Jewish Heritage
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Budapest hosts the largest Jewish population of Eastern and Central Europe. The flourishing and vibrant Jewish life is evident about the city. The tour includes a visit to District 7, known as the Jewish quarter, with the Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum.

You will also visit the Heroes’ Cemetery and the Holocaust Memorial as well as the most well-known, Jewish sites of Budapest. The in-depth tour takes you to houses in the former ghetto and to special passages in the basement of the Great Temple. There you will see the Rumbach Synagogue, the Status Quo Ante temple.

Jewish Heritage

You visit the Orthodox block including Kazinczy Orthodox Synagogue and the community building with their kosher stores. After then, you are invited to lunch in one of the local Jewish restaurants.

The capital had been nicknamed to be ‘Judapest’ in the late 19th century, because of the significance of it Jewish population, which was big enough and rich enough to construct the largest synagogue in Europe. Unfortunately WW II reduced the proportion of Jewish citizens from 4.5 percent to 1 percent, which remains a vibrant community.

During your visit you can meet a Rabbi and participate in a private prayer.

You will cook a dinner with the locals, seeing their lives now.

Jewish Heritage

There are many ways to help the local community. You may be active in preserving the Jewish heritage of Hungary, including the rehabilitation of ancient Jewish graves in the cemetery. An extended stay offers the chance to see the Holocaust Memorial Center. A former synagogue houses the Holocaust Museum and a collection of the names of the Hungarian Jews who perished in the war. The black marble wall has over 200,000 inscriptions and we are anxious for any information on more.

The interactive exhibition offers a unique view of the Hungarian Holocaust. You can follow the lives of four Jewish and one Roma family, from the turn of the century until the end of the war. Their stories are personal and touching. You see the nature of racism and anti-Semitism and its consequences.

Following the visit in the museum, you are taken to a special neighborhood where you walk along the route of the righteous gentiles and chat with one of the brave saviors on Gellert Hill, which stands next to the Statue of Liberty. This part of the city housed the Swedish Embassy, and the Clement Nurses Convent, where thousands of Jews hid  during the Nazi rule. Every house, every building has a story.

Forget sight-seeing, this is real sight-doing! 

The Jewish Budapest Tour features:

  • Great Synagogue
  • Tree of Life
  • Shoes Memorial
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Meeting The Rabbi
  • Judapest
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Talmud Torah
  • Danube Speedboat