„Jewish Life – Past and Present” – Culture Trip through Germany and Poland

This journey traces Jewish life and culture in Germany and Poland.

Both countries have Jewish life for more than a thousand years. Before the Nazi dictatorship and the Holocaust some of the most active and influential communities in the Jewish world called Germany and Poland their home. Today the communities are much smaller, but again vibrant.

Both historical and contemporary Jewish life and culture can be experienced not only through city walks, museum and memorial site visits, but also through visits to synagogues, conversations with members of Jewish communities and visits to Jewish restaurants and cultural events.

3 Nights in Berlin
2 Nights Warsaw
3 Nights Krakow including excursion to Auschwitz
2 Nights Berlin

 

Itinerary

Day 1

 

Morning                 

Individual arrival at the hotel in Berlin

 

Afterwards           

Individual check-in

 

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afternoon              

Meeting of all participants in the hotel lobby and warm welcome by your tour guide.

 

Afterwards           

City tour of Berlin by coach

 

Evening                  

Welcome dinner

 

Day 2

 

Morning                 

Immerse yourself in the more than thousand year old history and culture of German Jewry during a guided tour of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

 

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afternoon              

You visit the House of the Wannsee Conference and deal with the history of anti-Semitism and Jewish hatred, the tyranny of the Nazis and above all with the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question”, the implementation of which was discussed and decided upon during the so-called Wannsee Conference.

 

Afterwards           

Visit some monuments commemorating the Jewish population of Berlin and the Holocaust.

 

Evening                  

Group dinner

 

Day 03

 

Morning                 

How does a country, a city, a society remember its own history and its own population? How is this told and how does it manifest itself in the image of a place?

These and other questions are explored on a “memorial walking tour,”  during which you will visit various places of past and present Jewish life and the Holocaust Memorial.

                                  

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afternoon              

You will visit a synagogue and hear about the history of the place during a guided tour.

During a subsequent conversation with the rabbi and/or members of the congregation, you can learn about modern Jewish life in Berlin.

 

Evening                  

Individual dinner

 

Afterwards           

Visit to a cultural event

 

Day 4

 

Morning                 

Free time

 

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afternoon              

Transfer to the train station

 

Afterwards           

Train ride from Berlin to Warsaw

 

Evening 

Arrival in Warsaw

 

Afterwards           

Transfer to the hotel, check-in and short break

 

Afterwards           

Group dinner

 

Day 5

 

Morning                 

You will visit the modern Polin Museum, which impressively and comprehensively presents the more than thousand year old history of Polish Jews.

An individual tour with audio guides gives you the opportunity to look around according to your individual interests.

 

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afterwards           

Short walking tour through the partly rebuilt old town of Warsaw with city wall, market place and royal castle.

 

Afterwards           

Free time

 

Evening                  

Individual dinner

 

Day 6

 

Morning                 

On a guided walking tour through the former Jewish ghetto and surrounding streets you will learn more about the history of the Warsaw Jews, especially about the time of the German occupation during the Second World War, the living conditions, the transports to the extermination camps as well as about the uprising and the liquidation of the ghetto.

 

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afternoon              

Train ride from Warsaw to Krakow

 

Afternoon                               

Arrival in Krakow, transfer to your hotel, check-in and short break.

 

Afterwards           

Short walking tour through the old town of Krakow takes you up the Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and the Coronation Church, behind the Jagelonien University, one of the oldest in Europe and across to the Great Market Square with the impressive St. Mary’s Church and the famous Cloth Makers’ Halls.

 

Evening                  

Group dinner in a Jewish restaurant with klezmer music

 

Day 7

                                  

Morning                 

On a guided walking tour through the former Jewish district of Kazimierz you will get to know the varied history of the Krakow Jews and their influence on life in Poland.

You will visit synagogues, the old cemetery and also see places where the film “Schindler’s List” was shot.

During a subsequent visit to the Jewish Community Centre, you will hear about Jewish life during communism and in present-day Poland.

 

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afternoon              

Free time

 

Suggestion

Visit Schindler’s factory with its multimedia exhibition on the German occupation of Krakow and the Second World War.

 

Evening                  

Individual dinner

 

Day 8

 

Morning                 

Today is dedicated to the Holocaust and begins with an introductory visit to the Krakow Ghetto and a drive past the former Plaszow labour camp.

 

Afterwards           

Transfer to Oświęcim by coach

 

Afterwards           

During a guided tour of the memorial site of the former Auschwitz concentration camp and the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, you will learn about the cruel history of the camps and the fate of the people imprisoned, forced to work and murdered there. You will see their legacies and various forms of remembrance today.

 

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afternoon

Return to Krakow

 

Evening                  

Group dinner

 

Day 9

 

Morning                 

Free time

 

Suggestion

Take a stroll through the old town and maybe buy some local souvenirs or visit the Gallery of Polish Art of the 19th Century or the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, both located on the Rynek Glowny (Great Market Square) or take half a trip around the world in the “Manggha” Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.

 

Noon                       

Individual lunch break

 

Afternoon              

Transfer to the train station

 

Afterwards

Train ride from Krakow to Berlin

 

Evening                  

Individual dinner on the train

 

Afterwards           

Arrival in Berlin, transfer to your hotel and check-in

 

Day 10

 

All day   

Free time

 

Suggestion

Visit the German Historical Museum, the Museum Island or one of Berlin’s many museums.

Or

Individual excursion to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

Or

Individual excursion to Potsdam with its former royal gardens and castles (e.g. Cecilienhof: venue of the Potsdam Conference or Sans Souci: Summer Palace of Frederick the Great)

 

Noon      

Individual lunch break

 

Evening                  

During a joint reflection round, review the impressions and experiences of the trip and discuss any open questions.

 

Afterwards           

Farewell dinner

 

Day 11

 

During the day     

Now it’s time to say goodbye and individual homeward journey



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