Warnemünde-Rostock: Jewish Berlin – Private Shore Excursion
Our private shore excursion exploring the tragedies and triumphs of Berlin’s Jewish community, through the streets of the capital and the stories of its inhabitants.
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- Tour Length Twelve Hours
- Group Size Small Group
Persecuted, expelled, almost annihilated, now resurrected and flourishing. The story of Berlin’s Jewish community did not begin, nor end, with Nazi Germany.
Did you know that thousands upon thousands of young Israeli and American Jews have made a home for themselves in Berlin in recent years?
If that sounds surprising to you, we invite you on a tour that considers the history of Jewish life in Berlin in light of, and beyond, the Shoah; a history that now amounts to nearly 700 years.
We’ll consider antisemitism and assimilation as much as we’ll look at Jewish life in the affirmative: the fact that Berlin boasted one of the most diverse and vibrant Jewish communities in the world, whose members gained worldwide renown in science, arts, politics, and theology.
In the end, we hope you’ll agree that what was true in the 1920s is once again true today: that Berlin culture is inextricably connected to Jewish life in the city.
Tour times are adjusted to best fit with your ship’s arrival and departure, making sure you get away from the port early and arrive back with adequate time remaining before you sail to the next port of call.
(All of our private tours are custom tailored to our clients’ needs and wishes and can include Berlin sights decided in advance or spontaneously organised on the day of the tour. If you have any specific requests for your tour, regarding sights and content, do not hesitate to ask – you can email us at email@example.com)
Our full day combined Jewish Berlin private shore excursion starts from the Rostock/Warnemünde cruise ship terminal and covers the Jewish aspects of the German capital dating back to the period of Prussian rule and mass Jewish immigration up to the present day situation for the city’s minority Jewish community.
After being met at the port terminal by one of our expert drivers, you’ll be whisked through the northeastern agricultural flatlands of Germany in the comfort of one of our chauffeur driven vehicles – all quality German cars and vans. Unlike the slower public excursions organised by the official companies, this cuts your transportation time down significantly, allowing for more exploration in the capital – especially if your ship is only docked for a short time.
On reaching Berlin, you will see the Western side of the city – with the chance to pay tribute to the thousands of Berlin Jews deported to their fate from the Grunewald freight train station – now a moving memorial – Gleis 17. Moving along the grand boulevards of the West – Bismarkallee & the Kufurstendamm (site of the 1938 Reichkristallnacht attacks) – you will reach Wittenbergplatz & the famous Kadewe department store – before detouring past the former office of convicted Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann (executed in Israel in 1962) and the square Adolf Hitler would have worked on following his naturalisation as a German citizen – if his life had taken a different path.
The path through the central Tiergarten park, popular during the 1930s and 40s with anti-Nazi dissidents wanting to converse without fear of being overheard, leads to the city’s government quarter – the Reichstag building, the Brandenburg Gate & the nearby Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Journeying through the former Nazi government quarter, you will eventually reach the Rotes Rathaus town hall and the Judenstrasse – home to Berlin’s Jewish population in the 1500s until the communities’ persecution and expulsion.
As this tour focuses on the Jewish aspect of Berlin’s history, we can include a scheduled lunch break in the Scheunenviertel/Barn District of the city – populated by Austrian Jewish refugees in the 1700s – since the 1990s transformed into one of the most interesting neighbourhoods in Berlin. The influx of mainly young Israeli Jews in the last decade has many top class eateries arrive – although, while in Germany, do as the Germans do, we can also arrange for a lunch break in a local beer garden or restaurant for a hearty traditional meal.
Some of the tour highlights of this area include: the unique Moorish style Neue Synagoge, the grave of enlightenment era Jewish reformer Moses Mendelssohn, the site of the first Jewish retirement home in Berlin and deportation point for the area’s Jews during the Nazi period – and, also, the famous Otto Weidt Workshop, to examine how Jewish Berliners were helped by other citizens of the city during the Third Reich period.
At the end of the Berlin portion of your tour, you will say goodbye to your guide and be driven back to the Rostock/Warnemünde port terminal with adequate time remaining to board your ship before its departure.
Special Tour Inclusions:
As this tour includes private transportation, it is possible that the following sites could also be included in the itinerary (on request and time permitting – an extension of the tour duration may be required):
- Entrance to the Neue Synagoge
- Visit the Kadewe Department Store in West Berlin for shopping
- Time in the city for shopping and souvenirs
- Visit Jewish Museum
- Visit the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery
- Twelve hour Jewish Berlin private tour excursion package (includes around six hours travel time from the port and back)
- Accompaniment of one of our expert local guides for six hour tour of Berlin focused on the city’s Jewish history (English language)
- Dedicated driver and transportation (premium quality German vehicle) including fuel costs & parking fees
- Collection from port arrivals (driver will personally direct you to your vehicle)
- Drop-off at port terminal at the end of your trip
- Includes time for lunch break & separate coffee/snack break (not included in price)
- Includes time for photo breaks
- Price includes VAT (19%)
- Price includes Booking Fee
- Price includes Mandatory German Tour Insurance
- This tour does not include food/drink (unless requested)
- This tour does not include entrance fees
- Guide/driver gratuities
In the event you need to cancel your booking with us, we ask for at least two weeks hours notice. Tours booked within two weeks of the tour date are not eligible for cancellation.
We will refund the total amount (minus any transaction fees) if we receive an email cancellation request at least two weeks before the tour/s. Cancellations made less than two weeks before the tour date are not eligible for refunds.
In order to guarantee the best guides and transportation for our tours, we have a two-week cancellation deadline that means that guides who are scheduled for tours are compensated for their time (often allocated to mean that they are not able to accept other work on the days we book them). We offer our commitment to our transportation suppliers in the same manner. Exceptions may be made in special circumstances (for instance the ship being unable to dock), depending on the result of an insurance evaluation by our provider.
On the journey from the port to Berlin, your driver will take a short break to allow for a toilet visit and to grab a coffee/snack. When in Berlin, all our shore excursion tours account for about one hour for a lunch break (not included in the tour price) at a restaurant of your choice.
We recommend that you bring some Euros in change for the toilet break on the way from the port (toilets in Germany are usually serviced with turnstiles and cost 50 cents or 1€). When in Berlin it will be possible to visit an ATM to withdraw cash. Restaurants in Germany usually prefer cash payment although more and more have started to offer credit/debit card payment with VISA/Mastercard – American Express is strangely still no widely accepted. Foreign currency, such as dollars or pounds, will not be accepted by vendors in Germany.
We never recommend risking taking transportation to the city from the port, unless you are familiar with the country and the language already. This can be hazardous as the trip involves changing trains/hiring a car and the risk associated with these services. We believe that our tours are fairly priced and believe the experience is vastly improved with the luxury of a knowledgeable and professional driver and dedicated transport. However, should you prefer to book a tour in Berlin and arrive yourselves, we would be more than happy to accommodate – feel free to contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Berlin is a relatively flat city and the streets are easy to navigate. Despite being the German capital, Berlin is also not nearly as busy as other cities of a similar calibre. All this means that touring can be relatively stress-free. We strive to make Berlin accessible to everyone, all we ask you to bring is a healthy curiosity. If you have any special requests, don’t hesitate to ask.
We always try to make sure our guests stay hydrated on tours, whether that’s making room for coffee or tea, but a bottle of water is always a worthy travel companion. We suggest consulting the weather report a few days before your tour – that can mean ski gloves or sun lotion depending on the time of year.
We cater for guests of all ages and can tailor all our tours accordingly.
Our guides and drivers will always work hard for you and tipping is a great way of them receiving immediate feedback. Gratuities are completely discretionary but always gratefully received.