Explore the “Former Jewish Quarter” by Foot with Private Guide
- Jewish Cemetery: Weißensee Cemetery is a tribute to the people who died from exhaustion, starvation, disease or torture in Nazi Germany.
- Jewish High School: Founded in 1826, this school provides its Jewish students with field trips, cultural programming and study groups.
- Former Jewish Orphanage and Former Jewish Girl School: Encounter culture at listed building, Jewish Orphanage Berlin-Pankow, and at a school-turned gallery/restaurant.
- "New Synagogue": Constructed between 1859 and 1866, this synagogue was once the main place of worship for Berlin’s Jewish community.
- Otto-Weidt-Museum: Located at Hackesche Hoefe Courtyards, this museum shines a light on the ways Otto Weidt protected working Jews.
About This Berlin Tour
There was a time when the people of Berlin believed the Jewish Quarter was finished forever. During the National Socialist movement, any area located outside of this quarter was referred to as “Aryan”. Jewish culture was not tolerated by Adolf Hitler, who destroyed millions of lives during his time as the Nazi Party’s leader. Berlin’s Jewish Cemetery is a reflection of this.
Weissensee Cemetery is Europe’s second-largest cemetery for Jews. Approximately 115,000 graves are scattered around the land. Take a moment to remember the people who fought Nazism and the victims of concentration camps by inspecting two memorials at the cemetery’s entrance.
Some of these victims would have attended the Former Jewish Girl School. This school stopped being a place of education when the Nazi’s took power and now, it houses a “Royal Grill”, Museum the Kennedys and Camera Work gallery.
With its alluring dome-shaped structure and dazzling gold Star of David, the New Synagogue is a proud reminder of how the city’s Jewish Community lived on after the Holocaust. The landmark is a symbol for the German people of Jewish faith, much like Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt. Blind and deaf Jews would make brushes and brooms inside Weidt’s workshop.
Today’s Jewish population in Germany
While it may be hard to believe, Germany’s Jewish community is expanding despite the fact the land saw a lot of bloodshed during the National Socialist movement. Since 1988 the country’s Jewish population has tripled, so much so that out of Europe’s Jewish communities, Germany boasts the fourth biggest! The 1990s saw explosive growth, because Jews from the former Soviet Union (FSU) emigrated at this time.
Please make your way in front of the S-Bahn Station Hackescher Markt near the East Entrance (near "AM to PM" Cocktail Bar/Coffee Shop) to meet our GoBe Representative.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather. Be aware that when it's windy, an umbrella might be risky!
Must walk for 2.5 hours during course of the tour at a leisurely pace. Expect long periods of standing. Tour is not wheelchair accessible but is suitable for those with limited mobility. Operator can provide mobile assistance with advance notification.
Private Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 30 days of requested services.
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