Big Jewish Tour
If you would like to get a personal and detailed experience about Hungarian Jewish culture and heritage sights, don't skip this tour!
Let’s discover the 7th district, the "Jewish Quarter", the so called Synagoge triangle and monuments. Let’s walk along the streets, which belonged to the former ghetto in Budapest. The Jewish people who lived here played an important role in culture, arts, trade and business life in the 19-20th century. You can have a personal experience about the Hungarian Jewish culture and history but you will also have some impressions about today's life and some street art works. We can have a break and taste a traditional Jewish cake in a friendly Jewish café.
We will walk towards the House of Parliement, I will show you the disputed Memorial about German Occupation, optionally the "Glass House" and the "Shoes on the Danube Bank" Memorial.
Main attractions we will visit:
We will start our tour near Deák tér, in the city centre, where I will show you a mainly disputed but historical building. We will talk about the history of the Jewish district and the synagogue triangle.
We walk through Király street, you will hear about the Budapest ghetto, Jewish memories, nice buildings.
Let's have a break and taste some Hungarian food at the Market Hall.
Kazinczy Orthodox Synagogue
We will visit the Kazinczy synagogue, and I will show you where the only working mikve is located.
We will visit the the largest synagoge of Europe in Dohány street as I have the permission of the Hungarian Jewish Community to guide in the building, I show you the Heroes’ Temple from the outside and the monument commemorating the victims of WW2, the Martirs' Cemetery, the Righteous Among the Nations Memorial, the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, the Tree of Life and you can visit the Hungarian Jewish Museum with audioguide. Outside the complex I will show you a very interesting, mini sculpture of Herzl Theodor.
We will see the synagogue in Rumbach street from the outside only as it is still under reconstruction. I will tell you the stories how people could survive this terrible period and we will discover a memorial of Carl Lutz who saved a lot of Jewish people. We will stop in an authentical Jewish café where you can taste a traditional Jewish cake.
Memorial about German occupation at Szabadság square
This memorial is highly disputed from the beginning of its construction, you will hear the history and also we will discover the "Living memorial" which was initiated by the citizens.
"Glass House" in Vadász street
We will continue to the „Glass house”, which was a remarkable place, served as hiding place for about 3000 Jews saved by Carl Lutz, the Consul of Switzerland in late 1944 and also the centre of the underground Zionist organization in Hungary. The house is open only from 13 until 16 pm daily.
„Shoes Memorial” on Danube Bank
We take down to the „Shoes Memorial on Danube Bank" near the Parliement. This composition reminds us that 3,500 people, 800 of them Jews were shot into the Danube during the time of the Arrow Cross terror. The sculptor created sixty pairs of period-appropriate shoes out of iron. The shoes are attached to the stone embankment, and behind them lies a 40 meter long, 70 cm high stone bench.
IMPORTANT: the Dohány and Kazinczy synagogues and the Hungarian Jewish Museum are closed on Saturdays and Jewish religiousand Hungarian national holidays. If you share your requested visiting date with me, I will check availability for you.
Information: Men should not enter the synagogue without covering their heads, kippha is provided at ticket entrance. Sleeveless tops, short skirts or shorts are not appropriate for entry.
Discover Budapest with me, a certified personal guide.
We can start at any time convenient for you.
I can pick you up at your hotel if it is located in the city centre.
Important to know before you go:
The Big Jewish Tour will be a light continuous walking for up to 6 hours.
As it is a private tour we can stop or have a short break if you feel tired.
Tours will go under all weather conditions. In case of rain the main stops can be modified accordingly.