A Journey through Jewish Budapest with a Historian
Walking tours

A Journey through Jewish Budapest with a Historian

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Do this because
  • Begin at the square where the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, was born.
  • Explore the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest temple in Europe, with the assistance of a Jewish Studies Scholar. Take in the lavish, Moorish Revival style before visiting the Temple of Heroes, the Jewish Museum, and a Memorial Park, all within the complex.
  • Walk to the neighboring Ghetto Wall Memorial, erected in 2014, before passing a luxurious Mikve (or Jewish ritual bath) and continuing to the Art Nouveau orthodox synagogue on Kazinczy Street.
  • Discover the history of the Status Quo Ante stream of Judaism while observing the Rumbach Street Synagogue.
  • We will conclude our tour reflecting at the Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial. This is a space to remember the Jewish lives lost here and to consider the revitalization of Budapest’s Jewish community today.
What to expect

Experience the highs and lows of over 1000 years Jewish culture in Budapest on this walking tour. You'll be able to see the remains of a Medieval Jewish community which existed during the Árpád dynasty between the 10th and 14th centuries. The tolerant rulers allowed a settlement to flourish beside Buda Castle Hill. However, Jews were not allowed to buy property in Pest or Buda for centuries. As a result they built up their society in nearby Óbuda (known as Altofen in German), another stop on your tour. Here you'll be able to visit the classicist synagogue, a symbol the flourish Jewish community of the 1800's. It is also possible to see the hidden Frankel Leó Road Synagogue built a few decades later.

The tour will move on to Lipótváros and Dohány Street. Lipótváros became a financial powerhouse for the area, thanks to the emancipation of Hungary's Jews in 1868. The Dohány Synagogue, which inspired the Central Synagogue of Manhattan, demonstrates the wealth of the Jewish upper­class bourgeoisie of this period. Nearby you can visit the New York Café, a once lively hub for Hungarian writers and artists.

You'll move on to a lesser known area of Budapest, where the majority of Budapest's Jewish population lived as lower class citizens. A large amount of Eastern Jewish refugees created less-luxurious quarters, but also allowed for small Hasidic shtibls and Sephardic­rite prayer houses to be built near the market where salesmen worked after various wars. The large population that existed here has declined, but you can still feel the sense of community today.

Despite the long history of wealth and tolerance, Hungary's Jews suffered under a Soviet siege, the Nazi and Hungarian Arrow Cross mass killings, and the coldest winter of the war. Two of Budapest's ghettos, XIII and VII districts, still stand today as witnesses to these brutal events. You'll be able to see the tragedies of this period, but also the beautiful neighborhood of Újlipótváros to learn more about the Jewish upper middle class from the more peaceful interwar and postwar periods. At the end of the tour, if you wish, you can visit the Kozma Street Jewish cemetery to see one of the most informative places about Budapest Jewry than any other building or memorial in the city.

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What's included
  • 3-hour guided walk
  • Historian tour guide
What's not included
  • Entrance to Dohány Synagogue: Individual 4000 Ft, students and seniors: 3000 Ft
  • Entrance to Rumbach Street Synagogue: Individual 500Ft; students and seniors: 300Ft
  • Entrance to Kazincky Street Synagogue: Individual, students & seniors: 1000Ft
  • Tram and metro tickets
Where

Cafe Synago

Meeting point:

Cafe Synago, Dohány u. 1/A, 1075 Budapest

What to remember
  • Your guide can help you to purchase Tram and Metro tickets if you do not already have a visitor pass.
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When
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.00am
  • Sundays at 2.00pm
  • See calendar for exact available dates and times
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Provider
Insight Cities
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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