Jewish Museums and Synagogue Tours, Vienna
The three sites below can be combined into a half day tour with an official site guide.
1. Jewish Museum, Dorotheergasse: Enjoy an informative guided tour of the permanent exhibition "Unsere Stadt!" (Our City!) which gives a comprehensive insight into Jewish life, and the history of Jewish Vienna. The journey begins on the ground floor with the years spanning 1945 to today. On the second floor of Palais Eskeles, visitors experience Jewish history from its beginnings to the years 1938/1945.
2. Judenplatz Museum and Holocaust Memorial: The core of the museum is made up of showrooms on mediaeval Jewry in Vienna, a virtual tour through 14th century Vienna and the excavations of a mediaeval synagogue.
The Judenplatz Holocaust memorial, also known as the ‘Nameless Library’ is the central memorial for Austrian victims of the holocaust. The mausoleum adorned with concrete cast books each inscribed with the names of the World War II death camps to mark the atrocity that took place.Floor tiles around the memorial contain the names of the places where Austrian Jews were killed during Nazi tyranny.
3. Stadttempel Synagogue: The only synagogue in the city to survive World War II, It was built into a block of houses and hidden from plain view of the street, as only Roman Catholic places of worship were allowed to be built with facades fronting directly on to public streets. Ironically, this edict saved the synagogue from total destruction during the Kristallnacht in November 1938, since the synagogue could not be destroyed without setting on fire the buildings to which it was attached.
Memorial for the Victims of the Gestapo
Since 1951, a memorial stone was laid at the site of the former the Gestapo’s wartime headquarters commemorating those who were imprisoned here. Then in 1985 the City of Vienna built an official monument here, this time dedicated to all victims of National Socialist Tyranny. The memorial can be seen as part of a walking tour or visited independently.