Humboldt Tours Berlin

Stories of Berlin’s Jewish Neighborhood Private Tour

Berlin 4 hours

This tour takes you to the Spandau suburb, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Berlin and once the epicentre of Jewish life. City history condenses here in a confined space, at the same time it is wonderful to stroll. The history of the Jewish community in Berlin goes back to 1671. Before the Second World War and the devastation of the Nazis, it was the largest Jewish community in Germany. After reunification, it began to flourish again and is now one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing in the world! While you hear about moving destinies, visit museums and monuments and stroll through the narrow streets of this neighbourhood, this career unfolds in your mind's eye.


Site of Berlin's first Synagogue Site of the Rosenstrasse protests Courtyards at Hackesche Hofe Museum Otto Weidt Stumbling Stones Project Grosse Hamburger Strasse Missing House Installation by the french artist Christian Boltanski Jewish High School and former Jewish Nursing Home Jewish Cemetery with a symbolic gravestone for Moses Mendelssohn Abandoned Room Installation Auguststrasse, one of the oldest streets in the neighbourhood and now the centre of the contemporary art scene Former Jewish School for Girls Residence of Regina Jonas New Synagogue


The tour focuses on today's lifestyle district around the Hackesche Hofe, beautifully restored courtyards in which charming boutiques, hip cafes and trendy galleries await guests. At the location of the first synagogue in Berlin, you will learn something about the origins of the Jewish community. You will visit Otto Weidt's former workshop for the blind, who was honoured as one of the Righteous Among the Nations because he saved the lives of many Jewish Berliners during the Nazi era. The Grosse Hamburger Strasse, where the oldest Jewish cemetery in Berlin, the Jewish grammar school and the former Jewish nursing home are located, was of central importance to Jewish life. From here, thousands upon thousands of Jewish Berliners were deported to the Nazi concentration camps. In the cemetery, you can see the grave of honour of Moses Mendelssohn, an influential Jewish intellectual and representative of the Haskala, the Jewish Enlightenment. The memorials and places of Jewish life are numerous and can be found at every turn, be it the former Jewish girls’ school, today the address of chic restaurants and a gallery, or the home of Regina Jonas, the first rabbi in the world. The most important architectural testimony to Berlin’s once-glamorous Jewish life is the New Synagogue, an impressive building from the 19th century and now a museum and cultural centre.


Pick up and drop off at your hotel Private expert tour guide Public transport ticket for the walking option Private car or driver for the driving option Entrance fees

Nordsee, 4, Spandauer Straße, Spandauer Vorstadt, Mitte, Berlin, 10178, Deutschland, Berlin, Berlin Get directions
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