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Jewish Berlin Private Tour: Stories of Hope and Desperation

"Our tour guide Matti was one of the most knowledgeable tour guides we have ever had. He was informative, friendly, helpful, engaging and a wealth of information. Berlin is such an interesting place and historically it is one of the most amazing cities in the world. We would highly recommend this tour from every perspective."

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Embark on a journey through Berlin's former Jewish neighborhood, a district steeped in stories of resilience and tragedy. As you wander its enchanting streets, you'll step back in time and uncover the lives and legacies of the people who once called this area home. Their stories of endurance and achievements are etched into every cobblestone, every building corner

This immersive tour invites you to witness the spirit of this once vibrant community, woven into the fabric of the city's history. Discovering the neighborhood's hidden gems, from intimate memorial sites to grand architectural marvels like the New Synagogue, you'll feel the echoes of the past through the schools, cemeteries, and secret refuges that bear witness to the community's tale.

 

Our journey typically spans around 2 hours, offering a captivating glimpse into this evocative neighborhood. We can tailor the experience to your preferences, whether meeting in central Berlin or arranging a hassle-free pickup from your hotel. And should your curiosity lead you further, we can extend the tour to encompass other significant sites like Platform 17 or the Bavarian Quarter. Join me on this exploration of resilience, heritage, and history – where every step unearths a new chapter of Berlin's past and a deeper understanding of its vibrant cultural tapestry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will we see?

We will visit the following places: New Synagogue, Plaque for Regina Jonas, first female Rabbi, St Hedwig's Hospital & their efforts to save people, The Missing House (WW2 Memorial), Jewish Boys and Girls School, Oldest Jewish Cemetery & Deportation Center Memorial, Otto Weidt's Workshop for Blind Jews, Stumble Stones, Ahawah Orphanage, Adass Jisroel Orthodox Synagogue, Leo-Baeck-Haus, Wertheim department store and additionally we can add the following optional stops:  Platform 17 Deportation Memorial Grunewald, House of the Wannsee Conference & Liebermann Villa, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe & Max Liebermann Haus, Bavarian Quarter & Location of Einstein's House, Jewish Cemeteries Prenzlauer Berg & Weissensee

How long is the Jewish Berlin tour?

The typical duration for the tour on Berlin's Jewish area in Mitte is around 2 hours. However, if you're keen on exploring additional sites like the Bavarian Quarter or Wannsee, the tour can be extended. While the primary mode of exploration is by foot, if you choose to explore locations farther afield, such as Grunewald or Weissensee, it might involve utilizing public transportation or a private vehicle for efficiency and comprehensive exploration.

How much would a private Jewish quarter Berlin tour cost?

Private Jewish quarter tour costs can vary widely, generally falling between 50 and 100 euros per hour. However, the final price can be influenced by various factors like duration, group size, inclusions, and customization. Additionally, the use of private cars or buses for transportation during the tour can increase the overall cost. For accurate pricing based on your preferences and transportation needs, it's best to directly inquire with me.

How many synagogues are there in Berlin?

Before the Holocaust, Berlin had a significantly larger number of synagogues compared to the present day. Prior to the devastating impact of World War II and the Holocaust, Berlin was home to around 170 synagogues. This number included large and small synagogues, serving various denominations and reflecting the vibrant Jewish life that thrived in the city. Following the Holocaust and amid efforts to rebuild the Jewish community, a limited number of synagogues were reestablished in Berlin. The current count of synagogues, while significantly fewer than the pre-Holocaust era, represents the resilience of the Jewish community and its commitment to preserving its cultural and religious heritage within the city. As far as I know there are currently 11 synagogues in Berlin. 

Does Berlin have a big Jewish community?

The Jewish population in Berlin is estimated to be around 30,000 to 40,000 individuals. The Jewish community in Berlin today is diverse, comprising individuals from various backgrounds, cultures, and countries of origin. Many members of the contemporary Jewish community in Berlin come from different parts of the world, including Israel, Russia, the United States, Eastern Europe, and other countries. A significant number of Jewish individuals and families immigrated to Berlin following the fall of the Iron Curtain from the former Soviet Union. Additionally, there has been a notable influx of Israelis relocating to Berlin, drawn by the city's cultural vibrancy, opportunities and affordability.

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