An excellent walking tour with an introduction to the rich past of the historical Jewish quarter which is in the 7th district of Budapest, on the Pest side of the city. Abundant highlights include Europe’s largest synagogue called the Dohány street Grand synagogue, Tree of Life Holocaust memorial and the courtyard of the synagogue which has a mass grave in it, the Kazinczy street Orthodox synagogue, the Status quo ante Rumbach street synagogue and other places of the Jewish and non-Jewish daily life in the most colourful part of the city. During this walk you will learn about Jewish history in Hungary since the Hungarian tribes settled down in Europe in 896, the significant events that happened before the Second World War and about the history of the Holocaust history in Hungary. You will also learn about the culture of the most influential Jewish communities of our country along with their lives, traditions, cuisine and music.
Hungary has the largest Jewish population in East-Central Europe and the second largest synagogue in the world. It is easy to see that Jewish people have played an important role in the life of Hungary, there were many lawyers, doctors and scientists amongst them who created significant inventions and became world famous. A lot of them even made it to Hollywood and became famous actors, actresses. The tour shows you not only the religious traditions but also other cultural art-, and scientific contributions, as well as the mutuality with the Hungarian history and evolution. The Jewish quarter of Budapest is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list of sights. The tour covers the history of the largest synagogue in Europe, shows you the cemetery and the memorial garden from the outside, as well as other precious places of worship and the hidden Jewish symbols of the neighbourhood. We also pop in to the most authentic local ruin pub which is the top meeting point for party people, since nowadays the Jewish quarter is also the centre of nightlife in Budapest. The route is flat and easy to walk, this tour requires very limited physical activity. Wear comfortable shoes, warm clothes in winter and bring water and a hat in summer.
Please note that we do not go inside any synagogues or buildings on this tour, it does not include entrance because it is not free, but you could go back afterwards and pay the fee to enter. If you wish to visit the Dohány street Grand Synagogogue or the Kazinczy street Synagogue please book a fully customized private Jewish District walk with us.