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Berlin Walking Tour: Jewish Berlin - Destruction and Rebirth

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Discover Berlin's unique history from the days of the Enlightenment through the horrors of the Holocaust up to the revival of its flourishing communities of the present day.

Highlights
  • Visit Berlin's Jewish Quarter, the New Synagogue and the Workshop for the Blind
  • Find out about Jewish life and culture in Berlin
  • Learn about famous Jewish representatives like Mendelssohn and Einstein
  • See the ancient Jewish Cemetery, which was desecrated by the Nazis in 1943

Description

Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the horrors of the Holocaust, up to the revival of the present day, as Berlin fosters one of the world's fastest-growing Jewish communities.

Mendelssohn and Einstein are just two examples of Berlin Jews who have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development, changing the way all of us - Jews and non-Jews alike - live and think.

Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination, which came to a head in the 20th century, with devastating effect.

See the site of the ancient Jewish Cemetery, which was desecrated by the Nazis in 1943 in an effort to eradicate the memory of Jewish history in Berlin.

Walk through the courtyards where working-class Jewish immigrants dreamed of a better world. See the the magnificent New Synagogue and hear the amazing story of this building, which reflects the fate of Berlin's Jews before, during and after Nazi persecution.

Visit the Workshop for the Blind, one of many places where non-Jews risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbours.

"fascinating and heartbreaking" - Sunday Times UK.

Please Note:

  • Children below 13 years old are free of charge if accompanied by a paying adult. Seniors and students (under 26 years old) have special rates. Please inquire.

  • An AB zone travel ticket is required for this tour ONLY when departing from our West meeting point.

Please choose either the East OR West meeting point.

Includes

  • English-speaking guide
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Departing from Meeting Point West

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 09:50

    Check-in at S+U Zoologischer Garten Train Station

  • 10:00

    Tour begins

  • Old Jewish Cemetery

    Visit Alter Jüdischer Friedhof, the ancient Jewish cemetery where Moses Mendelssohn was buried. The cemetery was destroyed by the Nazis in 1943 and was restored in 1948. Today, see Willi Lammert’s sculpture “Jewish Victims of Fascism” standing tall at the cemetery.

  • New Synagogue

    See the beautiful architecture of one of Berlin's most important Jewish landmarks, the Neue Synagoge. Learn about the synagogue's rich history which spans more than a century - from the second world war and the Nazi occupation in Germany to its significance to the Jewish community today.

  • Workshop for the Blind

    Explore the Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind which was once a brush-making factory purposed to protect blind Jews during the Nazi occupation. Now, the factory is a museum dedicated to Weidt's efforts during those times where you'll see the brushes, brush-making machines, photos and more.

  • 14:00

    Check-out at S+U Zoologischer Garten Train Station

Adult ( Age & over ) From Senior ( Age & over ) From Student ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) Free
Departing from Meeting Point East

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 10:20

    Check-in at S Hackescher Markt Train Station

  • 10:30

    Tour begins

  • Old Jewish Cemetery

    Visit Alter Jüdischer Friedhof, the ancient Jewish cemetery where Moses Mendelssohn was buried. The cemetery was destroyed by the Nazis in 1943 and was restored in 1948. Today, see Willi Lammert’s sculpture “Jewish Victims of Fascism” standing tall at the cemetery.

  • New Synagogue

    See the beautiful architecture of one of Berlin's most important Jewish landmarks, the Neue Synagoge. Learn about the synagogue's rich history which spans more than a century - from the second world war and the Nazi occupation in Germany to its significance to the Jewish community today.

  • Workshop for the Blind

    Explore the Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind which was once a brush-making factory purposed to protect blind Jews during the Nazi occupation. Now, the factory is a museum dedicated to Weidt's efforts during those times where you'll see the brushes, brush-making machines, photos and more.

  • 14:30

    Check-out at S Hackescher Markt Train Station

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  • (For Check-In) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 09:50:00

  • (For Check-Out) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 14:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 09:50:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 14:00:00

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Departing from Meeting Point West
  • An AB zone travel ticket is required for this tour only when departing from West meeting point.

Additional Note(s)
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  • Children aged 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying Adult.

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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 10:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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