Guided tour

Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

35 reviews

Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

From US$ 22.09 per person

Discover the history of Berlin's Jewish community, from the Enlightenment to the horrors of the Holocaust. From the ancient Jewish-Cemetry to the New Synagogue, learn how Jews prospered, perished, and rose again to thrive in Germany's capital.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup optional
Please wait in the hotel lobby 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Your guide will be wearing a yellow name tag for easy recognition.
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • See Berlin's Jewish Quarter, the New Synagogue, and the Workshop for the Blind
  • Learn about Berlin's Jewish life and culture, from the Enlightenment to the Holocaust
  • Learn about Mendelssohn, Einstein, and the Berlin Jews who made an impact
  • Discover Berlin's flourishing Jewish community in the present day, and find out where to eat kosher
  • Explore Hackescher Markt and Hackesche Höfe
Full description
Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the brutal truths of the Holocaust, up to its present-day revival. Uncover the history of Berlin's re-emerging Jewish community, learn about the people that made its greatest impacts, and see the sites that matter. From Moses Mendelssohn to Albert Einstein, Berlin's Jews have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination which, after seething for centuries, eventually devastated Europe, and the rest of the world, more recently than many of us would like to think. See the magnificent New Synagogue, and hear its incredible story, which mirrors the tale of Jews in Berlin before, during, and after Nazi persecution. See where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors, including the Workshop for the Blind, where one courageous Berliner risked his own life to save those of his Jewish employees. See the site of the ancient Jewish-Cemetry where Mendelssohn is still buried, and acquaint yourself with his significance in philosophy and Jewish history. Walk in the footsteps of working-class Jewish immigrants who dreamed of a better world. Hear the stories of women who aspired to be Rabbis, and the rich who desired poverty. Discover what it means, and what it once meant, to be a Jewish Berliner.
Includes
  • 4-hour tour with English-speaking guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Public transport tickets
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet outside Friedrichstr. train station, on the square beside the 'Traenenpalast' (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin

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Important information

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  • Please note that the tour runs rain or shine.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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A different perspective

Or, our guide, was patient with the very varied age and fitness levels in our group. He was informative and open to questions. This tour explains how the jewish population came to Berlin and the impact of persecution prior to the mass deportation. Although in a small area, there is quite a bit of walking. The tour is 4 hours long and has a half hour break - Orr will point out some good eateries. Dont just focus on the talk - there are some varied sights along the route, in particular the architect.

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July 22, 2019

Beyond Excellent!

I was so impressed with Ariel’s expertise, knowledge, and insights. He also was the most accommodating guide - we had a variety of people - all ages - and everyone was looked out for so wonderfully. Thank you to Ariel for an inspirational day. I look forward to many future tours!

June 30, 2018

Learmed alot about difference in how German jews & foreign Jews treate

Tamar did an excellent job helping us to learn about what went on in Germany and how that was different from what happened to Jews in other countries. This was never really discussed in my circles and I was quite surprised. She takes interest in what she does and gave us all suggestions for places to go after the tourl She genuinely wanted us to become informed and to enjoy out entire stay in Berlin.

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May 9, 2017

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