Budapest has a large Jewish community estimated around 60,000 – 100,000. The once thriving community of Hungarian Jews suffered terrible losses in WW2. The memories of losses as well as the beauties of the once prospering community are special gems in the capital of Hungary.
Budapest – Synagogue (photo by Alistair Howard)
Budapest has an amazing Jewish heritage, with lots of attractions (synagogues, statues, stumbling stones, museums, etc.), which are well worth a visit.
There are several Jewish tours in Budapest varying in length, price and what the tours include:
Jewish Budapest Sightseeing Tour: 3 hour guided tour, including visit and entrance fees to the major downtown Jewish heritage sights, such as the Great Synagogue Budapest in Dohany Street, the nearby Jewish Museum, the Jewish Cemetery (located in the backyard of the Great Synagogue, also part of the Jewish Ghetto) and the Holocaust Memorial. The tour ends at the Orthodox Jewish Center of Budapest in the Jewish Quarter, which boasts several Kosher and non Kosher Jewish restaurants and quirky bars. Hotel pickup is included in the tour price.
Jewish Heritage Tour in Budapest: the in depth Jewish heritage tour of approx. 4 hours including the visits to 3 Jewish synagogues (the visit inside the Great Synagogue of Budapest by Astoria Square, the orthodox Jewish Synagogue in Kazinczy Street, the status quo Jewish Synagogue in Rumbach Sebestyen Street), a guided tour in the Hungarian Jewish Museum, the Jewish Cemetery, the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial, the Tree of Life Holocaust memorial, the Carl Lutz Memorial, the Gozsdu Courtyard (venue of the GOUBA markets). The tour ends with a Flodni, a traditional Jewish layered pastry and a discount voucher for a kosher lunch.
Jewish Short Tour in Budapest: this Jewish Budapest tour is only about 1.5 hours, and of course does not provide such a comprehensive guide as the above Jewish heritage tours. But if you are on a short Budapest break, and just want to see the Great Synagogue, the Hungarian Jewish Museum, the Tree of Life Holocaust Memorial and the Raoul Wallenberg Park, it is an ideal option. The price of the short Jewish tour is also favourable considering that practically half of the tour cost is for the entrance fees.
Shoes on the Danube – Joisey Showaa Photography
The Jewish Walking Tours typically include visits to the second biggest synagogue in the world, the Central Synagogue in Dohany Street Budapest, the birth place of Theodore Herzl (right next to the Synagogue), entry to the Jewish Museum, walks in the Jewish Quarter of Budapest, where many Jews still live (see the Budapest Jewish Festivals page for further info).
Yet, you can take a walk to some more Jewish Budapest attractions (see the map below), such as the Shoes on the Danube Holocaust memorial (probably the best Holocaust memorial in the world we thin), the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Obuda Synagogue, the Budapest Stumbling stones (Stolperstein), the Medieval Jewish Prayer House in the Buda Castle Budapest, etc.
Here is a screenshot of the Budapest Jewish Attractions Map (interactive google map) that may help you to plan your itinerary:
Budapest Jewish Attractions Map
Further Jewish sights to visit: Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, Shoes on the Danube Promenade, the Graveyard of the Martyrs, Rumbach street Status Quo Ante Synagogue, the Orthodox Synagogue in Kazinczy Street, and many more (see the map link below)