Old Ghetto - New Soho: discover the unique atmosphere and secret stories of the district
Budapest has always been proud of the rich culture and architecture of the Jewish quarter. Jews living in our capital have always played a significant role in the flourishing of arts, trade and business.
The Budapest Jewish quarter is not limited to the Great Synagogue and to the ruin pubs. Jews have been living in the actual territory of Hungary for almost 2000 years. The most beautiful buildings and the undisclosed mysteries of Jewish history and culture are located in the city center, in the 7th district of Budapest.
During our walk we are going to see the famous "synagogue triangle" (which actually is a rectangle) including the Great Synagogue, the second largest synagogue of the world. We'll see poignant monuments commemorating the Budapest ghetto. I'd like to tell you more about how local people could survive the most terrible period of our history. Let's discover the stories and secrets hidden behind the unique atmosphere of the district filled with ruin bars, galleries and little vintage shops.
We'll start our walk at the Danube river, I'll show you the moving Shoe Memorial. After a short walk around the WW2 monuments of Liberty square we continue in Király street, the main street of the Jewish quarter filled with design ateliers and art galleries.
I'll show you around Kazinczy street, I'll take you to the Orthodox Synagogue, the Mikvah and the famous ruin bars. I'll introduce you to the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe. Let me show you around the Gozsdu Courtyard, the most famous passageway of the district which inspired many movie makers. We'll see the Rumbach Sebestyén street synagogue.
I'll show you the names in the mortar joints, a very touching monument commemorating WW2 victims of Budapest's largest university.
Please note that the temples and local museums are closed on Saturdays and Jewish Holidays.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at your hotel or agreed upon location.
End location: We return to your hotel or agreed upon location.
Duration: 4 hours
Walking, public transportation
My services as your private tour guide
Public transportation tickets (if needed)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2000 HUF - Should you wish to buy snacks, drinks, or souvenirs.
Entrance fees (optional):
- Visit inside the Great Synagogue: HUF 4000 / person
- Visit inside the Orthodox Synagogue: HUF 1000 / person
Any personal purchases or souvenirs
I'm not a driver guide. In case of driving tours I arrange for a comfortable, air-conditioned car or minivan.
As a licensed guide, I have no restrictions guiding in museums and monuments in Hungary.
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Great tour. Julia is very knowledgeable and gave interesting commentary.