period that Max Reinhardt staged his plays, Arnold Schoenberg and Kurt Weill composed their music, Max Liebermann and Lesser Ury painted their great works and Jews in diverse industries became part of the vital fabric of Berlin.

As your guide chronicles this history, however, there will also be a discussion of the insidious parallel growth of anti-Semitism during the same period, which burst dramatically and disastrously to the surface after the ascendance of the Nazis in 1933.

Beginning with the Nuremberg Laws, which systematically stripped Jews of various human, political and economic rights and proceeding through the horrors of deportation and genocide between 1941 and 1943, the tour looks at a number of significant vestiges of the Holocaust that are woven into the fabric of the city, including the Missing House graphic at Grosse Hamburger Strasse 15/16, which lists the names of former Jewish residents; the Abandoned Room at Koppenplatz, which serves as a reminder of the Jews taken on Kristallnacht; and some of the city’s 1,400 Stolpersteine (“stumbling blocks”), which are designed to recall the fates of all the victims of the Nazi policies.

As you discuss this dark period of Berlin's history, the tour will also include sites that recall secret resistance to the Third Reich. The walk will conclude with visits to two sites that emphasize the complexity of Jewish history in Berlin and the efforts of contemporary German society to find appropriate means of commemoration: the New Synagogue in Oranienburger Strasse, with its recently reconstructed golden dome and Peter Eisenman’s controversial Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. These two sites perfectly encapsulate the purpose of this walk, which is to understand the social, intellectual and cultural achievements of the Jewish community in Berlin while simultaneously underlining its trials and tragedies. They invite visitors to consider how, in a city that is once again a thriving center of Jewish life, memories of the Holocaust exist side by side with a desire and a need for new growth and new development.

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

December 31, 1969