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Jewish Budapest Sightseeing Tour

Jewish Budapest Sightseeing Tour

Start the day with a visit to the World War II Victims Memorial in St Stephen's Park. Continue to the second largest Synagogue in the world -Dohany Street Synagogue and the Jewish Museum. Finish off your tour in a traditional Kosher restaurant.This tour is seasonal and operates from February to November only.

Jewish Budapest Sightseeing Tour


Dohány Street Synagogue

The synagogue in Dohány Street is the largest one still functioning in Continental Europe. The use of two towers with onion-shaped domes, as an architectural feature in synagogues, was employed here for the first time in Hungary; it subsequently had a major influence on the evolution of synagogue architecture in the country regions.

The plans for the synagogue were prepared by Ludwig Förster, a Viennese architect. The synagogue, built in a Romantic, Eastern style between1854 and 1859 – also incorporated Byzantine-Moorish elements. The most striking features of its exterior are the onion-domed towers and the decorative patterns of lace-like mouldings on its façade. The renovation of the synagogue was completed in 1988.

Entry to both the synagogue, and to the Jewish Museum next-door, can be effected using the same ticket.

Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest
Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest
 

The Heroes’ Church, attached to the side of the synagogue, is a memorial to the Jewish dead of the First World War. It was built in 1931, to the design of Lajós Deli and Ferenc Faragó. A memorial cemetery, to the martyrs of the Jewish Ghetto, was established in 1944, adjacent to the sides of the synagogue and the Heroes’ Church.

Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest
Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest
 

The Holocaust Memorial, erected in 1989, and the Raul Wallenberg Memorial Garden, can be found in the garden at the back of the synagogue.

The metal “Tree of Life” memorial, created by Imre Varga in the image of a willow-tree, has the name of a different martyr engraved on each of its leaves.

Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest
Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest

Attraction: The Dohány Street Synagogue (Dohány utcai zsinagóga)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, VII. district

Transport: M2: Astoria

Address: Budapest, Dohány utca 2.

Phone: 1/ 342 8949

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Web: http://www.bpjewmus.hu/

Open: Mon-Thu 10-17, Fri 10-15, Sun 10-18, Sat closed

Price: adult 1 200 HUF; student, retired 700 HUF

Guided tours: Single, with guide: adult 1600 - 2600 HUF

Student 1300 - 2300 HUF. Groups, with reservation and guided only: adult 1400 - 2100 HUF, student 1100 - 1700 HUF


Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is located in Dohány Street, in the building next to the synagogue.

The house which originally stood on this site has historic associations - Tivadar Herzl, the founder of Zionism, was born here and lived here for the first 18 years of his life. A commemorative plaque marks its former location. The museum, erected in 1932, was designed by László Vágó; it houses the Jewish Religious and Historic Collection.

Jewish Museum - Budapest
Jewish Museum - Budapest

Attraction: The Jewish Museum (Magyar Zsidó Múzeum)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, VII. district

Transport: M2: Astoria

Address: Budapest, Dohány utca 2.

Phone: 1/ 342 8949

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Web: http://www.bpjewmus.hu/

Open: Mon-Thu 10-17, Fri 10-15, Sun 10-18, Sat closed

Price: adult 1 200 HUF; student, retired 700 HUF

Guided tours: Single, with guide: adult 1600 - 2600 HUF

Student 1300 - 2300 HUF. Groups, with reservation and guided only: adult 1400 - 2100 HUF, student 1100 - 1700 HUF


Rumbach Street Synagogue

The “status-quo” synagogue in Rumbach Street was built in 1872, to the design of the Viennese architect, Otto Wagner; it is the only building in Hungary to be designed by him. Built in the Romantic style, the synagogue evidences a strong eastern influence; its two towers remind one of the minarets so characteristic of Islamic architecture.

The façade of the synagogue fronting the street consists of three sections. Behind the street-front building is the centrally focused, octagonal, domed structure of the synagogue.

Rumbach Street Synagogue - Budapest
Rumbach Street Synagogue - Budapest

Attraction: The Rumbach Street Synagogue (Rumbach utcai zsinagóga)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, VII. district

Transport: M2 Astoria

Address: Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén utca 11-13.

Rumbach Street Synagogue - Budapest
Rumbach Street Synagogue - Budapest
 


Kazinczy Street Synagogue

The city’s Orthodox Jewish congregation decided to build its own independent synagogue in 1909. Based on the designs of Sándor and Béla Löffler, the Secessionist style synagogue was completed in 1913. The façade of the synagogue which fronts onto Kazinczy Street is considered to be one of the outstanding works of Hungarian Late-Secessionist architecture.

Kazinczy Street Synagogue -Budapest
Kazinczy Street Synagogue -Budapest
 

The principal feature of this red-brick building, located on the bend of Kazinczy Street, is its main entrance; this is also the focal point for the religious symbols. Access, to the recently completed Sasz-Chevra Chapel, can be gained via the gateway leading into the courtyard located next to the synagogue.

The synagogue has continued to functions as such to this day. The Orthodox kosher Hanna restaurant is located in the building complex next to the synagogue.

Kazinczy Street Synagogue -Budapest
Kazinczy Street Synagogue -Budapest
 

Attraction: The Kazinczy Street Synagogue (Kazinczy utcai zsinagóga)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, VII. district

Transport: M2: Astoria

Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 29-31.

Kazinczy Street Synagogue -Budapest
Kazinczy Street Synagogue -Budapest
 


Medieval Synagogue of Buda

The first Jewish families settled within the precincts of Buda Castle in the middle of the 13th century, during the reign of Béla IV; they occupied the area from the former Zsido (Jewish) Gate, to the Szent György Street – earlier known as Zsido Street.  The families, who were mainly engaged in coin-minting, were forced to leave their homes during the reign of King Lajos the Great. When later allowed to return, they settled in the former New Zsido Street.

During the Middle-Ages there were two synagogues in Táncsics Street - facing each other.

The synagogue located at Numbers 21-23, is considered to have been built in the 1460’s; only a few remnants of its walls have survived for posterity.

The synagogue which stood at Number 26 Táncsics Street was probably used by the Syrian Sephardic Jews who had settled in Buda. The small, two-roomed chapel, originally probably formed part of the living quarters.

Medieval Synagogue, Budapest
Medieval Synagogue, Budapest
 

Attraction: The Medieval Synagogue of Buda (Budai középkori zsinagóga)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Buda, I. district

Transport: M2 Moszkva tér and várbusz (castle bus)

Address: Budapest, Táncsics utca 26

Phone: 1/ 225-7816

E-mail:

Web: www.btm.hu

Open: From 1 May to 31 Oct: Tue-Sun: 10-18

Price: adult: 400 HUF, student 150 HUF

Guided tours:

Permanent exhibition: The Jewish population of Buda in the Middle Ages


Synagogue of Kőbánya

Of the outer-suburban synagogues, the one in Cserkesz Street, Kőbánya, deserves special mention.

Based on the design of Richárd Schöntheil, the synagogue was ceremonially opened in 1911. The synagogue has an octagonal inner structure, with a central focus; its eastern façade is decorated with miniature turrets. The synagogue currently functions as a rehabilitation centre for alcoholics and drug patients.

Attraction: The Synagogue of Kőbánya (Kőbányai zsinagóga)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, X. district

Transport: Train: Kőbánya-Alsó

Address: Budapest, Cserkesz utca 7-9.


Synagogue of Óbuda

The synagogue located in Lajos Street, Óbuda, was built in 1821, in a Classicist style, based on the design of András Landherr. The synagogue currently functions as a television studio. 

Attraction: The Synagogue of Óbuda (Óbudai zsinagóga)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Óbuda, III. district

Transport: HÉV: Árpád-híd

Address: Budapest, Lajos utca 163


Synagogue of Újpest

The Romantic style Synagogue, in Bezeviczky Street, Újpest, was erected in 1886. It features a three-part main façade, with small side-turrets at the corners. A typical example of Hungary’s synagogue-architecture, it has authentically preserved the architectural forms of that period.

Attraction: The Synagogue of Újpest (Újpesti zsinagóga)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, IV. district

Transport: M3: Újpest-Városkapu

Address: Budapest, Berzeviczy G. u. 8.

Phone: 1/ 369-0827


School for Rabbis

The National Rabbi and Teacher Training Institution, established in 1877, can be found on the corner of Guttenberg Square. Built in the Eclectic style, it was based on the designs of Ferenc Kolbenheyer and Vilmos Freund.

Attraction: The School for Rabbis (Országos Rabbiképzõ Intézet)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Pest, VIII. district

Transport: Tram 4, 6: Rákóczi tér

Address: Budapest, Bérkocsis utca 2.

Phone: 1/ 317 - 2396

E-mail:

Web: www.or-zse.hu
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