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A Journey through Jewish Budapest with a Historian Guide

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Highlights

  • An extensive history of Budapest's Jewish community

  • Views of the Óbuda Synagogue & Dohány Street Synagogue

  • Remains of the medieval community near Buda Castle

  • Visits to Hasidic shtiebels & Sephardicrite prayer houses

  • Insight & knowledge along the way from your historian guide

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided walking tour of Prague

  • What's included

    Live commentary provided in English

  • What's excluded

    Admission fees at Dohány Synagogue, Rumbach Street Synagogue, and Kazincky Street Synagogue

  • What's excluded

    Tram tickets

Know Before You Book

  • Please note that visitors to the Dohány and Kazinczy Synagogues are requested to have their shoulders and knees covered.

  • Maximum group size is 6 people.

  • Fees of 4,000 forint for admission to Dohány Synagogue, 500 forint for Rumbach Street Synagogue, and 1,000 forint for Kazincky Street Synagogue are payable on the day of the activity. Discounted rates for seniors are available at some locations, and your guide can assist you in purchasing tickets.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

  • Please note that the Rumbach Synagogue is closed for renovation until October 2018 and your guide will be visiting a different site with you if you travel during this period.

What you can expect

Explore the highs and lows of Jewish life in Budapest with a tour that shows you more than 1,000 years of history on your walk through the city. From medieval castles to 19th-century synagogues, your guide points out the legacy of what was one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe.

Once you meet your guide, set out to see the remains of the Jewish neighborhood that thrived next to Buda Castle Hill under Árpád dynasty rule between the 10th and 14th centuries. Visit nearby Óbuda, once a separate city and home to Jewish residents who were forbidden by law from owning property in Buda or Pest, for a look at the classicist synagogue that became a symbol the Jewish community in the 1800s.

Next, visit the Lipótváros district as you learn about the role of Hungarian Jews during Budapest's rapid modernization in the later years of the 19th century. Get a look at the Dohány Street Synagogue, one of Europe's grandest places of Jewish worship, and then visit the small prayer houses and Hasidic shtiebels that served the city's lower class.

The tour's last destination shows you the site of the ghettos in the XIII. and VII. districts, which suffered the terrors of World War II and Arrow Cross rule, along with the neighborhood of Újlipótváros that hosted the Jewish upper middle class in the interwar and postwar years. Finish the tour with a new level of insight into how these communities shaped the city.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Budapest

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Cafe Synago
  • 1a Dohány utca
  • Budapest 1074
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