"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (George Santayana)
Discover the vast Jewish heritage of Budapest from synagogues through holocaust memorials to 'ruin pubs' during a half-day walking tour. Besides the must-see sights of the Jewish neighborhood, we will go into the details of the historical roots of Judaism in Hungary and I will cover the topic of the holocaust during WWII, too. I intend to show you a few less known gems of Budapest's Jewish culture and you will have a chance to get a glimpse into contemporary Jewish life in the city, too.
This walking tour covers the 1. 5 square mile area of Budapest's Old Jewish district.
We start the tour at the crown jewel of the city: the Grand Synagogue. We visit the building inside, together with the Winter Temple and the neighboring Jewish mass graves from 1944/45, and the unique holocaust memorials dedicated to those who saved Jewish lives.
We take a walk in the Jewish district together then. We will discover
- the smaller „hidden" synagogues;
- traditional streets, historical 19th century Jewish homes, courtyards and passageways;
- the former Jewish market;
- „ruin pubs" telling about life here during the Communist times; and
- the „new face" of the Jewish district with impressive contemporary street art.
During our walk we recall some famous Jews of Hungarian origin, too.
Finally, we proceed to the New Jewish district to the moving „Shoe Memorial" on the Danube River.
To freshen up, we sit down in one of the Jewish cafés during the tour and try "flódni" - a typical Hungarian Jewish dessert.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We start this tour in your hotel, your cruise ship port OR in front of the Grand Synagogue's Main Entrance (Dohány utca 2, Budapest), upon your choice.
End location: We will end this tour near the Parliament (Parliament Square, Budapest). I will help and explain how to get back to your hotel/cruiseship or any other centrally located address in Budapest according to your request.
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
Tour availability and duration can be affected by Jewish and other public holidays in Hungary, too. Please ask before booking.
It is walking tour covering a distance of approximately 1 mile. Local public transportation is also used during the tour.
1) My services as your Private Tour Guide
2) Entrances to the Grand Synagogue, Jewish Heritage Museum & Holocaust Memorial Park
3) Entrances to the Orthodox Synagogue
4) Hungarian Jewish dessert + one drink in a café/bar in the Old Jewish quarter
5) Public transport tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10000 Hungarian forints - For the purchase of items of a personal nature, souvernirs, etc.
N.B. Clients do not need to exchange too much local cash since credit cards, euros and US dollars are accepted almost everywhere in Hungary.
You are responsible for the purchase of items of a personal nature, souvenirs, or items that are incidental to the tour.
My tours are either light/moderate walking tours or very comfortable tours by private car/minivan. In the latter case, since I am not a driver, clean & comfortable A/C-d private cars/minivans with driver are organized for the tour.
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Nikolett's love of her country comes shining through. She is a wonderful, informative guide sharing her thorough knowledge of the subject in a warm, professional and thoughtful manner. It was a pleasure being in her company - we learned so much and cannot praise her too highly. J&A (UK)