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
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided walking tour of Prague
Live commentary provided in English
Admission fees at Dohány Synagogue, Rumbach Street Synagogue, and Kazincky Street Synagogue
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.