Tracing Jewish Berlin

  • Walk back in history with an experienced tour guide and understand the Jewish culture of Berlin.

  • Duration icon3.5h
    Participants icon3 - 10
    Offered in English, French, German
  • Tracing Jewish Berlin

  • Walk back in history with an experienced tour guide and understand the Jewish culture of Berlin.

  • Duration icon3.5h
    Participants icon3 - 10
    Offered in English, French, German
  • Offered in English, French, German
  • Meet your host, Martin S
    Photo of Martin S

    Hi everyone! I'm Martin, and I'm a professional, certified tour-guide for Berlin and surrounds. German-born and raised, I moved to Berlin in the late 1980s, experiencing the fall of The Wall first-hand. In the mid-1990s I moved first to London, then to Paris, and back to the UK again, where I studied European Cinema Studies at Bath University before being offered a bursary from Warwick to do Ph.D. My Ph.D. thesis was on a Holocaust-related topic which, in 2010, brought me back to Berlin where I briefly worked at the Holocaust Foundation before finally finding my vocation by becoming a professional tour guide.

  • What you will see and do

    In 1933, about a third of Germany's Jewish population lived in Berlin, many of them in the so-called Spandauer Vorstadt. The reason for this Berlin-neighborhood turning into an area predominantly inhabited by Jews is manifold. For one, when Berlin still had a city wall, Jews were only allowed to enter the city through its northern gates, which happened to be located in this district. Another reason is, that in the 17th century, according to a decree issued by the Elector of Prussia, any Jew who didn't own a house, had to relocate to the Barn Quarter, a section of the Spandauer Vorstadt which centuries later, would become the Berlin-version of an Eastern European shtetl. Embark on a discovery with me as your local guide and find out all about the former Jewish Girls' School, the vanished Jewish Cemetery destroyed by the Nazis in 1943, the haunting Deportation Memorial, the Memorial for the Rosenstrasse Protest and, plus, of course, the fabled New Synagogue and much more!

  • Included iconWhat's included

    my expertise as a trained, certified tour-guide
  • Not included iconWhat's not included

    drink, food, etc.
  • Policy iconCancellation policy

  • I'll be at the Burg Strasse entrance of the train station Hackescher Markt

  • Berlin  » History