The Old Jewish Quarter
An Outstanding Cultural Heritage

The old Jewish quarter of Hohenems is almost completely preserved: an oustanding cultural heritage and urban ensemble. In 1996, its most significant parts were landmarked by the federal office for preservation. Together with the former “Christian’s lane,“ the Jewish quarter forms the historical center of the town – a reminder even today of the co-existence of the two communities in Hohenems.
The preserved buildings go back to the 18th and 19th century. Still existing are the mansions and the townhouses of the merchants and industrialists, the poor structures of peddlers and craftsmen, the inns and coffeehouses – and the public buildings of religious and social life: the syngaogue and the mikveh (ritual bath), the school and the almhouse.
A guided tour through the Jewish quarter can be adjusted to different time frames, corresponding to other elements of the tour. We can focus on daily life and biographies, tradition and religion, on National Socialsm, escape and memory culture, or can walk through the quarter following traces of literature.