Budapest's Jewish Heritage:
The cultural links between Budapest and Judaism are amongst the oldest on the European continent. Records of permanent settlement by exiles from the Middle East date as far back as the mid-14th century, and even prior to this Jewish communities had been documented in what is now Hungary around the 3-4th centuries A.D.
Throughout the ages these emigrants have imparted upon the Hungarian capital one of the most vibrant and robust Jewish societies outside of Israel. It's a heritage that has survived relatively intact into the present day, despite perils ranging from Ottoman Invasion to anti-semitic fascism. Discover it for yourself during a future visit by booking either the Essentials or Grand Jewish Heritage Walking Tours (details below).
- May 1 - November 30, Daily.
- Live English-Speaking Guide.
- May 1 - October 31: 10:00 and 14:00.
- November 1 - 31: 10:00 only.
- In front of Dohány Street Synagogue, Budapest, Dohány street. 2, 1074.
- Essentials Tour: 1.5 - 2 Hours.
- Grand Tour: Approx. 3 - 3.5 Hours.
- Standard walking tour tickets include all age groups.
About The Essentials Tour:
If you don't have a huge amount of time to spare yet are still interested in Budapest's Jewish story then you can't go wrong with the essentials tour. A professional guide will lead you into the heart of the Jewish Quarter on an exploration of its most iconic sites. Starting in front of Dohány Street Synagogue, you'll receive access to this incredible building as well as surrounding monuments such as the Tree of Life (Emanuel) Holocaust Memorial, Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park and Jewish Cemetery. You'll also view the outer portions of Rumbach Street Synagogue.
All free entries are listed in the highlights section above. Note that walking tour participants also gain free entry to the Jewish Museum and an exhibition about the history of the Jewish Quarter in Goldmark Hall.
About The Grand Tour:
Everything that's included in the essentials tour is included the grand version. Instead of finishing up in Goldmark Hall, however, you'll continue onto the Carl Lutz Memorial Park, named after the Swiss Vice-Consul credited with saving over 60,000 Jews from from the Nazi extermination camps. See the plaque dedicated in his honour then wander over to historic Madách Imre Square with your guide. This is followed up with a journey across to Gozsdu Courtyard, an old yet refreshingly contemporary public space that was once the site of numerous Jewish businesses and prayer houses.
The final portion of the Grand tour takes you inside Europe's largest orthodox synagogue, the Kazinczy Street Synagogue. To top off your half-day heritage walk grab a free cake in the Fröhlich kosher confectionery store or enjoy 10% off a meal at Carmel Restaurant.