1. Germany
  2. Berlin
  3. Scheunenviertel

Berlin: Following the Traces of Jewish Life (Tour in German)

Product ID: 38077
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Embark on an exciting journey through Berlin and its past and discover the traces of the once rich Jewish life and culture surrounding the golden dome of the synagogue in Berlin’s Oranienburger Straße.
About this activity
Duration 90 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live guide
German
Wheelchair accessible
Easy cancellation
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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn more about Jewish life in Berlin and the ups and downs of its turbulent history
  • Discover the historically fascinating buildings as well as the religious and social institutions of the Jewish communities in Berlin
  • See the magnificent Moorish-style synagogue on Oranienburger Straße and the synagogue of the alternative community Adass Israel
Full description
Set out on an exciting search for the traces of Jewish life in Berlin and embark on a journey through the turbulent history of the German capital. In the so-called Spandauer Vorstadt, a part of Old Town often mistakenly referred to as Scheunenviertel (Barn Quarter), located between Oranienburger, Tucholsky and Große Hamburger Street, you will find not only the traces of Jewish everyday life, but also the most important historical, religious and social institutions of the Jewish communities in Berlin.

The old cemetery, schools, the synagogue, the hospital and a nursing home here were built at the end of the 17th century. After they were destroyed by the Nazi regime or used for other purposes and then neglected during the era of the German Democratic Republik, many Jewish institutions have now been revived or reopened. These include, for example, the College of Jewish Sciences, the Central Council of Jews in Germany formerly located in Frankfurt and the Jewish school on Große Hamburger Street.

Explore Jewish everyday life on an informative walk through the historic streets of the Old Town. See the magnificently restored New Synagogue, the gilded dome of which has become a new landmark in this urban district, and see the Lost House. Visit the grave of the Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, discover the changing history of the Jewish communities in Berlin and let yourself be touched by the often dramatic fates of both famous and unnamed Berlin Jews.
Includes
  • 2-hour walking tour in German
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Pick-up and drop off

When you get there

Meeting point

At the black iron gate in front of the old entrance to the synagogue.

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Tours take place in any weather condition. Please wear weatherproof clothing.