1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Pletzl

Paris Jewish History 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Product ID: 43633
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Learn about the history of the Hebrew community in Paris, from centuries of persecution to the catastrophic WWII period, and to contemporary times. Visit sites such as Notre-Dame de Paris, the Pletzl area, the Art Nouveau synagogue on Rue Pavée, and more.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French, Serbo-Croatian
Wheelchair accessible
Cancellation policy
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Pletzl area, the historical center of the Hebrew community
  • See the Rue Pavée synagogue, a 100-year-old jewel of Art Nouveau architecture
  • Stop at the Goldenberg Deli to see its contemporary role
Full description
The history of the Hebrew community in Paris, and in fact throughout Europe, is rich and complex, and tragic on more than one occasion.

From a time centuries ago when there was a Hebrew community in the Paris area before France even existed, through the Medieval period and the rise of anti-Semitism, you’ll take a historical journey through to the present day.

On this 2-hour guided walk, your guide will tell you about the main events in the history of the Hebrew community in Paris.

Some of the important points were the raids of the French kings, the Dreyfus affair, WWII Nazi occupation, and the Vichy government. You’ll learn about the medieval origins of various superstitions and prejudgments about the Hebrew community.

The principal sites you’ll see on the tour include Notre-Dame Cathedral, the memorial to the victims of the Vichy regime, the Pletzl area in the traditional Jewish quarter, the Rue des Écouffes, the Goldenberg Deli, and the Art Nouveau synagogue in the Rue Pavée.
Includes
  • Tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages

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Meeting point

The meeting point is in front of Notre Dame de Paris, at the Charlemagne statue (on horseback). Your guide will be carrying a red canvas tote bag.

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Tours operate rain or shine.