Our Strasbourg Jewish tour reveals the tumultuous history of the city and its Jewish population through the ages. There are many fascinating things to do in Strasbourg for visitors interested in the city’s Jewish heritage. Visit the Judaica collection of the Alsatian Museum with its model "stiebl". Attend a service in heart of today’s vibrant community, at the imposing Strasbourg synagogue, the Ashkenazi Synagogue de la Paix (of peace).
Strasbourg’s official history goes back 2,000 years. It has been part of the Holy Roman Empire, part of Germany and France numerous times, and today, is the official seat of the European Parliament. The Jews of Strasbourg have lived, thrived, and been persecuted here. Their fate, as perceived by the Christian majority during the Middle Ages, is attested to on the façade of the Strasbourg Cathedral, in the stylized image of the “Synagoga” depicted as a blindfolded maiden who has not “seen the light”.
At the confluence of the River Ill and the Rhine, Strasbourg offered at once a beautiful and strategic location. Strasbourg’s “Grand Ile” historic city center was the first entire city core to be named a World UNESCO Heritage Site. The Rue des Juifs (Jews' Street) – one of Strasbourg’s oldest – offers a sense of the history Benjamin of Tudela, a Sephardic traveler, chronicled in 1170. One house in Strasbourg’s Jewish quarter dates back to 1290, while a 13th century Mikveh was unearthed during recent excavations which can be accessed by request.
The region of Alsace was been named one of the top ten destinations on Earth by Lonely Planet!