Information for your visit in ShUM

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    Welcome to the ShUM-Sites

    Welcome to the SchUM-Sites - Welcome to the Jewish heritage on the Rhine!

    We are pleased that you are interested in visiting the ShUM-Sites and the Jewish medieval monuments. We welcome you to Speyer, Worms and Mainz - Shalom שלום!

    With this website, we would like to offer you the opportunity to inform yourself about all interesting and important aspects before you visit the ShUM-sites. We give you information about the places of interest, opening times, admission fees, travel directions and ticket booking options. With our online offer, you can already start planning your journey before your arrival. The website is printable. To do this, please use the print button.

    ShUM

    You can look forward to competence and empathy: In Speyer, Worms and Mainz, tour guides who have received intensive training on ShUM are at your disposal since January 2020. They will tell you with emotions and expertise everything worth knowing about the unique Jewish community association and its monuments, ensembles and cemeteries..

    The Jewish communities in the cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz along the Rhine formed an alliance in the middle Ages that profoundly influenced the architecture, culture, religion and jurisprudence of the Central and Eastern European Jewish worlds in Ashkenaz. Monuments - synagogues, women's shuln, ritual baths and cemeteries - together with the religious tradition, prove the immense importance of the ShUM-Comunities and their sites. Visit the Jewish heritage on the Rhine and experience the Century-old history of ShUM dating back to the 10th/11th century.

    Discover the Jewish sites nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and hopefully become UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2021! Immerse yourself in more than 900 years of Jewish tradition.

    Learn about the many facets of the brightest and darkest periods of German-Jewish history. It were centuries between tradition and innovation, massacres during the Crusades, medieval pogroms, but also the rooting of Jews in »Jerusalem on the Rhine«, acculturation and emancipation up to the Holocaust and the recovery of the synagogue compund in Worms after 1957.

    The association SchUM-Städte e.V. is involved in the joint public activities of the ShUM-Sites, for example through lecture series and exhibitions or educational materials. In addition, the association contributes to the application of the ShUM-Sites for recognition as UNESCO World Heritage.

    Information on the touristic possibilities of the ShUM-Sites such as accommodation, bookings of guided tours and much more, you will receive from the competent colleagues of the Tourist-Information Speyer, the Tourist Information Worms and the Tourist Service Center Mainz.

    Speyer – SchPIRA

    The exceptional Judenhof (Jewry-Court Speyer)

    Access through the museum SchPIRA

    The SchPIRA Museum was opened in 2010 and displays archaeological relics of the three main pillars of the Jewish community: synagogue, ritual bath, and cemetery. The objects come from the Judaica Collection of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate and the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments. Among other relics, tombstones, architectural elements and floor tiles of the synagogue as well as coins from the »Treasure of Lingenfeld« are shown. The museum also serves as the entrance and thus the preparation for the area of the »Judenhof«, where you find the remains of the medieval Synagogue and the Mikveh.
    Passing through the SchPIRA Museum, one arrives at the »Judenhof«, a closed area within the city, where the impressive towering remains of the medieval synagogue, the women's shul and the excellently preserved mikveh are located. Furthermore, the synagogue courtyard and the Yeshiva, the teaching house, are archaeologically preserved.
    The Ritual Bath was built at the beginning of the 12th century and is the oldest known monumental mikveh, with a construction method unique in Europe. The remains of the synagogue, inaugurated in 1104, are considered to be the best preserved 12th century synagogue in Europe. The extension for the women from the middle of the 13th century was built according to the model of the Wormser women's shul from 1212/13.

    Discover Speyer's Jewish Life: new offer!
    We welcome you to this unique tour in our hotel with a glass of kosher wine. Afterwards you will visit the Jewish heritage of the city of Speyer together with a guide who was specially trained in this subject. Finally, you will find yourself in the vaulted cellar and enjoy a menu of popular dishes of Jewish/Israeli cuisine, such as humus, falafel, cholent and halva parfait. Everything is prepared according to the Jewish food regulations (kosher).
    Price: Groups from 20 persons 69,00 € per person

    Included: Kosher culinary warm-up in the Hof der Sinne, guided tour of the Jewish sites in Speyer, kosher menu in the vaulted cellar. Drinks are charged according to consumption!
    http://www.gewoelbekeller-speyer.de/das-juedische-speyer-entdecken/

    Address and contact

    Kleine Pfaffengasse 20/21
    67346 Speyer
    Telefon: +49 (0)6232 291971

    Tourist-Information Speyer
    E-Mail: touristinformation_at_stadt-speyer.de
    Website: Tourismus Info Speyer

    Verkehrsverein Speyer
    E-Mail: info_at_verkehrsverein-speyer.de
    Website: Verkehrsverein Speyer

    Opening Hours

    November to March
    Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    April to October
    Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Admission

    • Adults € 3,00
    • Reduced € 1,50
    • Children up to age 10: free entrance
    • Families € 7,00
    • Participants of Guided City Tours do not pay an entrance fee

    Guided Tours for Groups in the Judenhof:
    Maximum 25 individuals, duration ca. one hour, € 66,00 including entrance into the museum SchPIRA
    Bookings online or through the Tourist-Information Speyer.

    Guided Tours »Jewish Life and History in Speyer«

    Meeting point: in front of the Main Portal of the Cathedral (Domplatz 1)
    Dates: each 3rd Sunday from March to October at 11 a.m.

    Admissions

    • Adults: € 8,- / Reduction with SpeyerCARD: € 6,00
    • Pupils, Students, Handicapped: € 6,00
    • Families: € 16,00
    • Children up to age 10 don’t pay an entrance fee.

    Address, Contact, Bookings of individual tours
    Tourist-Information Speyer
    Maximilianstraße 13
    67346 Speyer

    Phone: + 49 (0)6232 142392
    E-Mail: touristinformation_at_stadt-speyer.de
    Website: Tourism Info
    Website: Guided Tours

    Opening Hours of Tourist-Information
    November to March:
    Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to noon.

    April to October:
    Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Sundays and holidays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Worms - WARMAISA

    Synagogue compound

    A synagogue was already built in Worms in 1034. It was destroyed during the pogroms of the crusades in 1096. In 1174/75 a new building was constructed. The building style of the Worms synagogue, a hall vaulted over two pillars, served as a model for many synagogues in Europe, e.g. for Regensburg, Vienna, Prague and Krakow.
    In 1212/13 the first known women's shul in Europe was built as an extension. In 1626 the Raschi-Yeshiva was built as a teaching house and also, the vestibule to the women's shul was erected.
    nother highlight on the compound: the Mikveh, built in 1185/86. Currently closed. Information under: Mikveh Worms
    The synagogue was destroyed in the November pogrom of 1938. Already in the late 1940s, an initiative was formed to rebuild the unique synagogue. The Worms' synagogue, which had been recovered after the Shoah, was reopened in 1961 under great public interest - but not without previous controversial discussions.
    The whole compound and its monuments are owned by the Jewish Community of Mainz K.d.ö.R. For many years now, services have again been celebrated on holidays or on Shabbat. In addition, events such as concerts take place in the synagogue. Information under: Jewish Community Mainz

    Important note
    For religious reasons, male Jews always ahve to wear headgear in the synagogue. We therefore generally ask male visitors to wear a headgear as well. This does not have to be a kippa, it's fine to wear a hat, a cap or a baseball cap. Without a headgear, a visit for male guests is not possible.

    Address

    Synagogenplatz
    67547 Worms

    Free entrance.

    Opening hours Synagoge and Community Compound

    November to March:
    daily, 10 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    April to October: daily,
    10 a.m. to noon, 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    During some public holidays, the Synagogue is closed, please do inform yourself: Tourist Info
    On some Saturdays or other festive days, the Jewish Community holds services and the Synagogue is then closed to the public. Please do inform about holidays under: Jewish Holidays

    Mikveh

    The Mikveh in Worms, which dates back to 1185/86, was built after the model of the ritual bath in Speyer. It is similar in construction, but a bit smaller. By a staircase dwindling down, one reaches an anteroom, from which another staircase leads down to the plunge pool.

    Unfortunately, the Mikwe in Worms had to be closed in November 2016 due to building research and subsequent renovation work. You can experience a visit through a website.

    Discover Jewish history in Worms via App!

    The Jewish ritual bath (Mikwe), the synagogue and the old Jewish cemetery Heiliger Sand in Worms are among the outstanding sights of the city. With this app you can discover these monuments in a completely new way. Follow three interesting stories and get to know SchUM, the Jewish Worms and Jewish customs and rituals. Explore the oldest preserved Jewish cemetery in Europe and find out what this eternal place is all about. Discover the medieval mikvah and let us tell you what is hidden behind living water.
    The English text version is ready, the English audo version will be ready in the end of 2020.
    At the end of 2020 you can also explore the Judenhof in Speyer with an app!

    Jewish Museum in »Rashi-House«

    From 15 September 2020 on, a new museum experience awaits you at the Jewish Museum Worms. It will remain closed for 14 days for the redesign.
    The exhibition: »ShUM on the Rhine - From the Middle Ages to Modernity« will be accompanied by a website soon, so stay tuned!

    Address and Contact

    Jüdisches Museum Worms
    Hintere Judengasse 6
    67547 Worms

    Phone: +49 (0) 6241 853 4701
    E-Mail: stadtarchiv_at_worms.de
    Website: www.worms.de/juedisches-museum-EN

    Opening Hours of the Jewish Museum

    November to March:
    Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    April to October:
    Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Mondays closed.

    Admissions

    • Adults: € 1,50
    • Children: € 0,80

    Groups from 10 individuals on:

    • Adults: € 1,00
    • Children/ pupils: € 0,50

    We advise groups to let us know the date and time of their visit in advance:
    +49 (0) 62 41 8 53 47 01 or
    stadtarchiv_at_worms.de

    Information for Visitors of Heiliger Sand

    The Jewish cemetery »Heiliger Sand« is closed for individual visitors until further notice and can only be visited as part of a themed tour (public or booked). Please book guided tours under: Information

    Jewish Cemetery Heiliger Sand

    The Jewish cemetery Heiliger Sand in Worms is the oldest in situ preserved Jewish cemetery in Europe, dating back to the middle of the 11th century. There are around 2,500 tombstones, of which about 600 are from the middle Ages. The oldest still legible tombstone dates from 1058/59. Among the most famous figures buried on the cemetery are Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg, called MaHaRam (died 1293), Alexander ben Salomon Wimpfen and Rabbi Jacob ben Moses haLevi, called MaHaRil (died 1427).

    Important note:
    For religious reasons, male Jews always wear headgear in the synagogue. We therefore generally ask male visitors to wear a headgear as well. This does not have to be a kippa, it's fine to wear a hat, a cap or a baseball cap. Without a headgear, a visit for male guests is not possible.
    Please do not leave the paths and respect the Halakha, the Jewish religious laws with respect to the dead. The path leads you along the medieval area to the newer part of the cemetery. From there you have a wonderful view of the entire area and the famous Rabbinic Valley; you will pass also the »Martin Buber-View«.

    Address

    Willy-Brandt-Ring 21
    67547 Worms

    Free entrance.

    Opening Hours of the Cemetery

    April to September
    Sunday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    October to March
    Sunday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

    On Saturdays (Shabbat) and Jewish Holidays, the Cemetery is closed.
    Please do inform yourself on Jewish Holidays under: Jewish Calendar

    Closed also on Christmas, 31st December, New Year’s day and Good Friday.
    Short-term closings can occur; please do inform yourself on the bulletin in the forecourt of the cemetery.

    Guided tours. Please book through the Touristinformation

    All guided tours to Jewish Worms can be booked by groups on the desired date after prior written reservation, also in the following foreign languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew.

    »ShuM on the way to world heritage - Worms«
    Offer between April and October, always on the last Sunday of the month at 10.30 am
    Tickets: € 8.00 per person (children up to 14 years free) are available from the guides.
    Prior registration is not required.

    Public tour »Jewish Worms«
    Key aspects of this tour are the Jewish quarter with Synagogue Compound , Judengasse and the Jewish Museum.
    Dates: April to October on the 1st Sunday of the month, 10.30 a.m.,
    Charge: € 8,00; Tickets are given out by the tour guide.
    Meeting point: In front of the Synagogue, Synagogenplatz;
    prior registration is not required.
    Bookable under e.g.: www.ticket-regional.de

    Public Tour Jewish Cemetery Heiliger Sand
    April to November, Friday, 11 a.m.,
    Charge: € 8,00; Tickets are given out by the tour guide.
    Meeting point: entrance court of the Jewish cemetery (not on Jewish holidays); prior registration is not required.

    Information and Booking
    WfG für die Stadt Worms mbH
    Geschäftsbereich Tourismus
    Neumarkt 14
    67547 Worms

    Phone: Tel: +49 (0)6241 853 7306
    E-Mail: touristinfo_at_worms.de
    Website: Discover Worms

    Opening Hours of the Touristinformation
    November to March:
    Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    April to October:
    Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Mainz - MAGENZA

    Old Jewish Cemetery »Judensand«

    The Memorial Cemetery on the compound of the medieval Jewish cemetery »auf dem Judensand« is owned by the Jewish Community Mainz. The cemetery is currently not open to the public.
    The outstanding Memorial Cemetery was constructed in 1926 from Jewish gravestones that were repeatedly found during construction works througout the city. They were taken away from the cemetery in the previous centuries, after persecutions, for construction purposes. The Memorial Cemetery is unique in Europe. The Memorial Cemetery was created on an area that belonged to the Jewish cemetery already in the middle Ages, but after the expulsion of the Jews from Mainz the ground was designated to another use. Where exactly the medieval burial grounds are located could not be determined after the repurchase of the area by the Jewish Community Mainz in 1925.
    In order not to disturb the rest of the dead, it is not permitted in Judaism to walk over graves. For this reason, the Memorial Cemetery cannot be made accessible to the public. There are medium-term plans to reach a visitor centre where interested people will obtain information. At the same time, the newer part of the cemetery at Mombacher Straße will be opened.
    If you are interested in visiting the spectacular New Synagogue with its architectural language inspired by the great tradition of SchUM, the Jewish community Mainz is your contact.

    Address and Contact

    Jüdische Gemeinde Mainz
    Synagogenplatz
    (Corner Hindenburgstraße / Josefsstraße)
    55118 Mainz

    Phone: +49 (0)6131 2108800
    Information: Jewish Community Mainz

    Touristic Information and Contact

    Tourist Service Center Mainz
    Brückenturm
    Rheinstraße 55
    55116 Mainz

    Opening Hours
    November to March: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    April to October: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Closed on Sundays and Holidays.

    E-Mail: tourist_at_mainzplus.com
    Phone: +49 (0)6131 242888
    Website: Mainz Tourismus

    Tourist Service Center Mainz in Landesmuseum Mainz

    Große Bleiche 49-51
    55116 Mainz
    Phone: +49 (0)6131-2857-191
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    Opening Hours
    Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Wednesdays to Sundays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Closed on Mondays, please do inform yourself regarding holidays.

    E-Mail: tourist_at_mainzplus.com
    Website: Mainz Tourism

    Guided Tours

    Guided Tours for Groups
    Information: Guided tours
    »Magenza, the Jewish Mainz – one of the ShUM-Cities«

    Tourist Service Center Mainz
    Meeting Point: will be named during booking process

    Charge: € 115,00, Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours, maximum 25 individuals.

    Phone: +49 (0)6131 242827
    E-Mail: gaestefuehrung_at_mainzplus.com
    Website: Guided Tours

    Guided Tours for Individuals
    »Magenza: Jewish Mainz«

    City Tour focusing on Jewish History
    Tourist Service Center Mainz

    Meeting Point: Tourist Service Center Mainz, Brückenturm, Rheinstraße 55, 55116 Mainz

    Charge per person: € 12,00

    Phone: +49 (0)6131 242827
    E-Mail: tourist_at_mainzplus.com
    Website: Guided Tours

    Traffic connections

    How to travel to and between the ShUM-Cities
    By Train

    The lines S6 and RE4 / 4474 serve the route Speyer - Worms - Mainz

    • Between Speyer and Worms about 35 minutes.
    • Between Worms and Mainz about 30 to 35 minutes
    • Between Speyer and Mainz about 1 to 1.5 hours.

    Individual sections can be traveled in addition by other lines.
    Website: www.bahn.de

    By Car

    Speyer <> Mainz

    • A 61 to motorway junction Alzey, then A 63, approx. 75 minutes
    • A 6, A 67, A 60, about 75 minutes

    Speyer <> Worms

    • A 61, about 45 minutes
    • B 9, about 45 minutes

    Worms <> Mainz

    • A 61 to motorway junction Alzey, then A 63 or vice versa, approx. 45 minutes
    • B 9 about 45 minutes to 1 hour

    Parking in Speyer

    • Parking Festplatz or Parking Zentrum.
    • Bus parking at Festplatz.

    Parking in Worms

    • There are signs that lead you to the parking possibilities.
    • Synagogue district: Parking Kaiser Passage.
    • Cemetery: Parking The Wormser or Parking Am Theater.
    • Parking on the Festplatz on the Rhine (except for events) is free!
    • Bus parking at Festplatz / Barbarossaplatz.

    Parking in Mainz

    • Downtown: Parkhaus Am Brand, Parkhaus Rheinufer, Parkhaus Römisches Theater and Parkhaus Wallstraße.
    • New Synagogue: Parkplatz Schloss oder Parkhaus Bleiche.
    • Bus parking: Bus lane at the Hilton (parking duration max 3 h).

    Information for Jewish guests

    There are no kosher restaurants in Speyer and Worms but in Mainz. There are no kosher hotels or holiday apartments which follow the Kashrut.
    Many restaurants offer vegetarian or even vegan food.

    A kosher list is available from:
    Orthodox Rabbinical Conference of Germany
    Roonstr. 50
    50674 Cologne
    Phone: +49 (0) 221 92 15 60 20
    Fax: +49 (0) 221 92 15 60 19
    E-Mail: info_at_ordonline.de

    Online: Kosher List

    Further services and information on Jewish life in Germany
    Central Council of Jews in Germany