In the streets of Colmar, discover the symbols, statues and inscriptions that tell the story of the city´s Jewish community. At the Bartholdi museum, you will visit a room entirely dedicated to its history, presenting items from Jewish family ritual. You will also be able to get inside the Colmar synagogue, which is quite exceptional, as a synagogue is not usually open to the public.
Hi there! We are Laura et Georges, the team behind Hopla Guide. We run this project together, and in our spare time, we run our life together. We are an international couple, she’s Argentinian, he’s French, but both “Made in Alsace”. Travellers, food lovers, culture addicts, wanderers... our lives brought us in many places, from Europe to Latin America. Every trip, we seek for authentic experiences. We want to discover it all, but freely, spontaneously. During our trips, we found ourselves with two options: either we had to follow a guided group, losing our independence, or wander around with the feeling of missing out on important places. What to see ? In what order ? And what souvenirs to buy and bring back home ? Is there no other way? What if we could visit a city on our own, with freedom and flexibility, and be sure we are going to see everything, learn about the local culture, and have fun at the same time? What if we could be guided explorers? One day, we decided to put our abilities together and innovate. Laura has a master's degree in tourism specialized in management, marketing and eco-sustainability. Georges has a master's degree in history of art from Paris-Sorbonne university. We both have professional experience in tourism companies. That is how Hopla Guide started. We built a solution, reimagined guided tours, and created a complete experience, both physical and digital. Cultural information had to be accessible to the explorer at any time, so we chose to build a mobile app, allowing interactivity and flexibility. But we wanted to go further and create something that doesn't stay on your phone but materialises in the real world. So we selected exciting items that enhance the visit and bring the tour on another level of interaction, using other senses : touch, taste and smell. We believe in slow tourism, in a respectful and deeper way of discovering. We empower little groups to live a true cultural exploration, not just a quick run in the city to take some pictures and go away without learning anything. Our explorers are meant to get an honest grasp of the local identity. We invite you to take part in our story and give a chance to another kind of cultural experience.
Part of Germany until 1681, Colmar has a Jewish community that dates back to the mid-13th century. The medieval community, which owned a synagogue, mikvah, and a cemetery, settled between the present Rue Chauffour and Rue Berthe-Molly (then names Rue des Juifs). We can arrange for you to visit the Colmar Synagogue, originally built in 1840. This neo-Romanesque synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II and then restored by the local community after the war. You may also tour the Musée Bartholdi, which contains a fine collection of Jewish rituals objects and synagogue furnishings. The museum is located in the house of Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty. Another museum to see this year is the newly renovated Unterlinden, listed as one of the notable destinations for 2016.
The synagogue is situated in the town center, minutes away from the pedestrian zone and near many hotels. Guided tours are available by appointment, every day except for shabbat and festivals. To book please phone either : The synagogue office +33 3 89 41 38 29 (if answering machine please leave a message); or the tourist office, place Unterlinden in Colmar or by phone +33 3 89 20 68 92. For security reasons you will be asked to show your passports, identity card or driving license, and your bags may be checked.