"Germany for the Jewish Traveler"

Where to go and what to see

Sites of Jewish interest are to be found throughout today‘s Germany. The majority of today‘s German Jews live in large cities and towns – and in most there are fascinating Jewish sites, both old and new, to explore.

One of the uncountable tragedies resulting from the enormity of the Holocaust is that rural Jewish life no longer exists in Germany. Prior to 1933, there were Jewish communities in hundreds of small villages and hamlets throughout the country – yet, in the wake of World War II, barely any have been reconstituted. Nevertheless, throughout Germany, dozens of these tiny towns and villages have restored their destroyed synagogues, cemeteries and institutions – often as poignant reminders of the past.


At the end of each village-town-city page, we provide, where applicable, contact details and addresses of its Jewish institutions.

Each is listed by a symbol:

  • Jewish Community Center Jewish Community Center
  • Synagogue (Liberal [Reform/Conservative]) or Orthodox Synagoge (Liberal [Reform/Conservative]) or Orthodox
  • Chabad-Lubavitch orthodox centers/Haredi centers Chabad-Lubavitch orthodox centers/Haredi centers
  • General tourism information General tourism information
  • Kosher restaurant certified kosher by a rabbinical authority Kosher restaurant certified kosher by a rabbinical authority

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