Choose your start time.
2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 hours
The lobby of your hotel
Whether you opt for a tour format of two, three, four, six or eight hours, your personal guide for the day will meet you at your place of accommodation, before setting out with you to uncover the different phases of the history of the Jewish community in Berlin.
From the 18th century – when Berlin became a hub of Jewish intellectual and cultural activity, with figures like philosopher Moses Mendelssohn advocating for full integration – to the dawn of Nazism, when Einstein was forced to quit his post at Humboldt University and emigrate to the US, Berlin’s Jewish community made major contributions in the fields of science, economics and the arts. Their achievements may have changed the way all of us live and think today, but they came against a backdrop of growing antisemitic hostility and discrimination, which came to a head in the 20th century, with devastating consequences.
Our unique tour will take you through the courtyards of Mitte, where working-class Jewish immigrants once dreamed of a better life. Close at hand and hard to miss is the magnificent New Synagogue with its glittering gold dome. You will be able to hear the incredible story behind this edifice, which reflects the fate of Berlin’s Jews before, during and after Nazi persecution.
You will also have the opportunity to visit Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind, one of the few safe havens where Jewish people found support and protection while Hitler was in power. Having led you to the Alter Jüdischer Friedhof (Old Jewish Cemetery), your specialist guide will explain how it was desecrated by the Nazis in 1943 in an effort to eradicate the memory of Jewish history in Berlin.
The tour will head to the site of the Rosenstraße protest, a rare act of civil resistance against Nazi policies. The “Block der Frauen” (Block of Women) stands as a memorial to the brave non-Jewish wives and relatives who protested against the deportation of their loved ones in 1943.
At the end of your tour, your Insider guide will be happy to point you in the direction of your next destination or advise you on how you might best spend your time in Berlin.
The following list of sites is intended to give you an idea of what you can expect to see on this tour. Please note that our exact route may vary on the day, depending on circumstances and your hotel pick-up point.
We had a great day with Alexander, who lived up to the description and more. Alexander has a seemingly endless knowledge of history, culture, music, art, fashion and food, and he communicates in such a personal and fascinating way, that you don't want to miss a single word. On top of that, he will show you places, that you would otherwise never find and tell you stories, that will both touch, amaze and amuse you. Being a former tour guide myself I am deeply impressed by the skills of this young man. He is a truely in a league of his own. Tracey N. July '23
Jamie the guide from isle of wight , was very very good. extremly knowlgelable, i would defenitly send local guides to a FAM trip to get familiar with the israeli jewish story and life. Benjamin K. July '23
Our guide, Asaf, was amazing, so knowledgeable and friendly. Very impressed and glad he was our guide. The information he was able to provide really added an extra level of depth to the tour. Kends June '23
Guide was very professional providing history of Berlin as a city. Then related the history of Jews in Berlin; how Frederick the Great invited Jews from Austria to settle in Prussia. With this background in mind we enjoyed a 3 hour walk throughout the areas of Jewish interest including a view of the New Synagogue which was partly rebuilt after the war. A very worthwhile tour. Nick7847 June '23
Excellent and informative tour. Eran was an engaging and eloquent guide. Would highly recommend this tour! J. Bends April '23
Great tour. We really appreciated his knowledge and as Jewish people we loved being shown the Jewish history by another fellow Jew. This was a really heartwarming tour and cant wait to be back in Berlin to learn more. Ken R. Nov. '22