The Judengasse in Frankfurt
In 1460 the Frankfurt City Council decided to settle the Jewish population in a district of their own. Initially only a few families lived along the narrow alley parallel to the old city walls. In the 17th century, however, about 3,000 people were living there. The Judengasse in Frankfurt developed into one of the most important centers of Jewish life in Europa. In no other German city was there such a large Jewish community.
History of the Judengasse Frankfurt
This trailer provides a brief introduction to the history of Frankfurt’s Judengasse.
The exhibition in the Museum Judengasse provides different views of everyday Jewish life in the early modern era. How did the inhabitants of the Judengasse live? Who lived in the houses whose foundations you can now view in the museum? What did Frankfurt’s Jews live on? What kind of relationship existed between them, the Frankfurt Council, and the Emperor?
In the midst of the preserved ruins, the exhibition lets objects that were once made or used on site speak for themselves. One room is devoted entirely to the music and literature that emerged, was read, or printed here.
In 2016 the Museum Judengasse was awarded the Museum Prize of the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen 2016.
The Museum Judengasse is especially designed for children, young people, and families. Public family tours are given on weekends and a children’s program is featured once a month at the museum. A series of workshops developed in house for kindergarten and school classes is also available and can be booked at any time.
Mediaguide und Museumsapp
You can download the multimedia guide as an app from the App Store and Google Play. It also includes the neighboring Jewish cemetery. The key for the cemetery can be obtained at the museum ticket office.
The foundations of five houses from the Judengasse in Frankfurt make up the heart of the museum. Those houses come to life again in the model.
Eighteen steps lead down four meters to the former ritual bath in the Museum Judengasse. The mikveh was in the "Steinerne Haus" (The Stone House), which belonged to the wealthy Wertheimer-Kann family. It is one of five houses whose foundations can be seen in the museum.
A tour with interactive stations and a special catalog invites children to explore and investigate the ruins from the Judengasse.
An animated film and a model of the Judengasse offer visitors an introduction to the history of Europe’s oldest Jewish ghetto.
In the midst of the ruins of the Judengasse, ceremonial objects that were made or used in the Judengasse are on view–as well as this splendid Frankfurt Chanukah candelabra dating from the year 1681.
Opened today: 10:00 – 17:00
- Museum Judengasse regular/reduced6€ / 3€
- members of the friends and patrons of our museumfree
- kids under 18free
- free admission every last Saturday of the month („Satourday“)free
- with Frankfurt-Pass/Kulturpass1€
Battonnstrasse 47, 60311 Frankfurt am Main