Uncovering Jewish Culture and History in Budapest
Delve into Hungary's Jewish history in the Budapest's Seventh District.
- Discover the fascinating Jewish culture of the 7th District
- Visit the most magnificent synagogue in the world - the Dohany Street Synagogue
- Learn about cultural significance at places of worship
- Discover the history of Jews in Budapest since 13th Century
- Pay your respects at the “Weeping Willow” memorial
- Learn about Raoul Wallenberg
- See the oldest church in Budapest- the Inner-City Mother Church of the Blessed Virgin
Though small in size, the 7th District currently has Budapest’s highest population density, leading the streets a buzzing ambience, day or night. Plenty of historical remains, a cemetery, a memorial garden and a museum provide a poignant narrative on the Holocaust and the former Budapest Ghetto.
As Central Europe’s largest Jewish community, Budapest is home to around 90,000 Jews, of which ten thousand are believed to be Holocaust survivors. Since the fall of communism, the city has seen a revival of Jewish religious life in the city. Shops and businesses reopened and around 20 synagogues are now found throughout the city, representing a variety of movements including Orthodox, Chabad Lubavitch, Neolog and Liberal. Budapest also boasts many Jewish schools, cultural centres, monuments, historical sites, kosher restaurants, ritual baths, kosher butcheries, bakeries, and even a matza factory. Several museums are dedicated to Jewish interest.
On this fascinating tour of Budapest’s Jewish Quarter you will discover the Jewish Heritage of 7th District with a knowledgeable local guide. Hear centuries-old tales of Jewish history and gain first-hand insight on Jewish culture past and present. Discover Dohany Synagogue, the largest in Europe - with capacity for over 3,000 people, visit a memorial to heroic Jewish soldiers who fought in WWI. Your tour of Budapest’s Jewish Culture will take you to the “Weeping Willow” memorial, inscribed with the names of over 400,000 Jews killed in the Holocaust. You will also see a bronze statue of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat credited with saving tens of thousands of Jewish lives in Budapest.
Learn about the lives of the Jewish community under Soviet rule when Budapest became the only Soviet satellite country where an operational Rabbinical Seminary continued to exist. Learn about the beautiful Rumbach Synagogue, the Orthodox community within the Jewish Quarter and the story of Carl Lutz Memorial. Our captivating stroll will include plenty of interaction with local people both in the streets, and in an atmospheric Jewish cafe to enjoy a coffee and a slice of Kosher cake.
Additional Notes pertaining to your tour in the Dohany Synagogue:
- Your tickets are for a specific time slot at 10AM. Tickets cannot be exchanged nor refunded for a different time slot.
- Please dress appropriately. Men must wear a kippah (available on-site)
- You will undergo a security check upon entry
- No large backpacks are permitted
- Opening hours may be changed last minute due to services and events