6-Person Tour of Budapest's Jewish Quarter
- Great Synagogue of Budapest - Also known as Tabakgasse Synagogue, this Jewish house of worship is acknowledged as the world’s second largest synagogue.
- Jewish Quarter - Colorful and lively streets can be found in this pretty part of the city, where every building tells a unique story.
- Jewish Scholar/Historian Guidance - Your small group of six people or less will be led by a knowledgeable historian or Jewish scholar, who will be available to answer questions.
About This Budapest Tour
For the most part of this tour, the scene will be set in the 7th District. This district is snuggled into the core of Budapest and it is also known as Elisabethtown (Erzsébetváros). Before World War II, the 7th District was a thriving Jewish community and nowadays, the area is considered the city's heart of commercial and financial activity. A leisurely stroll down Andrassy Street will expose you to stunning Neo-Renaissance houses and palaces that are sprinkled along the avenue. You will find a mixture of trendy bars, pubs and world-famous ruins around the boulevard, which dates back to 1872.
European settlement occurred in the region towards the end of the 19th century, with a quarter of the city's population leading a Jewish lifestyle by the year 1900. Inspect ancient synagogues, prayer houses and butcher shops that were once frequented by the people of this period. Reminders of the Holocaust and its impact on Hungary are noticeable in the Jewish Quarter, despite the fact that today's community is very Orthodox. Learn about Jews and their influence on Budapest's social development when you visit the Dohany Synagogue (Great Synagogue of Budapest), all the while taking in the interesting perspective of your local guide. Enlighten yourself about Judaism practices as you peruse kosher shops, a ritual bath (mikva), and Otto Wagner's architectural masterpiece.
Jewish Presence in Budapest
Since it is home to Europe’s largest synagogue, it is no surprise that Budapest is home to a huge Jewish population. Prior to the war, approximately 20% of the city’s population was made up of Jews, with many of them facing daily discrimination for their beliefs. Business, art and science were the primary areas of trade for Hungary’s Jews, whose religion was curtailed under Communist power. In a devastating turn of events, half of Budapest’s Jewish population lost their lives in the Holocaust.
Please meet your guide in front of the Regency Suites Hotel, located at Madach Imre ter 2, near the large archway. Madach Imre is a mainly pedestrian street one block away from the major square Deak Ferenc ter, where there is a metro stop.
Bring change to buy your entry ticket to Dohany Synagogue.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 13 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
100 countries, 915 cities… limitless possibilities
All our tours are offered by expert local guides & operators
Head off the beaten path with our unique tours & activities
You can rely on our team of travel industry experts
Your order is subject to TourTrek's Booking Ticket Agreement, including all TourTrek and GoBe policies incorporated therein.
Have you been on this experience?
Write a Review
Fields marked are required.
Please enter your review.