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New Synagogue

The main synagogue of Berlin's Jewish community is built in splendid Moorish style, with a magnificent golden dome.

Nearby Attractions

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Pergamon Museum
Designed by Alfred Messel, it welcomes about one million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in Berlin.
Bode Museum
It houses an extensive collection of sculptures, treasures of the Museum of Byzantine Art, and the Numismatic Collection.
Ishtar Gate
A millennia-old vibrant blue gate recovered from the mystical City of Babylon in 1902.
The Missing House
This memorial was created by the French sculptor Christian Boltanski to commemorate the people who lived in that house before being destroyed by a WWII bomb.
Oldest Jewish Cemetery
The Alter Jüdischer Friedhof is the final resting place for thousands of Jewish that were buried between 1672 and 1827. Located on Hamburger Straße, it was returned to the Jewish community in 1948, after the war.
Memorial Jewish Cemetery
Located at the oldest Jewish Cemetery walls lies this memorial that was installed in 1985 next to the memorial stone. The sculpture is a group of figures as a reminder of the sufferings during the dark times of Nazism.

Related Tours

Berlin's Jewish Heritage Private Walking Tour
Explore the fascinating, harrowing, and inspirational history of the Jewish Community in Germany from the medieval period to the Holocaust on this private three-hour walking tour. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personal attention of your private guide, who can tailor the tour route to your specific interests. 
  • Explore St Mary’s Church near Alexanderplatz – wherein 1243 a number of Jews were accused of stealing the Holy wafers and burned at the stake. 
  • See the nearby Block of Women, a sculpture by Ingeborg Hunzinger and a monument to the courage of the non-Jewish women who protested against the Gestapo for the release of their Jewish husbands in 1943.
  • Discover the Museum Blindenwerkstatt – a 1940s factory where Otto Weidt, a broom maker hid his deaf and blind Jewish employees. He is known as the ‘unsung Schindler’ who protected his Jewish workforce from Nazi persecution.
  • Visit the fascinating and moving Anne Frank Centre.
  • Explore the hauntingly beautiful Old Jewish Cemetery, Jüdischer Friedhof Große and learn about its terrible desecration and renewal after the war.
  • See Willi Lammert’s sculpture “Jewish Victims of Fascism” which was placed next to a memorial stone, between the cemetery and the Jewish old people’s home that was commandeered by the Nazis in the 1940s, used as a prison for 55,000 Jews. 
  • Stop at The Missing House memorial: a huge gap between two sets of apartments, with plaques showing the names of those who lived at the house which was destroyed by a ferocious bombardment during World War II. 
  • Walk by the Jewish high school, Jüdisches Gymnasium, named for Moses Mendelssohn whose burial can be seen in the Old Cemetery. 
  • End with a guided tour of the magnificent New Synagogue of Berlin – built in the 19th Century and one of Berlin’s most beautiful architectural monuments. It was very nearly destroyed by Nazi arsonists during the November 9th pogrom - known as Kristallnacht.
Follow in the footsteps of the Jewish Community of Berlin on this private tour of highly significant monuments and memorials – some famous, some less well known - to the Jewish people’s struggles and triumphs in Germany over 800 years. You’ll learn how the Jewish people overcame persecution through the centuries, from the middle ages through to the pogroms, and especially the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust. Many of the stories are harrowing, yet also you’ll hear about the many acts of heroism and inspiring courage on this in-depth tour of a less well-known Berlin. 

Through the monuments to courage and valour of the Jews, you’ll come away from this tour moved and inspired about both Jewish history in Berlin, and the wider role this inspirational community has had on the 20th and 21st centuries in Europe and the wider world.
Jewish Heritage Live Virtual Tour
During this Jewish Heritage Live Virtual Tour, you will take a walk around Spandauer Vorstadt, in the Mitte district and learn the Jewish history in Berlin with your expert local guide.  On your virtual tour, you will:
 
  •  See the oldest Jewish cemetery in the city, destroyed by the Nazis, the Alter Jüdischer Friedhof in Berlin has been restored again and is now the oldest recognisable cemetery
  •  Learn about the establishment of the Jewish community in Berlin
  •  See the new synagogue on Oranienburger Straße built as the main place of worship for Berlin's Jewish community after they outgrew the old one
  •  Pass by one of the oldest bakeries in Berlin selling Vollkorn bread a healthy dark and sour bread stuffed with seeds and grains
  •  Learn about ‘stumbling stones’ or Stolpersteine which are concrete blocks laid into the pavement with the names and fate of Nazi victims engraved into a brass plate on the top of each Stolperstein. 
  •  Explore the hidden courtyards of Berlin. 
  The richness of spirit and intellect of Berlin's Jewish community was violently destroyed by the Nazis. There is no other city in the world that has more Holocaust memorials than Berlin, making it a part of the city’s everyday life. 
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