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Old Synagogue, Erfurt
(4.3/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
Explore Old Synagogue--thought to be the oldest synagogue building still standing in Europe, built about 1100--which now serves as a museum. Learn about the Jewish communities of Erfurt over the centuries and the history of the synagogue via artifacts and informational displays. A highlight of the collection is the Erfurt treasure, a hoard of coins, goldsmiths' work, and jewelry that belonged to Jews who hid them during the 1349 pogrom. An audio guide is available. Plan to visit Old Synagogue and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Erfurt attractions using our Erfurt tour planner.
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  • The old synagogue is already a must for Erfurt. The audio guides explain the building quite well. Also the treasure is explained well. I personally miss the explanation to the Jewish life in the middle ages.
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  • A once-forgotten medieval synagoue, which survived as a warehouse and dance hall. Excellent displays of medieval Jewish life in Erfurt, with a superb audio giude in various languages. 
  • Absolutely recommendable in Erfurt. Insight into Jewish life in the middle ages. Manuscripts and treasure very impressive
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  • Definitely worth a visit. Book the best along with a guide on the topic of "The Jewish Erfurt". Opens up horizons.
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  • Must see! The oldest synagogue preserved also the Jewish treasure of Erfurt offers an insight into the Jewish culture. Really worth seeing!
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  • One of the oldest synagogues
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  • My colleague Jonas Krull has visited the synagogue recently and his conclusion was: just the hammer
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  • You can learn much about the building of the old synagogue and a bit about Jewish religious services. In the basement of the impressive treasure trove is very nice. The pieces of jewelry for the bride and groom are tacked on a pair, so that their use can be seen directly. The silver coins and particularly the filigree wedding ring are worth the visit. On the upper floor are some impressive folios. The well-crafted audio guide is recommended. Admission is free with Erfurt card.
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