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Experience the rich heritage and traditional cuisine of Budapest’s Jewish Quarter on this 4-hour walking tour. Your local guide will take you to see the World War II memorials, the Dohány Street Synagogue and the shops and restaurants of the Jewish Quarter, an area that has become a popular hotspot. You’ll sit in one of the hip ruin pubs and sample authentic local dishes over lunch, getting a flavor for flodni, an apple, walnut and poppy seed pastry, as well as palinka, a fruit brandy made famous by Hungarians.

Highlights

  • 4-hour culinary and cultural walking tour of Budapest’s old Jewish quarter with an expert guide
  • Explore Budapest’s former WWII Jewish Ghetto, now an arty and food hotspot
  • See the Dohány Street Synagogue and other Jewish sites as you walk
  • Visit memorials to WWII’s Jewish victims and learn about the area’s sad history
  • Stop to sample Jewish treats such as flodni and turos taska (curd-cheese pastries)
  • Enjoy a typically Jewish lunch at a restaurant and down a kosher pálinka in a ruin pub
  • Benefit from a personalized experience on a small-group tour limited to six people

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Budapest Jewish Cuisine and Culture Walking Tour

Explore the former WWII Jewish Ghetto and enjoy the view of it's cultural buildings

Join your guide in central Budapest and head toward the Seventh District, the epicenter of the Jewish community and a hotspot with locals and visitors alike. Your guide will discuss the history of the area as you go, from its medieval roots to its transformation into a ghetto during World War II. Hear how the remaining community set the foundations for the popular scene it is today, with lively bars, restaurants and myriad tributes to its previous generations.

Continue on to see Europe’s largest synagogue, the Moorish-style Dohány Street Synagogue. You’ll pause to view important Jewish monuments from the WWII that pay homage to the millions of lives lost.

Then discover the local cuisine, stopping at eateries for savory tastes of sausage and goose crackling or sweet treats like turos taska and flodni. The exact tasting menu for your tour will vary depending on the day. After satiating your palette, you’ll explore the street art of the neighborhood and chic shops that give the area its trendy reputation.

Then it’s time for a traditional Jewish lunch. Your guide will take you to a restaurant for a hot helping of solet, a Hungarian take on bean stew, and goose soup. Your meal will also be complemented with a smooth glass of wine. After a delicious meal and good conversation, you’ll head to a coffee bar to rejuvenate, followed by some kosher pálinka at one of the city’s hip ruin pubs or a local wine bar.

After this stop your tour will conclude, and your guide will provide additional recommendations for exploring on your own.

Customer Reviews

Herbert D R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour and tour guide were both outstanding.

Charlotte R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Anna was an outstanding guide. The tour lasted about 6 hours and included stops at different synagogues, historical sites and several charning authentic Hungarian restaurants, cafes and wine bar. Eat a light breakfast because you want to be able to enjoy all of the delicious food on the tour. Note that this tour does not include a tour of the largest/oldest synagogue in Budapest with the organ so plan that separately reviewed separately by me in Tripadvisor. Enjoy!

Moira M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed this tour. It is expensive, but you get great value from an experienced and knowledgable local guide and lots of good food thrown in. We were the only two booked on the day we went, so it was in effect personalised and tailored to our interests. The history and the cultural narrative is fascinating and it was a treat to see the Orthodox synagogue complex. The entrance fee for the Great Synagogue is not included in the price, but we were so inspired by the tour that we went back to visit it on another day. And the tips about other places to visit, things to eat and books to read were much appreciated. Thank you.

Adam G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was amazing! Elza was an amazing, warm, and friendly guide who'd I recommend to anyone. She went above and beyond to show us a side of Budapest we would have missed if we hadn't gone

tim b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide Anna was terrific. Easygoing, informed and informative, fun. Learned a lot about Jewish food and culture. Food wa terrific too

Steven J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We loved it. Anna was our tour guide and she spoke in detail not only about the history of Budapest particularly Jews in Budapest and the origin of the foods all of which was excellent but she gave an irreverent insider's view of the city and country today. All in all it was an outstanding experience.

igwittel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Ana, the guide was fabulous. Information about Budapest, Hungary as well as food. Ate so much we skipped dinner.

Andreas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a treat! It ended up being just my wife and me, and our lovely guide walked us arround, rain notwithstanding, for closer to 5-6 hours than less. Great talks, a really interesting visit, good food, lots of inspiration for the rest of our four days in Budapest. We highly recommend this tour and suggest to do it on your first day, it litterally opened the gates of the city to us.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is a fantastic tour. Not only because you will eat yourself silly with delicious Jewish food, but you also get and insight into what life was like for the Jewish people. It certainly isn't all sunshine and rainbows, but it's important to know history and realize what the local people have experienced. Our guide Ana was very friendly and knowledgeable, and we had a wonderful time with her. A great way to see a different side of Budapest!

anthony

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

We were the only 2 people on the tour and the guide was really excellent and very knowledgable. She ensured that we saw everything we were interested in seeing, and went out of her way to make it a memorable experience. On the downside, the food we were given just snacks was very disappointing as none of it was particularly Jewish food and it was not very tasty so not as described when we booked the tour.

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