Jake Schneider

“Visit Berlin’s Yiddishland” Walking Tour

In the early twentieth century, Berlin’s Scheunenviertel was the most visible Jewish place in the city, where Yiddish was spoken on the street and Jewish immigrants and refugees from eastern Europe made a temporary home. 

Today the traces of this vibrant community have been almost entirely erased. On this twilight walking tour full of local music and family stories, we try to reimagine Jewish life on these once bustling streets and, in a small way, bring it back.

Basics

  • Language: English with Yiddish music (full Yiddish tours also available)
  • Price: €15 per person for a public tour. Group and private tours also available by request 
  • Meeting point: Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
  • Duration: Roughly two and a half hours (varies a bit from group to group)
  • Ending point: The tour ends on Mulackstraße, about a 10 minute walk from the starting point, near the U8 Weinmeisterstraße station

Dates

The tour is currently scheduled for:

  • Tuesday 30 July 2024
    7:00 to about 9:30 pm
 

Private and group tours are available by appointment. Public tours may also be scheduled to coincide with interested visitors to Berlin.

Register

To register for one of the public tours, simply fill out the following form. To request a private or group tour, to be notified of future dates, or if you have any further questions, send me a message.

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Photos from a tour with students at Bard College Berlin, courtesy of the college

An Exercise in Time Travel

There are hardly any noticeable historic sights in the Schneunenviertel, which is now a gentrified, mostly residential area in central Berlin. However, if you know how to look, there is plenty of cultural history written in the streets.

The tour covers many aspects of Jewish immigrants’ lives in this busy neighborhood from 1900 to 1938, including domestic life, music, theater, education, politics, religious practices, and day-to-day work, all from the perspective of the individuals and families who lived here. 

You will get to know them personally, hear Yiddish music originally recorded right here, and enter another era as the sun sets.

Perspective

This tour was originally developed in Yiddish for the participants of the 2022 Yiddish in Berlin summer program. 

By popular demand, it has been adapted into English and has since been offered to university and high school classes, tour groups, and the general public.

The tour is still from the perspective of Yiddish-speaking immigrants to Berlin, although it is accessible to a general audience and also describes their relationships with neighbors of other cultural and religious backgrounds.

Traces of Berlin’s Yiddishland

Testimonials

Seeing beneath the layers of time. Photo by Arndt Beck of Yiddish.Berlin

Save Your Spot

To register for one of the public tours, fill out the form above. They fill up quickly, so better to reserve now and cancel later if necessary.

To request a private or group tour, to be notified of future dates, or if you have any further questions, send me a message.