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5 Essential Jewish History Sights in Berlin

5 Essential Jewish History Sights in Berlin

Berlin’s once-thriving Jewish community was largely destroyed during WWII, but many important remnants remain. From memorials and museums to reconstructed synagogues, the city is full of opportunities to learn and explore the turbulent history of Berlin’s Jewish residents. Here’s what to see. 

Otto Weidt Museum

This former broom and brush factory has been preserved almost as it was during WWII, when factory owner Otto Weidt used his business to employ blind and deaf Jews in order to prevent them from being deported to concentration camps. Today the site features exhibits such as photographs and letters from former workers. 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Set near Brandenburg Gate in the former location of the Berlin Wall, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe covers 4.7 acres (1.9 hectares) and contains 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern. The site is thought to resemble a graveyard of headstones or sarcophagi, and serves as a reminder of lives lost during the Holocaust. 

Old Cemetery

What looks like a small park in Berlin’s Mitte district was once the city’s first Jewish cemetery, destroyed by the Nazis in 1943. Some 2,700 people were buried in the Old Cemetery (Friedhof Grosse Hamburger Strasse), including German Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Today the site contains a sarcophagus filled with sand from destroyed gravestones, which commemorates all those buried there.

New Synagogue

Once Berlin’s main synagogue, this structure was destroyed by Allied bombing during WWII and rebuilt during the late 20th century as a memorial to the Jewish faith. Today the Moorish-style New Synagogue houses the Jewish Center (Centrum Juaicum), which depicts the story of the building and the people who worshipped there.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Located just north of Berlin, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was once one of the Nazi regime’s harshest prison camps. Today Sachsenhausen is a museum and memorial to the thousands of people who lost their lives there, with a library, archive, and open-air exhibits.

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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour

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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour

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Learn about WWII and the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial during this tour from Berlin. Travel by train and take a tour of the site, once one of the most pivotal concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Discover the camp’s history, see the barracks, infirmary, laboratory and cells, and listen to tales of courage and suffering sensitively told by your guide. Learn about the daily routines and fates of the 200,000 people imprisoned here between 1936 and 1945, and visit the intensely poignant site memorials.
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East Berlin Stories Small Group Walking Tour

East Berlin Stories Small Group Walking Tour

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Get to know Berlin beyond the main tourist attractions on this walking tour of the city’s interesting off-the-beaten-path sites. With a knowledgeable guide, gain insight into Berlin’s history and present-day culture as you check out locations like Humboldt University, the Jewish Quarter and Museum Island. Explore back streets to see old tenements, and end at the Berlin Wall for a peek at a hidden spot. Limited to 12 people, this tour provides a small-group experience.
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The Jewish Private Tour - A journey into the Jewish past of Berlin with N. Jacob

The Jewish Private Tour - A journey into the Jewish past of Berlin with N. Jacob

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Get to know Berlin’s Jewish history with the help of a private guide. This comprehensive walking tour takes in must-see landmarks such as the Neue Synagoge and Holocaust Memorial along with the Mitte neighborhood’s quirky Scheunenviertel and architecture-rich Hackesche Höfe districts. As a private tour, you start with a hotel pickup and even get to choose your preferred start time for an experience that’s tailored to you.
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In Search of Jewish Berlin - Small Group 3-hour Tour

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

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Spend a few hours exploring Jewish Berlin with a guide who is also a scholar of Jewish studies. Learn about the long history of the Jews in Berlin, particularly of the last century. Visit the foundation of the Old Synagogue and learn about the struggles of the Jews during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Then head to the great New Synagogue, built in 1866, before heading to the Jewish Cemetery and visiting a new kosher cafe to learn about contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.
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Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

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Develop a greater understanding of Berlin’s Jewish community, both past and present, on this guided small-group walking tour. Explore Berlin’s former Jewish quarter and learn about the city’s Jewish heritage from the 17th century to today. See landmark sites like the Old Jewish Cemetery, the New Synagogue, the courtyards of Hackesche Höfe and more. Also, visit the Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt, a 1940s-era factory where workshop owner Otto Weidt protected his blind and deaf Jewish workers from persecution during the Holocaust.
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Private Tour: Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

Private Tour: Jewish Heritage Walking Tour of Berlin

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Uncover Berlin’s Jewish heritage and culture on this private, 4-hour walking tour. Explore the city’s Jewish quarter with your very own guide, and gain insight into the history of Berlin’s Jewish community, from the 17th century right through to today. Visit key landmarks like the Old Jewish Cemetery, the New Synagogue and Otto Weidt Museum. See, too, the Missing House and Hackesche Höfe and learn about those who once lived there.
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour from Berlin with Hotel Pickup

Private Half-Day Walking Tour from Berlin with Hotel Pickup

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Seize the day in Berlin with this half-day waling tour, hitting all the must-see sights in this marvelous metropolis. Learn about the history of the city form the knowledgeable local guide, as you visit the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, the Tiergarten, Hitler's Bunker, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall, among other sites. Get an insider's look at the city on this tour, which provides an excellent orientation for exploring on your own.
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In Search of Jewish Berlin - Private 3-hour Tour

In Search of Jewish Berlin - Private 3-hour Tour

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Explore Berlin’s Jewish heritage and history on a private, 3-hour walking tour with a Jewish history scholar. Get unique insight into the lives of German Jews while exploring a historic Jewish orphanage and cemetery, then visit key sites in the earliest pogroms and political purges of the Nazi era. Learn about Berlin’s modern-day Jewish community in a bustling kosher café, then hear stories about the city’s earliest Jewish citizens as you visit the site of the demolished 18th-century Old Synagogue and the elegant 19th-century New Synagogue, an architectural landmark.
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