Jewish Synagogue

Address: Oranienburger Straße 29-31, Berlin, 10117, Germany
Telephone: 030 8802 8452

- Free


A beautiful, partially-rebuilt memorial to the pre-war Jewish community.

This synagogue is really just a shell of its former self, a monument of sorts to what once was. The building opened for services in 1866 and became a landmark of Jewish Berlin. With 3,200 seats and capped with a spectacular dome, the synagogue was the largest in Germany. It became the object of years of desecration, beginning with vandalism in 1938 during Kristallnacht, burning in 1944 and bombing in 1945 before it was finally demolished by the Communist East Germans in the 1950s. The building was partially rebuilt and opened in 1995 as a museum that outlines the former layout and describes the history of the synagogue.

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Expert tips

Guided tours in English are available by calling ahead.

Guided tours are given on Sundays at 2pm, although they’re always in German.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Education