A slow-paced stroll through Bucharest's impressive Jewish legacy
The first documents attesting the presence of Jewish inhabitants in Bucharest go as far as the 16th century. In spite of the "hostile tolerance" it usually received, the Jewish urban community kept on growing so that by 1930 it represented 11% of the total population of Bucharest. One can imagine the huge cultural and economic impact this had on the development of the city.
Today Bucharest has a Jewish population of roughly 2000 souls.
The Jewish Bucharest Then and Now tour will try to give you a thorough understanding of what happened in the last century that dispersed this important community. The tour will take you to its major sights - both religious and secular - and will discuss in detail the nationalistic dictatorships that succeeded before, during and after World War II.
Our slow-paced walk through the most important former Jewish neighborhood will give you great insights into Romania's recent history and its approach to delicate subjects such as the Jewish and Rroma Holocaust.
The Jewish Bucharest Then & Now tour will take you to all the must-see sights of religious and historical interest such as:
- the Holy Union Temple ("Ahdut Kodesh") that nowadays is home to the Museum of the Romanian Jewish Community;
- the Great Polish Synagogue which hosts the Museum of Holocaust;
- the Jewish State Theatre that still stages plays in Yiddish ever since the 1930s;
- the beautifully restored Choral Temple, Bucharest's most impressive and active synagogue;
We will explore the remains of this important former Jewish district admiring the charming mix of Belle Epoque and modernist architecture as well as the marks of time(s) on it.
There will be plenty of time to discuss in detail any curiosity you might have regarding Bucharest.
Also if you still have the energy and will we can finish our tour by visiting the main monument commemorating the Jewish and Rroma Holocaust in Romania.
As with all my tours, this itinerary is very much flexible and can be further addapted to you particular interests
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 4 hours
It is you who will set the pace of our tour so as to best enjoy it!
That means that it can last anywhere between 3 and 5 hours, depending on your preferences but also objective conditions such as the weather.
This is designed as a slow-paced walking tour. We might occasionally use public transportation. The tour can also be adapted to include car transportation and a professional driver(please contact me for more information)
- Guiding Services
- Public Transportation Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 RON - 5 EUR/person should suffice for the entrace fee to the Choral Temple and the small donation expected for the Great Polish Synagogue.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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A highlight of our trip to Bucharest was our time touring with Silvana. She was quite knowledgeable in the history of the Jewish people of Romania. Our walking tour was at our pace, and she was more than happy to explore our interests not included in the tour. We would highly recommend her as a guide in Bucharest.