Berlin audio tour: Stumbling Through the Past: A Tour of Berlin's Jewish Quarter

Stumbling Through the Past: A Tour of Berlin's Jewish Quarter

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

Everybody knows that the history of the Jewish people in Berlin is troubled, to say the least. But that isn’t the full story, and in the lively Mitte district, it doesn’t take long to find illuminating sites from what was once one of the world’s most vibrant centres of Jewish culture.

On this tour, we'll go down alleyways and through courtyards to seek out the history of the Jewish people in Berlin from the Middle Ages through to the dark days of Hitler and the Nazis. There are stories of courage, resistance and strength in the face of death – like Otto Weidt, who risked life and limb to save his Jewish friends. Then there’s Daniel Itzig, who received equal status as other Prussian citizens, and Otto Belgardt, who helped save Berlin's fabulous New Synagogue.

You’ll also hear about:

• How women defeated the Nazis
• Berlin's secret courtyards
• How paintbrushes saved lives
• A party that started in the 1920s and has never stopped

This walking tour lasts roughly one hour, but feel free to stop and rest. There’s a lot to take in along the way, and also plenty to enjoy.

Tour Producer

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Simon J. James

Simon J. James is the founder of theberlintourguide.com and presenter of the Achtung! History podcast that takes you on a journey through the stories of history.

Major Landmarks

  • Alte Synagogue

  • Die Hackeschen Höfe

  • Otto Weidt's Blind Workshop

  • Jewish Girls School

  • Neue Synagogue

Directions to Starting Point

You'll begin your audio tour from Berlin's Marienkirche on Karl-Liebknecht Straße in the city centre.

From the major station of Alexanderplatz, to which the U2, U5 and U8 underground lines run, the S5 and S7 Stadtbahnlines and the M4, M5 and M6 trams also travel, walk from the station toward the famous television tower. Either walk through one of the passages or around, the church is near the fountains on the other side. You should be able to see its green singular spire with ease.

If travelling by tram, the M4, M5 and M6 will take you directly to the church, just exit at the stop Spandauer Str/ Marienkirche.

Parking is a little more difficult. There is some on street parking in front of the church, otherwise there is normally ample parking on Karl-Marx-Allee which is a ten minute walk away from the start location.

When you are at the church, I will be waiting for you in front of the doors.

I'll be in front of the doors waiting for you.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Die Hackeschen Höfe has many cafes for you to rest within or grab that needed boost of energy. On August Straße there is also Clärchens Ballhaus a wonderful stop for some evening refreshment and dancing if you so wish, and also the Jewish Girls School which has a fine selection of art galleries as well as a fantastic Pastrami eatery and Michelin starred restaurant.

Best time of day

Anytime, however in the evening there is the chance to enjoy Clärchens ballhaus for a unique Berlin experience.

Precautions

The Jewish quarter is Berlin's most original old quarter, with this in mind please be careful of bicyclists and trams on the narrow streets and adhere to the rules of the road.

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