Budapest has a very rich history of Jewish life, starting in the early 19th century. You will have the opportunity to learn about Jewish life, the development of different streams, the „golden age” and the times of raising antisemitism and the war, followed by the communist era, and today’s communities, and Jewish revival. We will see synagogues (we won't enter the big one, they have their own special tours), but we will enter the less known Orthodox synagogue and we'll see buildings related to them, such as the mikve (traditional bathing place), or the remains of the ghetto wall. But today, this district is a lot more than that. Not only it became the party district where thousands of young tourist come every year to discover the ruin bars, the restaurants and the small design shops, it is also reawakening its Jewish roots, and now we can see Jewish style restaurants, kosher bakery stores and pizzerias, small pastry shops with Hungarian Jewish desserts, which we will be able to have a taste of, and many other surprises wait for the visitors. I will be happy to share my story with you, and my personal experiences as a young Jew in Budapest. Please keep in mind that if you book for Saturday, or on a Jewish holiday, we will not be able to enter the synagogue, in this case I will write you before the tour to let you know if there is a holiday!
My name is Dora, I'm 32 years old, and I was born and raised in Budapest, however I lived in Israel, in Italy, and in the United States as well. I'm a psychologist and a freelance tour guide, singer, language teacher, and coordinator of a grass-root, young, Jewish community of Budapest. I have been showing around the Jewish Budapest for quite a while now, and I'm always happy to spice it up with personal stories and current events, get into exciting discussions with you, personalize the tour to your interests, and share unique little facts that you can only hear from a local.
We'll try a local Jewish cake in a very unique pastry shop.
We'll walk around the old Jewish quarter, which for a short period of history was the ghetto, we will see the main synagogues from outside, and we will enter the Orthodox synagogue and see the little "village" around it, we will see unique houses, and streets, culinary options and other surprises will wait for you on the way, but most of all, I will tell you interesting stories, and I'll be happy to customize it, according to your interests.
10歳以上の方8名まで参加できます。保護者同伴の2歳未満のお子様も参加可能です。 We'll walk inside and outside as well, so prepare for the current weather, which in winter can be rainy, or cold, in the summer quite hot.
We will enter the orthodox synagogue, so make sure you are appropriately dressed, for women that means shoulders and knees covered, if the weather is hot, it's enough to bring a scarf, and put it on there. I will also bring a few just in case.
We will spend a lot of time outside, so be prepared according to the weather. We will have a few indoor stops as well, (to warm up in the winter, or cool in the summer) and there will be chance for using the bathroom. Having a good level of English is quite important to enjoy the experience fully.