As you walk, learn about history-changing Berlin Jews such as Albert Einstein and philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, and chart the twists in the fortunes of the Jewish community, particularly during the devastating anti-Semitism of the 20th century and World War II. Hear, too, how Berlin is now home to one of the world’s fastest-growing Jewish communities.
See the site of the Old Synagogue and pause at the Rosenstrasse Memorial or ‘Block of Women’ monument. Hear from your guide how it honors the brave women who protested here in 1943 to save their Jewish husbands and fathers who were being held by the Nazis nearby.
View the former Jewish boys’ school, where a plaque celebrates Mendelssohn, one of its founders, and see the cemetery, where he is buried.
Stop at the Missing House, a gap in a row of buildings that marks where a house inhabited by Jews stood before being destroyed in WWII. Then, delve into the Hackesche Höfe, a complex of restored old courtyards that housed many poor Jewish immigrants before the war.
Next, visit the moving Otto Weidt Museum (own expense), a workshop where Weidt protected his blind and deaf Jewish workers during the Third Reich. Tour the original workshop rooms and learn how Weidt’s efforts have earned him the moniker of the ‘Schindler of Berlin.’
Finally, stop at the 19th-century New Synagogue to admire its stunning façade and dome as your guide explains its history. Your tour ends here, leaving you free to go inside the synagogue independently (own expense) or make your own way back to your hotel.
Please note: The order of activities as described above may change of the day of your tour.
East Berlin: Hackescher Markt train station
departs at 10am
departs at 10:30am
West Berlin Departure
Tour starting in West Berlin, departing at 10am
East Berlin Departure
Tour starting in East Berlin, departing at 10:30am
Jewish Heritage Half day Walking Tour of Berlin
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Berlin Transport AB Zone ticket, 2.70 Euro
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide in English and German
- Youth pricing applies to all travelers under the age of 26 years
- A moderate amount of walking is involved; good walking shoes are recommended
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately