Your private guide will meet you at your hotel and lead you to the Jewish Quarter to begin your walking tour. As you’ll learn, the Budapest Jewish Quarter is home to the largest Jewish community in Central-East Europe and thrives with an active religious, artistic and historical heritage, which you’ll get to experience on your private tour.
Your guide will explain why Jewish history has been so entwined with the history of Budapest and Hungary as a whole, explaining how Jews have played an important role in the country’s economic, cultural and political life for centuries.
Enter the Dohány Street Synagogue -- the largest synagogue in Europe and the third-largest in the world -- and gain entrance to the Jewish Museum (ticket included) to browse an important and unique collection of art from Hungary and Eastern Europe. After your self-guided exploration of these attractions, your guide will lead you through the Holocaust Cemetery, where thousands were buried during the Jewish ghetto times of WWII.
Visit Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, which commemorates Wallenberg and others who protected many of Budapest's Jews from deportation to extermination camps during WWII. Here, see Tree of Life, a sculpture commemorating the 5,000 victims of the Holocaust buried nearby, and then continue to the Heroes’ Temple, built in memory of those who gave their lives during WWI.
You’ll then switch gears to present-day Jewish history with a walk to the newly rejuvenated Jewish Quarter, which was used as a ghetto during WWII. Now home to a host of synagogues, monuments, kosher restaurants and shops, the Jewish district preserves much of its Jewish history and heritage with important memorials and synagogues. Visit the Carl Lutz Memorial, explore the interior of the Kazinczy Street Synagogue -- the center of Budapest's orthodox Jewish community -- and walk through the unique Gozsdu Courtyard.
Your tour ends here, leaving you to continue exploring the Jewish Quarter on your own with recommendations and directions from your guide.