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Having been born and lived in Essen for 25 years, I have visited the Alte Synagoge numerous times and participated in the Gedenbuckprojekt in school. I like the new exhibit (not sure how new it is though as I haven't been here in a few...More
The imposing building standing firmly on the corner of a busy, noisy road - is a testimony to how much work has gone on to make the inside a place of learning, of beauty, of fascination and quite simply, of joy.
It is no longer...More
We visited the alte Synagoge with our children (11,12 and 15 years old) and were positively taken on the unsusal approach to the everyday life of jewish people. The holidays, customs and traditions are nicely displayed and easy to understand, sometimes with a nice twist...More
Glad I took the time to visit. At the front desk I was able to check out an audio English tour . Could really figure out how to get audio to match the museum but the tracks I listened to were interesting . Miracle this...More
A very interesting audio tour is available for this former synagogue, detailing its history and the history of the Jews in and around Essen. There is a great deal of extra information about Judaism and traditions as well as about the building.
Today the 'Alte Synagogue' is one of the largest, best preserved and architecturally most impressive testimonies to Jewish culture in pre-war Germany and is a sight worth a quick visit. Used today as an open house for meetings and discussions. It offers a meeting-place for...More