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Judenplatz earned its name back in the 13th century when it was first designated as the Jewish Ghetto. For centuries, this neighborhood remained the epicenter of Jewish life in Vienna, an identity that still lives among the exhibits found at the Museum Judenplatz. This small yet effective branch of the Vienna Jewish Museum (located a little south of Judenplatz) details the role Viennese Jews played in the development of city life, leading up to when they became the targets of violence during World War II.

Located below the museum, the Mittelalterliche Synagogue (Medieval Synagogue) gives a more authentic look at the history of Jewish life in Vienna. Constructed in the mid-13th century, this synagogue was once one of the largest in the world. It was systematically torn down starting in the 14th century as the surrounding neighborhood fell victim to pogroms. Finish your tour of the area with a visit to the nearby Holocaust Memorial. Many say a visit here is a moving and humbling experience.

The Museum Judenplatz is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is about 10 euros (around $11.50) for adults and 5 euros (about $6) for students up to age 27; kids up to 18 are granted free entry. Free guided tours are available. For more information, visit the Museum Judenplatz section of the Vienna Jewish Museum website.

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