When you go on our Original “Frankfurt on Foot” walking tour, we present a lot of information about Frankfurt’s centuries-old Jewish Community, WWII, and the Holocaust. The location of the Jewish Ghetto, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall and the Medieval Jewish Cemetery are all a part of this tour. These sites are also part of our Jewish Heritage Tour and some of them are on our 3rd Reich Tour. We will be happy to include any of these sites on your personalized private tour.
The Judengasse Museum is one of the most interesting museums in Frankfurt. Located between the Konstablerwache and the Main River, it is an easy 5-minute walk from the Römer, straight down Braubach Strasse. Inside this museum, you will find the cellar foundations from a few of the houses that once made up the Jewish Ghetto from the 1500s on. Frankfurt moved the Jewish Community into this walled Ghetto in 1462 and kept them there until around 1810. This museum covers that time period and all text is in English, which is another reason why I recommend coming here. Two of the houses have a mikvah, you can walk into the cellars and through-out the museum, see a wide variety of pictures that depict life in the Frankfurt Jewish Ghetto during the Middle Ages as well as later time periods. By the 1700s, there were well over 3000 people living in this small, cramped Ghetto.
Next to the Judengasse Museum is the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall and the large Jewish Cemetery that dates back to 1272. You can go into the cemetery by asking for the key at the entrance to the museum. They will ask you to leave some sort of ID. Men need to wear a hat. On Saturdays, the cemetery is closed.
The Jewish Museum is located in the former villa of the Rothschild’s, on the Frankfurt city side of the river, just a few blocks from the Römer. Covering several floors, this museum covers the history of the Jewish community in Frankfurt from 1800 until present day. Newly created is the Frank Family Room with many original possessions from the Franks that were donated by Buddy Elias.
If you would like a tour that covers the history of the Jewish Community in Frankfurt we will be happy to arrange one for you.