Triumph and Tragedy over 800 Years
If you would like to go under the surface and uncover even more of Berlin's Jewish past, then this is the tour for you. We will discuss the struggle of the Jewish community to be accepted over several centuries, their emancipation in the 19th century, the devastation resulting from the Nazi era, and finally the slow and steady return of the Jewish community to Berlin today.
This tour is very similar to the Jewish Berlin Tour, but includes a special visit to the Weissensee Cemetery, which is one of the most extraordinary sites in all of Berlin. Unfortunately, due to its location relatively far north in the city, very few people even know about it, let alone visit it. It is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe (100 acres), has 115, 000 graves, and dates back to the 1880s. It is still in use today. It was not destroyed by the Nazis and is still completely intact, albeit overgrown. Visiting the cemetery is a truly unique experience that you will never forget.
- Site of Berlin's First Synagogue
- Rosenstrasse Women's Uprising Memorial
- Hackescher Markt
- Hackescher Courtyards
- Blind Workshop of Otto Weidt
- Site of Berlin's First Jewish Cemetery
- Site of Jewish Boys' School
- Missing House Memorial
- Stumbling Stones Memorial
- Koppenplatz Memorial
- Site of Jewish Girls' School
- Heckmann Courtyards
- New Synagogue
< Subway & Tram Ride >
- Weissensee Cemetery
This is just a suggestion! If you want to include any additional sites, please contact me and we can personalize your tour.
Please note that the tour will take place no matter what the weather - so rain or shine. As the Germans say, there is no bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so please be prepared with jackets and umbrellas if the weather forecast calls for chilly temperatures and rain.
(*Also, this tour cannot be done on a Saturday, as the cemetery is closed for the Sabbath. )
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I like to meet my clients in their hotel lobby, and after a short historical introduction, we will head off. If you prefer to meet at a central point downtown, just please let me know!
End location: The ending location is always different, but if you have a specific request, I can certainly make it happen!
Duration: 6 hours
This is a walking tour. If you prefer to be in a vehicle, I have several excellent contacts and can rent a car and driver for us at an additional cost. Please contact me for more details. It is illegal in Berlin to both drive and guide at the same time, which is why hiring a car and driver is necessary.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EUR - For Transportation Ticket and Lunch
I am not a driver, but I can arrange for a vehicle and driver at an additional cost upon request.