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Budapest: Jewish Cuisine and Culture Walk

1. Budapest: Jewish Cuisine and Culture Walk

These days the seventh district is one of Budapest’s hippest neighborhoods, known for its quirky bars, cool cafés, hidden art galleries, and cutting-edge design shops. Before World War Two it was one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities, and it remains the center of Jewish life in Hungary today. By the early 18th century the neighborhood had become a melting pot of religions and ethnicities. During the war Jews were herded into these streets, walls were put up, and a ghetto was created where the majority of Jews survived the war. This walking tour focuses on the area’s history and culture, with a special emphasis on exploring and tasting Jewish-Hungarian cuisine in several styles. We will discuss the neighborhood’s past, including its more recent past during which many historic buildings were demolished, altering the fabric of the neighborhood. You will see the neighborhood’s four synagogues, which have long been focal points of Budapest’s Jewish society. You will also see the modern face of the district, including fabulous murals and street art, fun design shops, and great cafés. Though the neighborhood today can claim to have some of the most diverse culinary offerings in Budapest, the tour will focus on the dynamic Jewish cuisine found here. Do come hungry, as the tour will include tastings of several Hungarian-Jewish specialties which could be (depending on the day): sausages, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, Jewish eggs, cholent, roasted goose, and flódni. You’ll leave the tour with a full belly, as well as a deeper understanding of Hungary’s Jewish history, culture, and cuisine.  

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Budapest Private Jewish Walk

2. Budapest Private Jewish Walk

To start the tour, meet your private guide at a previously arranged place (your hotel, apartment, or any other spot in the city). Since it's a customized tour, the route may vary according to the meeting point, nevertheless the tour in all cases includes all of the following sights below. Most of the tour takes place in the 7th District. You will visit several attractions, starting with the Dohány Street Synagogue, the second biggest synagogue in the world. Enter the building and spend about 50 minutes there.  Guests receive a guided tour inside, and have the possibility to visit the Jewish Museum that is part of the complex. Leaving the synagogue, you will walk the small and cosy streets of the district, getting an insight into the contemporary, bohemian-artistic nature it has aquried since the 1990's. You will visit the abandoned Rumbach Synagogue, then reach Kazinczy street and visit the beautiful Ortodox Synagogue built in Art Nouveau style. During the tour you will have a stop in a typical Jewish café where guests are offered a drink, and have the chance to taste the most famous Hungarian Jewish cake (also included in the price). The tour ends at the riverside near the Parliament at the Shoes on the Danube Memorial. You will have a very authentic and detailed picture of the history of the Jewish Community in Hungary from the very beginning to the present, and will also get the chance to discover the hidden secrets apart from the main sights. The duration of the tour is 3-4 hours, but that may also vary according to your request.

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Budapest in a Day Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

3. Budapest in a Day Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

Take a fascinating full-day tour of Hungary’s capital city, and see all the sights that make Budapest so famous. Visit UNESCO World Heritage monuments, and discover hidden treasures on a tailor-made trip by luxury Mercedes or Audi vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel or private residence, explore the history and culture of the city through the eyes of a local guide. Go in search of hidden gems, alongside world-famous attractions, such as Heroes’ Square. Hear stories from Budapest’s tumultuous history, and experience the pleasant atmosphere of its beautiful parks. Go to Szechenyi Baths to marvel at Europe’s largest medicinal baths, and explore picturesque Vajdahunyad Castle. See the opulent State Opera House, and the splendid façade of St. Stephen’s Basilica. Ascend Castle Hill to look at the 700-year-old Matthias Church. Then, enjoy panoramic views from the terrace and towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion. Get a spectacular panorama of the River Danube and the Pest side at the summit of Gellert Hill. Learn the legend of Bishop Gellért, and the history of the citadel and Statue of Liberty. Transfer back to the city center to visit the largest indoor market in Budapest. Along the way, enjoy a traditional lunch, and some free time to shop. In the afternoon, explore the Jewish Quarter to see Europe’s largest synagogue. Then, transfer back to your hotel in style.

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What people are saying about Jewish Quarter, Budapest

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 142 reviews

Cristian (sorry, I’m sure I’m spelling. It wrong ) was a wonderful guide. He took us through the history of the Jewish community of Budapest with some stops in the “street art” scene, local culture and politics, and how ruin bars played a major part in the revival of the entertainment district! If you’re ever in Budapest, even for just a few hours, this is definitely the activity you should be doing.

My boyfriend and me had a private tour with Krisztián. He showed us the alternative and jewish parts of Budapest and we enjoyed the tour very much. Due to his broad knowledge we could ask a lot of questions and so there was a lot of flexibility in the structure of our tour. I really recommend this tour and the local tourguide Krisztián!

Anna our guide was enthusiastic and shared a lot of interesting details. She even guided us in places that was out of the tour. It was a really enlightening tour allowing to have a deeper insight on local's daily life. Wish we had done the tour on the first day! Despite the rain we enjoy it to the utmost!

Our guide Zsophia was very good. Very friendly, extremely helpful and knew what she was talking about. It was a very, very cold afternoon but we had pit stops inside and a proper sit down and a mulled wine/coffee in another location

Really informative adaptable polite & intelligent guide (Bolasch) Thoroughly enjoyable He made Budapest come alive!!