Despite a turbulent history, the extraordinary legacy of the Jewish faith is widely available throughout Europe. Whether or not practicing Judaism, there is much to discover and enjoy the Jewish heritage in Europe.
Discover the ancient origins of Judaism and follow the winding road through centuries of persecution, resistance and cultural renaissance. Probably the same trip as inspiring as destinations in themselves. Many European destinations have been influenced by one of the oldest religions in the world.
The route begins in Spain following the Sefarad . Named as Major Cultural Route by the Council of Europe , this network of Jewish neighborhoods offers a unique view of the life of Sephardic Jews (Hispanic) during the years of the Spanish Inquisition before the Middle Ages. Visit the ancient synagogues and photograph historic monuments. Explore cobblestones dressed in Jewish neighborhoods in the cities of Caceres, Cordoba and Toledo.
After their expulsion from Spain and France in the late fifteenth century, many Jews emigrated to Central and Eastern Europe. There, they brought their culture and traditions and made them flourish in Belgium, Austria, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. The route continues to explore the impressive collection of art and objects from the ninth century at the Jewish Museum in Brussels (Belgium). Take a moment of silence in memory of the victims at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria. You can taste the delicious kosher meals while listening to Klezmer music in the Jewish Cultural Festival in Krakow, Poland. Visit the Gallery of Berlin Jews and admire the artwork of internationally renowned Jewish artists as Chagall and Kaplan. Take a walk through the Jewish Quarter in Prague and the Jewish Museum discover what life was like in the Czech lands.
You could easily make a journey of a month visiting countless dedicated to the Jewish faith in the continent sites. See see few or many, certainly a unique experience to follow in the footsteps of the fascinating Jewish heritage across Europe.