Jewish heritage tours
Budapest has the largest Jewish community in Central Europe, with an active religious, artistic and historical Jewish heritage. Through centuries the Hungarian and Jewish history has been intertwined. Hungarian Jews played and are still playing to this day an important role in the country’s economical, cultural and political life.
Since 1995 we show to Budapest's visitors the Hungarian and Jewish culture in our country. Our well trained guides have the necessary qualifications to help you understand the Jewish past and present in Budapest and in Hungary. Tours are organized in two languages (English and German). We aim to keep the sightseeing tours with small groups of guests, so that you may experience the history you can see and touch at its best.
To fit your needs we prepared two types of Jewish Heritage Tours:
- Essential tour -
The Basic Jewish Heritage Tour (2,5 hours)
Those who are short of time can take our 2,5 hour Jewish Heritage Essential Tour. The tour includes an interior visit to the Dohány synagogue, which is the largest in Europe. Read more
- Grand tour -
An expanded Jewish Heritage Tour (3,5 - 4 hours)
This tour was created for those, who would like to get an overview of the past and present of Hungarian Jewry’s and would like to understand the differences between our main religious wings. You will be acquainted with the most important chapters of the history and culture of the Hungarian Jewry during the walk in the "old-new" jewish quarter of Budapest. Read more
Meeting point for the tours:
Coordinates: 47° 29.7398' N, 019° 3.5808' E
“Jewish synagogue tour”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 9, 2013
Via Hungary Koncert Day Tours, you can book a guided visit to the Great Synagogue, the Jewish Museum and the Wallenberg museum. Depending on the time and the money you want to spend, an essential and a grand tour are available. You sure can book via other ways too but I don't know, consult trip advisor or the net. I guess the guides are independently working for
one or another internet buro.
Ask anyway for the guide named "Blonda", a very enthusiastic young business student, pretty well informed and "involved" with the jewish history of Budapest. She's very fluent in english, very friendly and has the gift to make alive what happened during world war II. Not a summary of historical places and data but a real movie bringing you back to the thirties and the forties.
During the visit to the jewish museum, guides of the museum accompany the visitors. A must
if you want to understand something of the jewish culture and reasoning and their very explicit views and insights on life and death and history. I quickly understood I will never understand them perfectly : almost another planet. Walk around with Blonda in the old jewish ghetto and
try to convince her for lunch or some beers in the many restaurants and hidden places you
can discover. A must to go.
Visited October 2013
“Expanded Grand Tour”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 19, 2013
I took the Expanded Grand Tour and Fatima my tour guide really made the history of the area come alive with small facts and anecdotes. The tour included a private tour through the Jewish Museum with a museum tour guide who was able to tailor the information on the group's existing knowledge and expand upon it. The Duhany Street Synagogue is just stunning in it's architecture and size and unlike other places, you can take pictures. The tour included entry into a synagogue that has not been restored to really see and appreciate the damage WWII and communism did to this neighborhood. And the yummy local pastry at the end of the tour was fantastic.
Visited August 2013
Subject: Jewish cultural heritage in Budapest -guide Fatima
We were very pleased with the excellent guide Fatima who has a great knowledge of jewish history. It was a honour to have her as a guide.
Jacky and Véronique Horn from Antwerp Belgium
My husband and and I took your extended tour while in Budapest. Our guide was Fatima. I can't say enough good about her. She was very well informed and pleasant. I will recommend your tour, and Fatima as a guide to all my clients that visit Budapest. Do you have similar tours in other European countries?
TPI Travel Services
We were recently in Budapest, and took a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter. Our guides were Viki and Fatima, and we would like to say that this was not only the best of several tours we did on our recent trip, but the two guides were the best we encountered. They were very well-informed, friendly, polite, and above all, they exuded a warmth which we found found lacking in many tour guides.
Vicki and Fatima brought the area to life, it was as though we could hear the voices of those Jewish people who had once lived there. We intend to recommend this tour and these two guides to friends who intend to visit Budapest.
Thank you, Vicki and Fatima for giving us a wonderful and informative experience. All the very best for the future.
Best wishes, Denny and Judy from New Zealand.
Dear Gyongyi Grigalek,
I just wanted to thank you for arranging things for us last week.
We were very impressed with the Jewish Grand Tour and with our guide, Nikki, who was absolutely charming and most interesting. We would be grateful if you would pass on to her our thanks.
We would also like to thank you for sorting out the problem with our taxi at the beginning of the tour. The young man who eventually came to pick us up was very kind and polite and got us there safely!
Once again, thank you for all your help.
With kindest regards,
A blog from our guest, Len:
Today I did something very special with my daughter, and took her for a Hungarian Jewish Heritage grand tour in Budapest. It was all on foot and took about three hours. The weather was perfect and we both enjoyed it! What an unforgettable birthday gift it was for her!......"