Jewish History Tour

Tour Overview

This tour is highly focused on storytelling instead of sightseeing, attempting to bring Cologne’s long Jewish heritage to light. Cologne is said to be the city with the longest-lasting Jewish community north of the Alps. Since approximately the first century, the Domstadt has been home to a vibrant Jewish community that has experienced many moments of triumph and tribulation. 

As can be expected, the subject matter of this tour covers dark periods of German history and at times, can be emotionally challenging. There are intense moments, but our guides do their best to cover the Jewish community’s cultural heritage and influence from nearly 2,000 years of history in Cologne.

Important Features

Art of Touring Destination Management

Walking tour format, highlighting important Jewish sites

Art of Touring Destination Management

Offered throughout the year, 7 days a week

Art of Touring Destination Management

Flexible starting point around city center

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS TOUR

NS-Dok Center

Once the headquarters of Cologne’s branch of the secret Gestapo police from 1935 to 1945, this museum now serves as a memorial center for victims of the Nazi regime.

MA’ALOT Gateway

Created by famed Israeli designer Dani Karavan, this often overlooked gateway statue plays with form and numerical symbolism to represent Jewish ascension.

Stumbling Stones

More than 70,000 of these Holocaust rememberance stones are placed around Europe. Each Stolpersteine commemorates a victim outside their last known residence.

Details About the Jewish History Tour

Duration

Depending on the arrival and timing of the client, this tour can be adjusted in 30 minute increments. It is most often offered in a 90 minute format, but it can be shortened or extended to meet your individual needs.

1 to 2 Hours

Adjustable to client needs

Languages

Art of Touring has guides who speak many different languages, including:
German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Turkish, and Chinese. 

Multiple

Language preference based on client request

Starting Location

This tour can start from many different locations, depending on the needs of the client. Most of the time, it will begin at a cruise dock along the Rhine River or at the Gereonstrasse bus station. Location can be easily adjusted to accommodate client needs.

Flexible

Typically Rhine banks or Gereonstrasse

Walking Distance

The most important locations for Jewish history & culture are spread around Cologne’s Altstadt.  This walking tour is appropriate for all skill and fitness levels. The route can be adjusted to accommodate gentle walkers or families with young children.

2-4km

Minimal hills or elevation

Historical Stops

Each of our tour guides takes a slightly different approach to their Jewish history walking tours. While the subject matter of this tour can be intense, our guides attempt to also highlight moments of resilience and triumph from the Jewish community in Cologne. This tour is highly focused on storytelling instead of sightseeing, as many of the important Jewish locations were destroyed.

Flexible

Featured highlights and varied individual stops

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