In Search Of Jewish Berlin - Small Group 3-hour Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10am and 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    Rosenthaler Str. 40-41, 10178 Berlin, Germany
  • Return Details :
    Berlin, Germany
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Your focus for this 3-hour history tour will be the main sites of Berlins 19th and 20th century Jewish history and the districts of Spandauer Vorstadt and Scheunenviertel (known as the Barn Quarter) in Berlin-Mitte. Take in the graceful avenue Oranienburger Strae, where the magnificent New Synagoge was erected in 1866. Learn not only of the conflicts between German Jews and Non-Jews but of tensions between the mostly assimilated German Jewry and the so-called Eastern Jews (Ostjuden) who filled Berlin in the 1920s after fleeing anti-Jewish violence in their homelands.

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Your walk begins at the remaining foundations of the so-called Old Synagogue, where your guide, a Jewish Studies scholar, helps you to grasp the challenges faced by German Jews during the middle ages and renaissance and to appreciate the rich cultural life developed by Berlins Jewish community in spite of their vulnerable status. Although the Jewish experience in Berlin began in the 13th century, intolerance was so entrenched that it took hundreds of years, until 1714, before Berlins first synagogue was erected in Heidereutgasse.

Taking in the graceful avenue Oranienburger Strae, where the magnificent New Synagoge was erected in 1866, you learn not only of the conflicts between German Jews and Non-Jews but of tensions between the mostly assimilated German Jewry and the so-called Eastern Jews (Ostjuden) who filled Berlin in the 1920s after fleeing anti-Jewish violence in their homelands.

Examine visual material such as photographs from Jewish street vendors and old newspapers, and consider how Jewish life in Berlin became far more visible in the 1920s. For precisely this reason, the established German Jewish community often regarded the influx of Eastern Jews as potentially dangerous for their own status within German society. Stop at an example of this philanthropy, the former Jewish orphanage in Auguststrae, which today is home to an exhibit hall and a coffee shop. (If the current exhibition is dealing with a topic related to our tour, a visit of the exhibition should be taken into consideration.). The Jewish Cemetery on Groe Hamburger Strae also gives a vivid impression of Berlins Jewish presence.

In front of the former Labor Office in Gormannstrae, we talk about the so-called Scheunenviertel Pogrom. By 1933, the Barn Quarter became one of the first settings of the Nazis political purges in the capital city. We discuss the series of sinister events that lead to full implementation of Hitlers Final Solution in Berlin while visiting sites that recall the Holocaust, such as the Missing House graphic, which lists the names of former Jewish residents and the Abandoned Room at Koppenplatz, which memorializes the Jews taken on the November 1938 Kristallnacht, and some of the citys 1,400 Stolpersteine (stumbling cobblestones), reminders of the Shoahs victims.

Before leaving the Barn Quarter, we visit the kosher coffee shop Beth-Caf to consider the renewal of Berlins Jewish life today. Our last stop is the New Synagoge, the architecture of which symbolized and celebrated Jewish assimilation in Germany. It is thus one of the most moving sites on our walk. Today it is home to the Jewish community reviving in Berlin, and moreover houses a gallery with changing exhibitions that you may wish to visit in conclusion.

Inclusions

3-hour tour of Berlin in the company of a Jewish Studies scholar

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Your tour guides are professors, grad students or journalists, who are also enthusastic hosts and storytellers. We love helping travelers discover our amazing cities.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 11-May-2022

    Very good tour. Enjoyed the conversation, discussion and his own personal insight to residing in Berlin.

  • 21-Mar-2022

    What a wonderful tour! Our guide, Ronan, impressed us with the layers of Jewish history in Berlin if you know where to look, pointing out many details we would have missed on our own. He was open to all our questions and tactful about giving us time to reflect and cope with our emotions at the Holocaust memorial. Glad we booked.

  • 14-Sep-2021

    Fantastic tour; knowledgeable, nice and patient historian guide! Wonderful off the beaten path tour! Should not be missed

  • 11-Sep-2021

    This was a memorable and meaningful tour. The Barn Quarter and Great Synagogue were so interesting and made us aware how deeply Jewish history is woven into Berlin. We were especially moved by the Rosenstrasse monument and Holocaust memorial. It was great to visit these sites with a passionate, knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.

  • 04-Jun-2021

    Excellent tour! This was our second tour with Insight Cities and I was so impressed again with the knowledge and passion of my guide, Lee. He knew so much about Berlin history even beyond its Jewish history. He wove in so many topics and then helped us get to our next destination!

  • 31-May-2017

    Heather, our tour guide, was the best person to take this tour with. Her passion of the topic really shines through into the tour, and I learned so much from it. She is very happy and open to discuss things with you, and is willing to answer any questions you have. Would highly recommend to those who are looking for an overview of all Jewish history in Berlin, as well as specific monuments, plaques, and museums. Fabulous tour.

  • 31-May-2017

    Heather, our tour guide, was the best person to take this tour with. Her passion of the topic really shines through into the tour, and I learned so much from it. She is very happy and open to discuss things with you, and is willing to answer any questions you have. Would highly recommend to those who are looking for an overview of all Jewish history in Berlin, as well as specific monuments, plaques, and museums. Fabulous tour.

  • 22-May-2016

    Isabel Daniel was an amazing guide. She answered every question we asked and was the nicest young lady you could possibly have as a tour guide. By the end of the tour we were inviting her to visit us in Los Angeles. She is completing her Ph.D in the topic we were exploring on this tour. We came away with a much better understanding of the history of Jewish life in Berlin from its beginnings in the 12th century. We highly recommend this tour. This small group turned out to be just myself and my husband.

  • 22-May-2016

    Isabel Daniel was an amazing guide. She answered every question we asked and was the nicest young lady you could possibly have as a tour guide. By the end of the tour we were inviting her to visit us in Los Angeles. She is completing her Ph.D in the topic we were exploring on this tour. We came away with a much better understanding of the history of Jewish life in Berlin from its beginnings in the 12th century. We highly recommend this tour. This small group turned out to be just myself and my husband.