Budapest has the biggest Jewish community in central eastern Europe and the rich culture and heritage that comes with this. This private tour is your chance to explore the Jewish Quarter, see the main sights and hear about its history.
Highlights and Themes
- Explore Budapest with your group only with a private certified guide
- Understand the Jewish heritage of Budapest and Hungarian history
- Entry ticket to the Great Synagogue
- Entry ticket to the Jewish Museum
- Visit the Holocaust Cemetery and Tree of Life
- Walk through the diverse Jewish Quarter
- See the Shoes On The Danube Memorial
Dates & Times
Year Round – daily 10:00
except Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
Private tours can start from your accommodation depending on where you’re staying in the city. If this is not possible, the tour will start at our office listed below.
Absolute Tour Centre – 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 or in previously agreed meeting point.
Tour ends in downtown close to public transportation links.
1-2 people: 170 €, 3 people: 210 €, 4 people: 270 €
over 5 people: 60 €/person
Child discount (3 - 12 yrs): 30 €
Full Tour Description
Duration: 4 hours
The Jewish community in Budapest – the largest in Central-East Europe – has been long entwined in the city’s history. Jews played, and still play today, an important role in the country’s economic, cultural and political life, and there is a vast and still active religious, artistic and historical heritage here that’s well worth exploring.
This private tour includes an interior visit to the Dohány Street Synagogue – the largest in Europe – and a ticket to the fascinating Jewish Museum which sits in its grounds and which has an important and unique collection of art pieces from Hungary and Eastern Europe.
We’ll also pay our respects in the Holocaust Cemetery where thousand were buried during the ghetto times; and the Raul Wallenberg Memorial Park with its Tree of Life which was created to remind us of those who perished in the war. We also pass by the Heroes Temple, which was built in memory of those who gave their lives during WWII.
Then, to understand how the Jewish community has evolved into the present, we’ll take a walk through the fast-gentrifying Jewish Quarter, which was used as a ghetto during the WWII and is now one of the most vibrant parts of the city.
We’ll check out its synagogues, monuments, kosher restaurants, and shops, before arriving at the Carl Lutz Memorial where we will walk through the gate of the ghetto on Madach Square. We use public transportation to reach the conclusion of our tour: the moving memorial Shoes On The Danube Bank. The sixty pairs of shoes commemorate the victims were shot into the Danube during WWI.
Due to the restrictions set by the synagogue, our guides are not allowed to fully guide or talk loudly inside. Guides will give an introductory talk before entering the synagogue and be on hand throughout the visit to answer questions discreetly. Please wear modest clothing (covering shoulders and thighs) when visiting the Synagogue. Male visitors can not enter with a bare head.
Private English speaking guide, entry fees to Great Synagogue and Jewish museum, public transport during the tour.
Food and beverages except where noted, transport from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.