The Basic Jewish Tour

Through parts of the Berlin's medieval center and its so-called 'Jewish Quarter' we follow the development of the Jewish community in Berlin from its humble beginnings to its heyday as a center of Jewish culture and learning - and its destruction at the hands of the Nazis. Sites include the Neue Synagogue, old Jewish cemetery and more.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Note: Some Jewish sites along this route are closed on Saturday.

Jewish Tours

Jewish West Berlin

Explore the Golden Age of Jews in Germany in the boroughs of Charlottenburg and Schöneberg, where the educated, assimilated and affluent Jewish elites lived and worked. Billy Wilder, Albert Einstein, Shmuel Yosef Agnon and Fritz Haber star in the dramatic story of a community which had everything, but had to leave it all behind.

 

Duration: 3-4 hours

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Grunewald & Wansee

Two powerful Holocaust-related sites in Berlin’s Western suburbs: Platform17 in Grunewald station, where thousand of Jews were deported to the camps, and the tranquil Wannsee villa,  site of the infamous conference This tour puts both memorials in context, exploring their histories as well as the affluent neighborhoods around them.

Duration: 3 hours

Note: Does not include guiding inside Villa Wannsee.  Here's why.

Weissensee Cemetary and Northeastern Berlin

 Jewish life is ever-present in the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, then a working-class settlement and today one of the hippest ares of Berlin.  Further north , in Weissensee, lies the largest active Jewish cemetery in Europe, where Berlin's Jews have been buried since 1880.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Note: Sun-Fri; Friday tours can't start later than 11:00.

Jews in Berlin: Then & Now

Jewish Berlin is much more than just the Holocaust. This tour focuses on the social evolution of the Jewish community in Berlin,  the challenges it faced within the German society and they way that these are reflected in its post-1945 development and the status of the community today.

 

Duration: 4-5 hours

Building a Memory

 Coming to terms with its Nazi past has been a  drawn-out and complex process for East and West Germany. How does one manifest what cannot be imagined? Berlin's many memorials, both famous and obscure, present an opportunity to explore the historical and artistic questions raised by the challenge of commemorating the Holocaust.

 

Duration: 5-6 hours

 

I offer two types of Jewish Tours. The first four tours on this page focus on Jewish life in a specific part (or parts) of Berlin; The other two take a more thematic approach, dealing with Jewish history from specific perspectives. In addition, I offer a tour to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen as well as custom-made Jewish tours, covering lesser-known neighborhoods, for those seeking their family roots.