Munich’s new main synagogue, Ohel Jakob (Jacob’s Tent), is a masterpiece of contemporary (sacred) architecture. Since its inauguration on 9 November 2006, the freestanding house of worship on St. Jakob’s Platz has been a highly visible sign that Judaism has returned to the heart of the city and society.
The striking architecture of the synagogue is made up of two cubes placed one on top of the other: a massive rock foundation below a delicate glass structure, which encases a bronze-coloured metal shroud. This interplay of stability and fragility, permanence and transience is an impressive architectural metaphor for the Jewish principles of temple and tent.
The simple interior is extraordinary in its intensity. A 32-metre-long underground “Passage of Remembrance” connects the synagogue with the community centre.
Guided tours in the main synagogue:Here you can learn about the history of the Jewish community in Munich and the order of events in a service of worship, as well as finding out interesting facts about the architecture of the synagogue.
- You need to book guided tours in advance. Schedule of dates.
- Registration for public guided tours for individuals and small groups (up to 10 people) by phone (089/202400-100) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Registration for guided tours for groups of more than 10 people by phone (089/202400-117) or email (email@example.com). Dates available on request.
- No tours take place on Fridays, Saturdays, during the Bavarian school holidays or on Jewish holidays.