Jewish Cemetery in Altona

  • vergrößern © Felix Borkenau
  • vergrößern © Felix Borkenau

    You can now learn about over 400 years of Jewish history and culture in Hamburg and Altona at the Jewish Cemetery in Altona.

    The "Guter Ort" or "good place" on Königstrasse has international renown as one of the most significant Jewish burial grounds worldwide not just because of its size and age but also the religious cultural significance of many of its gravestones. In the cemetery, just under two hectares in area, are remarkable tombs of what was once the largest Jewish community in Germany, with unusually ornate tombs in the Sephardic section and numerous tombs of famous rabbis in the simpler Ashkenazi section of the cemetery. Both sections make the cemetery a strong candidate for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to statements by notable experts on Jewish studies.

    After comprehensive restoration and research work, it has been possible to visit the Jewish Cemetery since 2007 during regular opening hours and to take part in the public guided tours. The "Eduard Duckesz House", established by the Hamburg Monument Foundation, is not located on the property so that Orthodox Jews are given the opportunity to visit the cemetery, but do not have to enter it themselves. A reference library with over 500 works is available for further study.

    Guided tours

    • Guided tours take place each Sunday at 12 noon (except on Jewish and public holidays). No booking is necessary.
    • The meeting point is in front of the Eduard Duckesz House.
      Costs: Adults €5.00, children free of charge.
    • Directions: Suburban railway Reeperbahn, Königstrasse/ Bus 112 Fischmarkt/ Bus 36 Reeperbahn

    Meeting point

    • Eduard Duckesz House, Königstr. 10a

    Guided group tours

    • Groups that wish to book guided tours should please only contact the Museum Service of Hamburg, Tel. +49 (0) 40-428 131-0.
    • Guided tours booked at the Museum Service are offered in German, English, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and sign language.

    Opening hours

    October - March: Tues, Thurs & Sun 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
    April - September: Tues & Thurs 3.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m., Sundays 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

    On public and Jewish holidays, as well as during the winter holidays, the cemetery is closed.

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    Address: Königstraße 10a, 22767 Hamburg

    Do you need help or want to
    book by phone?

    +49 (0) 40 - 300 51 701

    Mon-Sat: 09.00 h - 19.00 h

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    Your Hamburg Tourismus Team