Berlin - Berlin's Jewish Heritage

Berlin's Jewish Heritage

(239 reviews)
Jewish Neighbourhood, Berlin, Germany
45 mins

About the tour

On this tour, Martin takes you through what is known as Berlin's Jewish Neighbourhood, where literally every building has a story to tell. You'll get to see Berlin's oldest Jewish cemetery, a Jewish Boys' School that goes back to the 18th century, as well as a Jewish Girls' School which has since been converted into one of Berlin's swankiest restaurants. The tour concludes at the beautiful, world-famous New Synagogue from 1866.

Meet your local guide


Berlin’s stunning landscape can stupefy you. Home to over 200 parks, forests and green spaces, and over a hundred lakes - replete with beautiful lidos and sandy beaches - it’s one of the greenest cities in the world. Martin helps you discover all this, and more! Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010 and experienced a potpourri of different cultures. At university, he explored German history and studied German-Jewish exile organizations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis. Following his graduation, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organized by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. This led Martin back to Berlin, and he re-discovered the city he had left long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. Since then, his tours have been peppered with adventures and exciting stories, ranging from European cultures to celebrities like Marlene Dietrich. “I once gate-crashed the building where David Bowie used to live in Berlin with a customer who was a huge David Bowie fan and ‘bumped’ into a resident who promptly invited us to have coffee!” he says.

Martin has been guiding since May 2011

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Ettie N.

01 March 2021

Hi Martin! Hope your toothache has gone. The tour yesterday was perfect, so informative and interesting. Thank you.

Carol M.

01 March 2021

Hi Martin... Hope your tooth is now under control and you are back to normal. We had been to Hackescher Market but had not known how much rich history lay beyond - Thank you for revealing so much of the history and stories in those streets. I wanted to say something about the Deserted Room and Nelly Sachs. I looked online and found so little about it - perhaps we too would have walked past and not known to stop and think. It was shocking that the two men chose to use the table as a convenient place to drink a coffee.. There were plenty of clues that it was memorial - so yes, it was an aggressive act. Not least, that you were walking around the space obviously talking to someone and they chose to ignore you. Pretty unpleasant. So I've been thinking about this moment on the tour...... As a conceptual piece, perhaps The Deserted room is too subtle?!? Or does the sculpture cause us to have to stop, imagine and think of the many many similar scenes of homes in the area surrounding the park. Perhaps, those two stooges just played the part of ignorant thuggery in our minds - so not defacing the sculpture but playing to its power. And so, the incident made our tour so memorable rather than upsetting and also so grateful that we had a sensitive, knowledgeable guide at our side. Thank you... Carol and Colin Greenwich

Zillah R.

01 March 2021

A most informative tour and very brave of Martín to do this with a bad tooth. It must have been very painful. He was very professional.

Margie P.

28 February 2021

Thank you for persevering in spite of your discomfort. You kept the tour interesting and worth waking at 6 AM!

Lorna C.

28 February 2021

5X5* Since VT added so many new places to visit, and contracted yet more tour guides, it has become so difficult to choose a tour to watch, so I am now repeating ones that I knew I had to watch again as they were so enlightening. Today I chose Martin’s Berlin’s Jewish Heritage. Such a painful tour yet again, Martin, made so much more painful for you by your toothache. We could not tell how bad you are feeling. I sit here transfixed by what you share and am in awe that you did not cancel. What a stoic. Last week I chose to listen to Martin’s talk about the Memorial Trail in Berlin. How can the events he mentioned have happened though, and why? It is unbelievably painful to listen to Martin’s calm voice describing the background to each memorial. I had no idea about a lot of this, and am relieved that Germany is remembering the awful Nazi period in their history. For me this was comforting as I was afraid that it would never be discussed and that Naziism could rear its ugly head again. Martin is so empathetic and knowledgeable, yet chats to his guests in a relaxed manner. We feel that he really cares, both about us and about his poignant subject matter, even though he seems to be as emotionally drained as we are by the end. His passionate words come from his heart and it shows as he struggles to speak at times. We are all so privileged to have been on his tours so thank you, Martin.

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