Germany: Jewish Attractions
The Jewish Museum Berlin is the largest of its kind in Europe, attracting about 700,000 visitors per year since opening its doors in 2001.
The New Synagogue was erected in 1866 and quickly became the most famous Jewish house of worship in Germany - especially for its significant Neo-Moorish architecture crowned by a parly gilded dome.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, located in the center of Berlin, is the official German Holocaust Memorial memorializing the estimated six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
The Liebermann Villa is the former summer residence of the impressionist painter Max Liebermann (1847–1935). It is situated at Lake Wannsee and has served as a museum since 2006.
Max Liebermann Villa
Dating back to 1746, when Braunschweig court Jew Alexander David started an exhibition of Jewish ritual artifacts in his own private residence, the Jewish Museum in Braunschweig looks upon a history of more than 260 years.
Within the walls of the Cologne Cathedral visitors can find the so-called Judenprivileg (“Jews privilege”) - a stone plate in which Archbishop Engelbert II von Falkenburg engraved the rights of the Jewish population in 1266.
Judenprivileg of the Cologne Cathedral
The Moses Mendelssohn Center is dedicated to one of the most famous German Jews of the 18th century: born in 1729 in Dessau, Moses Mendelssohn as a German Jewish philosopher that some consider the father of Reform Judaism.
Frankfurt is home to one of today’s largest Jewish communities in Germany – and to one of the most formidable synagogues that survived the November Pogrom and WW II.
The Bernheimer Haus or Bernheimer Palais counts as one of the most historic buildings of Munich’s old town, as it is considered the earliest example of Baroque revival architecture in the Bavarian city. Apart from its architectural significance, the building enjoys monument protection but also symbolizes the importance of Jewish entrepreneurship in Germany’s past.
The Jewish Museum in Munich, located at St.-Jakobs-Platz, was established in 2007 and also encompasses the Ohel Jacob Synagogue and a Jewish community center.
The Max-Samuel-Haus in Rockstock hosts cultural events revolving around Jewish life and history. As the home of the Stiftung Begegnungsstätte für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur in Rostock, the building offers events all of kind - ranging from concerts to lectures - and includes exhibitions and a library.
The city of Worms, once the seat of government for the Holy Roman Empire under the reign of emperor Otto the great, is home to Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery, which was built around 1034 A.D.