Jewish Life in West Berlin: The Hub of Jewish Creativity and Science from the 1920s

Our West Berlin Jewish Heritage tours shows many sites off the beaten track of the Jewish Quarter, but nevertheless of great importance. In a 3-5 hours tour that integrates public transportation and walking, we walk through the streets where Einstein, Bialik, Billy Wilder and other famous figures of Jewish life in Berlin of the "Golden Twenties" have lived.

We also visit the infamous Grunewald train station, from which most of the deportations took place, and see the monuments around them. We go to the house where a young Menachem Schneerson has lived, before coming to the United States; as well as the Charlottenburg neighbourhood, which was sometimes nick-named "Charlottengrad", because of the large number of Jewish Russian immigrants in the 1920s.

In the longer version of this tour, you can experience the moving memorial of the "Bavarian Quarter" and see the centres of Jewish life in divided West Berlin, and the explosion of Jewish life today, with a Rabbinical College, and much more. It might be possible to visit a school, an educational facility or the West Berlin Jewish Cemetery, if arranged in advance.

  • Tour can start from your hotel or from a central meeting point.
  • Tour is suitable for travellers on wheelchairs.
  • It is recommended to do this tour either with public transportation or with a car, given the distances between the sites.
  • This tour could be combined with other tours, such as the Classic Jewish Quarter tour or a tour to Charlottenburg Castle, Spandau or West Berlin's history in general.