Get the most out of your visit to Brussels on our Jewish Brussels tour! There are countless things to do in Brussels, especially for visitors interested in contemporary Jewish life in Europe. Our Jewish Brussels tour traces Jewish neighborhoods of centuries past through today, offering the stories behind the landmarks. Did you know that Belgium has five Jewish newspapers and 45 active Synagogues, and that Yiddish is still actively spoken by Jews throughout the country?
The Jewish community has existed here since the 12th century, with a period of expulsion under Spanish rule. During the Holocaust, most of Belgian Jewry was deported to death camps. However, unlike many other Jewish communities across Europe, the community here recovered its numbers quickly after the Holocaust, through both the influx of refugees and the original inhabitants. Today, although emigration to the US and Israel has diminished the Belgian Jewish community, there continues to be an active a sizeable Jewish community centered in Brussels and Antwerp.
Visit monuments to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust, as well as to the people who fought to protect and save their neighbors. Hear the stories of the people who saved their friends and neighbors, and the unexpected characters from history who lived in Brussels.
It would have been hard to imagine just few centuries ago, that Brussels would become one of the most important cities in Europe, let alone the world. The official founding as a city was in 979 CE, and for most of its history Brussels was passed between empires looking to expand, only gaining independence in 1830. But in a short amount of time, Brussels rocketed from minor city to a financial, cultural, economic, and political center of the world.
Our Jewish Brussels tour not only brings you inside the Jewish heritage of the city. It also makes sure that you see the most exciting and important Brussels attractions, for an ideal Brussels experience.