The striking new Jewish Center at St.-Jakobs-Platz has transformed a formerly sleepy area into an elegant, busy modern square. The buildings signify the return of the Jewish community to Munich's city center, six decades after the end of the Third Reich. The center includes a museum focusing on Jewish history in Munich (plus kosher café), and the impressive Ohel Jakob Synagogue (www.juedisches-museum-muenchen.de), with its rough slabs topped by a latticelike cover,
manifesting a thought-provoking sense of permanence. The third building is a community center, which includes the kosher Einstein restaurant (www.einstein-restaurant.de). Guided tours of the synagogue are in great demand, so to see it, arrange a time weeks in advance (089/202400–100).