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Berlin's Jewish Heritage

Berlin's Jewish Heritage

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You can’t talk about Berlin without talking about the Jews Berlin’s Jewish heritage is more than a list of sights; it is an experience in the lives of true and real Berliners, where we’ll weave the incredible stories of this city into a comprehensive overview that ranges from the origins of the Jewish communities, their experience in the splendor of Prussia, the rise of Berlin as the capital of the Haskala, the emergence of the Nazis, and Jewish Berlin’s post-war rebirth.

This is an amazing, personal, and authentic Berlin Jewish experience that gives you an inside view of the City's turbulent past and promising future. We pick you up at the ship in Warnemünde or Rostock in a comfortable A/C car, van, or bus.  We’ll whisk you to Berlin in comfort and style.  Your guide, driver, and vehicle will be completely yours for the entire day.

Berlin is a fascinating city and the more things change (and they have), the more they stay the same. We’ve designed a Berlin tour just for you that cover main sights in Berlin’s historical core while focusing on Berlin’s unique Jewish Heritage

With ship2shore, you’ll walk through the legendary Brandenburg Gate, stand above Hitler’s Bunker, explore the unique heritage of what is possible the most important Jewish community in Europe, and do an incredible amount more.

You can’t talk about Berlin without talking about the Jews Berlin’s Jewish heritage is more than a list of sights; it is an experience in the lives of true and real Berliners, where we’ll weave the incredible stories of this city into a comprehensive overview that ranges from the origins of the Jewish communities, their experience in the splendor of Prussia, the rise of Berlin as the capital of the Haskala, the emergence of the Nazis, and Jewish Berlin’s post-war rebirth.

After a drive through the rolling fields of Mecklenburg, we’ll start our day with an overview of the essential Berlin.

Your Berlin Tour will typically include the following sites.

  • •             Brandenburg Gate
  • •             Paris Square
  • •             Unter den Linden
  • •             Siegessäule: the Victory Column
  • •             Potsdamer Platz
  • •             Tiergarten: The Royal Hunting Grounds
  • •             Reichstag: the seat of Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, with the famous Norman Foster Dome
  • •             Site of SS and Gestapo HQs (Topography of Terror)
  • •             Nazi Air Ministry
  • •             Hitler's Bunker (we show you where the bunker was and stand above it. You can't go inside)
  • •             Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)
  • •             Checkpoint Charlie
  • •             The Berlin Wall
  • •             Gendarmenmarkt
  • •             Museum Island and Pleasure Garden (Lustgarten)
  • •             Bebelplatz, scene of the Nazi Book burning
  • •             St. Hedwig’s Silesian Cathedral
  • •             Humboldt University
  • •             State Opera
  • •             War Memorial for the Victims of Militarism and Fascism (Neue Wache)
  • •             Berlin Cathedral
  • •             TV Tower (that tall thing that looks like an asparagus)
  • •             Royal Armoury (Zeughaus)
  • •             Palace Square (Schlossplatz)
  • •             Red Town Hall

We even break for a delicious traditional German lunch with some of the best beer in Berlin.  If you prefer, we can stop for a Kosher-style lunch.  Sadly, Berlin’s true kosher restaurants are not really worth visiting.

After lunch we’ll explore Berlin's famous Scheunenviertel or Barn Quarter, the former Jewish district, where  we follow how Berlin and its Jewish population are eternally linked and how Berlin remembers the past. Together, we’ll the origins of Berlin Medieval Jewish community, its rise to acceptance and the major role it played in Berlin's story until the Holocaust, and how it has grown again from a tiny East Berlin community to be the largest Jewish community in Germany today.

  • •             Discover the 17Th century cemetery
  • •             The New Synagogue
  • •             The Jewish Boys School,
  • •             The Holocaust memorial.
  • •             Rosenstrasse site of the protest against Jewish deportations
  • •             The story and house of Berlin's and the World's first woman Rabbi
  • •             Otto Wiedt and Frank Foley - Berlin's Schindlers
  • •             Stumbling stone memorials
  • •             The Empty House memorial
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Additional Info

Your day ashore includes the following:
  1. professional and personable English-speaking guide in from Warnemünde to Berlin--all day
  2. Transfer Warnemünde (or Rostock or Wismar)–Berlin–Warnemunde (or Rostock or Wismar) in a private, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
  3. private A/C vehicle in Berlin all day
  4. some surprises along the way
Additional Information:
  1. Cost of lunch is not included in the price. In most restaurants, credit cards are not accepted. You will need cash (EUR only) to purchase lunch.  No shops in Berlin take US$.

    For your own comfort, please consider bringing a bottle of water!

    We stop to use the restrooms the drive to Berlin.  In Germany, it is customary to pay for the restrooms.  The bonus here is that the restrooms are clean and useable.  Please bring soem €.50 coins with you. 

    It goes without saying that this is a sample itinerary. This is not a chorooligical detail of your portntial tout.  Actual start/end depend on your ship's arrival/departure time. Times, sequence, and locations could vary depending on several factors. Sometimes ships are late arriving or the captain will declare an early departure.  Berlin traffic is often frustrating, not like Paris or Mexico City, but still a factor to take into consideration.   The tour is yours and personalized to you, so it might be different than someone else's.  

Price for your entire group:

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Last modified onThursday, 19 March 2015 09:07

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