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Budapest Tour

Suitable for Family, Group, Senior

OVERVIEW

Explore the rich past of the Jewish community of Hungary on a Jewish tour of Budapest.

Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, has a rich Jewish history spanning over 200 years. Despite the horrors of the Holocaust and the erasure of many Jewish landmarks during the communist era, Budapest’s Jewish community has managed to survive and thrive. They are one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe, and a Jewish heritage tour of Budapest is one of the best ways to meet them.

Today, Budapest offers a plethora of Jewish tours that showcase the city’s Jewish heritage and culture.

Visit the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, and the Holocaust Memorial Center, which commemorates the Hungarian Holocaust victims.

The tour also includes stops at the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, a beautiful Art Nouveau building with unique paintings and patterns decorating the interior, and the Jewish Quarter, where visitors can sample Jewish cuisine and visit shops selling Jewish art and literature.

The Jewish Historical Museum, a must-visit destination, houses a vast collection of Jewish artifacts, including ritual objects, manuscripts, and documents, and provides visitors with a comprehensive overview of the city’s Jewish heritage.

Overall, Jewish tours in Budapest offer a unique opportunity to explore the city’s rich Jewish history and culture, and to gain a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience in Hungary.

Highlights*

  • See the Dohany Synagogue, Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Raul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, the Jewish Museum and the newly renovated Rumbach synagogue
  • Visit the medieval synagogue inside the Buda Castle
  • Welcome Dinner on the Danube with Jewish Community Leaders
  • Visit The Jewish Agency supported Israeli Cultural Institute (ICI.) Meet with young adults – many of whom are alumni of MASA and Israel experience programs – and explore what commonalities and differences we have in our Jewish communal experiences.
  • Visit the Shoe Memorial on the Danube in memory of the Jews who were massacred by Fascist Hungarian militia.

*Some experiences are subject to minimum group size

Day by Day Suggested Program

Day 1
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Individual Arrivals

Meet, assist, and transfer to hotel

You will be met by a representative of our team who will guide and assist you
through the formalities, making your journey easier and more relaxing including
visas, porterage, and group arrival.

Check into the hotel followed by a free evening in Budapest.

Overnight in Budapest

Day 2
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Breakfast Briefing with a representative of the American Embassy

Walking tour of Budapest’s historic Jewish Quarter. Learn about
the community that remains active there today.

See the Dohany Synagogue, Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Raul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park, the Jewish Museum and the newly renovated Rumbach synagogue. Your guide will discuss in-depth the Jewish heritage behind the streets that we will walk including her own
family’s experience.

Lunch in the Jewish Quarter for true Hungarian Paprikash

Visit the Balint House, the only JCC in Hungary, where you will get a better understanding of
how Jewish life in Hungary continues with strength and spirit today.

Before refreshing for dinner, go to the Castle District to enjoy a piece of true
Hungarian ‘Flodni’.

Take in the magnificent view of Budapest from the Fisherman’s
Bastion, visit the medieval synagogue inside the Buda Castle, and enjoy a bit of free
time to stroll the quaint cobblestoned streets.

Welcome Dinner on the Danube with Jewish Community Leaders (Moishe House
residents, JDC Szarvas camp alumni, JA Shaliach and Masa & Birthright alumni )

Cruise past some of Budapest’s most beautiful attractions lit up at night. Enjoy a 4-
course dinner by candlelight as you are entertained with live Hungarian music.

Overnight in Budapest

Day 3
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Breakfast briefing with representative of Israeli Embassy

Start the day day paying homage to our brethren at the Shoe Memorial on the
Danube in memory of the Jews who were massacred by Fascist Hungarian militia.

After a short memorial ceremony at the shoe memorial, tour the Parliament,
the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary.

See the Memorial for Victims of the German Occupation located in Liberty Square, a
memorial that has sparked controversy and angered Jewish community organizations throughout the world.

Walk to the larger than life (literally!) statues of former US President’s Ronald Regan
and George Bush in the heart of Budapest. End the morning nearby at the Raul Wallenberg Memorial.

Lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, visit the Hero’s Square – one of the major squares in Budapest noted for its iconic Millennium Monument with statues featuring the chieftains of the Magyars. Hear the stories of these seven historic leaders.

After you can choose one of two choices:

Option One: Szentendre is a Hungarian town on the Danube River about 45 minutes
north of Budapest. It’s known for its baroque architecture, colourful houses and narrow,
cobbled streets. The main square, Fő Tér, and the alleyways around it are lined with art
galleries, museums and shops. A wonderful little town to explore and of course SHOP.

Option Two: Etyek is one of the 22 wine regions of Hungary about 30 minutes outside of
Budapest. We would meet with the Viner, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting experience
(not kosher) in a unique atmosphere.

Free for dinner

Meet for late night drinks at the Szimpla Kert Ruin bar

Overnight in Budapest

Day 4
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Breakfast and hotel check out

Meet with young Hungarian contemporary art designers of jewellery, accessories,
and clothes at the Eventuell Gallery. Peruse the impressive variety of textiles
and colors and shop directly from the artist.

After the gallery, take a walk back in time and stroll along Vaci street to the
Central Market Hall to shop the Hungarian specialities: wine, brandy, cheese,
strudel, Unikum. Meet with a Hungarian chef who will lead an
authentic Hungarian Cooking workshop including lunch.

Visit The Jewish Agency supported Israeli Cultural Institute (ICI.) Meet with young
adults – many of whom are alumni of MASA and Israel experience programs – and
explore what commonalities and differences we have in our Jewish communal
experiences.

Free Time to Shop
Closing Dinner at Carmel Kosher restaurant before departing for the airport.

 

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