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Reviewed October 3, 2018

There was a lively Jewish community here in the middle ages, until they were massacred in the mid 14C. This was because they were blamed for the plague. The synagogue was then used for many different commercial purposes until it s origins were completely forgotten. Rediscovered in the late 20C it had hidden a treasure trove of gold coins and jewellery. Much of this is on show. Very interesting if also very sad.

Thank Eva Julia T
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

This synagogue is very well preserved. We only saw it from the outside but it was an imposing structure considering that it is one of the earliest surviving synagogues. It has been restored. You can take an audio guide tour of the building for 5 euros.

Thank Sharon T
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

According to the internet, this Synagogue is the oldest surviving Synagogue in Europe, so I decided to visit it to experience some historical value of Erfurt.

The one that sells the ticket speaks clear English, and students get a discount, as with most of the museums. To get the audio guide, we need to give some form of ID, which will be returned after we finish the visit. Don't worry, the audio guide is available in English. And you're going to need the audio guide, since otherwise the written explanations inside the synagogue will be pretty sparse.

The audio guide is amongst my favorite aspect. It is really comprehensive, with tons of additional explanation for each part of the museum those fascinated with history. Personally, those information are too much for me to handle, but that's my fault, since nobody forces you to play every single of the guide. You can simply play the main part of the guide for each of the parts inside the museum.

By the way, I recommend to listen to the children part of the audio guide; the guide has a good sense of humor in that section!

The only minor nitpick is the quality of the headphones can be improved; quite often the sound only plays on one part of the headphone, and not the other part. I do think that this is a very small issue, as I can listen to the guide all the time.

Thank Timothy S
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

A chance to see what life for Mediaeval Jews was like in Erfurt. Extremely well presented with an overview of lost times and people, especially with unique treasures like a fabulous old Torah and wedding ring.

Thank Lynne1944
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

The synagogue and Jews were in Erfurt since the 11th century and the Jews and synagogue were decimated throughout its history. Interesting archaeological relics in the synagogue, those which were not stolen and stored in churches and other depositories. It forces the question why Jews, after being murdered and banished by the orders of the council would accept the offer to settle there by the council, to have another sudden eruption against them. An interesting sociological environment.

2  Thank fjorthur
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Reviewed May 18, 2017

After over three weeks in Germany and having seen dozens of of cathedrals and churches including two in this town we happened on this and are very glad we toured it as we learned so much. There is an audio guide which explains the history of not only this church but the Jewish community in Erfurt going back to the 11th century and the discrimination and persecution they suffered. The way everything is displayed is very well done and seeing the Torah and massive bible are captivating.

1  Thank PeterAZ
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

This is a good little museum that houses an impressive treasure find from the 1300's. There are audio guides that give you a lot of background information to go with all of the artefacts and texts. There are some really unique pieces here and they are all presented in an informative way. the building itself is also an interesting piece of history.

The only thing I really disliked was the price; 5 euros (with my student card) seems a bit steep for a pretty small museum. The focus of this museum is also mostly centred around the pogrom of 1349 rather than historical Jewish life in general, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Thank GinnyShoe
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Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

The old synagogue in Erfurt is well worth a visit. It houses a fabulous medieval hoard hidden probably before a pogram. It also has has the fourteenth century Erfurt Bible. The audio guide is very good. It was 8.00 euros per adult entrance.

Thank Alison L
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Reviewed December 17, 2016

Tucked down an alleyway we found the entrance to this amazing little museum and were so glad we did. The 9E fee seemed high but proved fair value for the state-of-the-art presentation that followed. We put on headsets and moved into the courtyard listening in English to the early history of the Hebrew community in Erfurt. Next we entered the old synagogue and learned station-by-station of the great joys and deep sorrows experienced by the Jewish minority living among Christians in Medieval and Reformation times. It was shocking to hear detailed accounts of repeated persecutions fueled by ignorance and fear long before Hitler. However, by the time all three exhibit floors had been explored, we left saddened but with new appreciation for what set the stage for the Holocaust despite the economic and cultural contributions of the Hebrew citizenry. Go visit this little gem of history and you, too, may gain new insight into a past that may help us to make the present more humane. It will be time very well-spent.

2  Thank CBS-CHS
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Reviewed November 8, 2016

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.

1  Thank LauraJane597
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