Jewish Budapest -History, activities and tours

Jewish Budapest -History, activities and tours

A website about the Jewish quarter of Budapest. Features information, history, activities, accomodations and guided tours which may be booked on the website.

This area of the Hungarian capital may not be as famous as Castle Hill, Váci Street or Heroes’ Square, but for visitors looking to gain some insight into the country’s history, it shouldn’t be left out.

Established at the turn of the 19th century when the Jewish community gathered in the 7th District along the road leading to the bridge that crosses the Danube. The center of this area became Király Street. Budapest today has the largest Jewish community in Central Europe, with an active religious and cultural heritage.

In 2002 this historic neighborhood bordered by Király and Csányi Street, Klauzál Square, Kisdiófa and Dohány Street and Károly Boulevard was named the old Jewish Quarter of Pest and was entered into the World Heritage Conservation Zone.

This area is home to most of the city’s Jewish cultural heritage sites, including the famous „Synagogue Triangle.” (This was also where in 1944 the Pest Ghetto was built, crowding 70.000 people together.)

At Dohány Street 2. you will find the world’s second largest and Europe’s largest synagogue, the Dohány Street Synagogue. The site of this building is also the birthplace of Theodor Herzl, Father of Zionism. In the garden is the Martyrs’ Cemetery and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Adjacent to the temple is the Jewish Museum.

The second point of the Triangle is the synagogue on Rumbach Street, also known as „the little synagogue.”

The third point is the Kazinczy Street Orthodox Synagogue. This area is home to kosher shops and Budapest’s only mikveh (ritual bath).

This historic district, as a part of the city’s rehabilitation strategy, started to to look towards youth culture and tourism in recent years: from 2002 some now very popular cafes, bars and summer music venues opened in buildings that were earlier considered for demolition: the Szimpla-garden, the Gozsdu Mano Klub, or the Kőleves (Stone Soup) -garden to name a few.

Since then the area, especially Kazinczy Street is not only known for its rich cultural heritage, but for it’s unique cultural present, with “ruin pubs,” art and design shops, like the Kék Ló (Blue Horse)and Printa graphic design studio which incidentally also function as pubs/cafes.

We are dedicated to showing visitors the wealth of Hungarian and Hungarian-Jewish culture Our highly qualified, English speaking guides are here to help you understand past and present of Jewish culture in Hungary and especially Budapest. We try to limit our sightseeing tours to small groups of people. To customized to the needs of our guests, we have three types of Jewish Heritage Tours.

Guided Tours:

The Essential Tour (1,5 h), during which we take guests to the Grand Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, the Wallenberg Park and the Tree of Life. 18.85 EUR

The Grand Tour (2,5 h) includes an interior visit of the Grand Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, the Wallenberg Park and the Tree of Life. We also take our guests on an outside visit of the Temple of Heroes, an interior visit of the Rumbach Street Synagogue, the Carl Lutz Memorial, an outside visit of the Kazinczy Street Orthodox Synagogue and cake and coffee at a kosher confectionery. (Or guests can choose a 10% discount at a kosher restaurant.) 36.15 EUR

The Expanded Grand Tour (3,5 h), which includes the same stops, but guests will have the opportunity to go inside the Temple of Heroes and the Kazinczy Street Synagogue. 38.1 EUR

All of our tours are in English.

Transportation: Metro Line 2. Astoria Station

Meeting point: Dohány Street 2.

Tel./fax.: +36 1 317 1377 ; +36 1 317 2754

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