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Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

1. Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

Skip the lines and head straight to the security check with a guide to start your tour of the Great Synagogue. Visit the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard, and the Jewish Museum. Honor Holocaust victims at the Emanuel Tree in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park. Take a guided tour to hear about the history and architecture of the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world, as well as the fate of the Hungarian Jews before and after WWII.  Then use your ticket to enter the Hungarian Jewish Museum next to the Synagogue. Admire its red and yellow brick facade combining Romantic style with Moorish elements. Learn about the life of the Jewish people in Hungary through everyday objects.  See the famous Emmanuel Memorial Tree in the Synagogue's backyard. Admire this magnificent weeping willow's small metal leaves engraved with a name of a Holocaust victim and plaques honoring non-Jewish rescuers.  Then, finish your visit the graveyard in the backyard of the Heroes’ Temple, the burial site of those who died in the ghetto during WWII.

Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour with Tower Access

2. Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour with Tower Access

Meet your English-speaking tour guide in front of Saint Stephen's Basilica and start your guided tour inside the church. Built in the 2nd half of the 19th century, it is one of Budapest’s highlights, known for its monumental dome and beautiful Neo-Renaissance architecture. See the mysterious relic the Holy Right, the naturally mummified right hand of the first Hungarian king Saint Stephen who ruled the country in the 11th century and converted Hungarians to Christianity. Learn about the 1000 years old Christian history of a proud nation. Enjoy a guided tour inside the church to see its rich interior covered with real gold and decorated with many frescos and sculptures made by the best local artists of the late 19th century. Then, take an elevator and continue your guided tour to the panoramic terrace around the dome, an amazing lookout point above the whole of Budapest. After the guided tour you can use your ticket to enter the treasury and history exhibition of the basilica which you can explore at your own pace. If the church cannot be visited because of an unforeseen special ceremony, you will be compensated with a guided tour in the treasury and history exhibition where you will learn about the history of the building and about Cardinal Mindszenty the brave leader of the Catholic church who was tortured and imprisoned during the Communist regime.

Jewish Budapest: 3-Hour Small Group Tour with Historian

3. Jewish Budapest: 3-Hour Small Group Tour with Historian

Discover one of the most popular areas of inner Pest. The 7th district is where Jewish culture has bloomed for over 200 years and today hosts the largest and most active Jewish community of Eastern Europe. As a highlight of the tour, visit the Rumbach Street Synagogue and discover the neighborhood of the Dohány Street Synagogue, which is the largest in Europe and one of the largest synagogues in the world.  Walk through the Jewish Quarter, on the streets of the former Ghetto, which hosts synagogues, monuments, kosher restaurants, and kosher shops. Hear local stories of this neighborhood and about Budapest. During your walk, visit the Carl Lutz Memorial, dedicated to one of the Righteous Among the Nations, who is also known as Hungary’s Schindler. Then pass by the lively Gozsdu Passage and visit the Rumbach Street Synagogue, built in 1872 by Viennese architect Otto Wagner. Apart from the largest Synagogue of Europe, and the other two most important Synagogues, hear local tips about the ruin pubs and nightlife. Learn about the street art and other secrets of Elizabeth Town.

Budapest: Kazinczy Synagogue Entrance Ticket with Extras

4. Budapest: Kazinczy Synagogue Entrance Ticket with Extras

With this entrance ticket, discover the Kazinczy Street Synagogue in Budapest at your own pace. Marvel at the brightly and naturally lit synagogue's interior before tasting Hungarian Jewish kosher dishes at the next door restaurant, Hanna Garden, if you choose the optional extras. Head right to the heart of Budapest, to the former Jewish Ghetto, to visit the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, which opened in 1913. The synagogue is considered Europe’s most outstanding Orthodox Jewish house of worship and is one of the most significant Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) monuments in Hungary. Learn about how the synagogue is protected as a national monument by the Hungarian State. Marvel at its walls and ceilings decorated with bright, stained mosaic windows that let in cascades of natural light,— making it one of the most beautifully illuminated synagogues in Europe. Learn about Hungarian Jewish culture from another perspective: from its culinary side. Combine your visit to the synagogue with one of the optional extras by trying Hungarian Jewish dishes in the glatt kosher restaurant Hanna Garden, next to the synagogue.

Budapest: Inner City Parish Church and Tower Entry Ticket

5. Budapest: Inner City Parish Church and Tower Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in 2,000 years’ worth of history at the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, located on the Pest side of the Elisabeth Bridge. Enjoy the stunning views of the bridge from the church. Ascend the tower in a glass elevator and enjoy a 360-degree panorama from the top. Admire the church’s combination of architectural styles including Roman, Gothic, and Baroque. Learn about the legends surrounding the Contra Acquincum Fortress, which is said to lie beneath the church and was once a strategic point of the Roman Empire. Hear about the lives of iconic Hungarian historical figures such as St Gellért, who was thrown down in a barrel in the 11th century and was buried at the church. You will also learn about when the church was used as a mosque Turkish occupation of Hungary, and the building's numerous renovations and reconstructions since then.

Budapest Private Jewish Walk

6. 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.

Budapest Private 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

7. Budapest Private 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

Learn about the past and present of Jewish Budapest on a tour that will help you gain a better understanding of the city's Jewish heritage. During this 3-hour guided sightseeing tour you’ll see the most important Jewish monuments in the Hungarian capital and visit the world's second-largest synagogue. Take a walk with your guide through the former Jewish ghetto, visit the Dohány Street Synagogue, and tour the interior of the Jewish Museum. Afterwards you’ll see the famous Tree of Life, Temple of Heroes, and the Cemetery in the Jewish Garden. Following this short walk you’ll stop to enjoy coffee and cake at a local pastry shop, before the tour ends in the Jewish Quarter.

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4.3 / 5

based on 153 reviews

Es gibt jede Stunde Führungen in Deutscher Sprache die sehr informativ sind. Diese beginnen in der Synagoge. Wir haben den Fehler gemacht und zuerst auf eigene Faust das Areal besichtigt und dann die Führung mitgemacht. Sehr empfehlenswert aber auch ziemlich ergreifend.

Unfortunately I didn’t take the guided tour and I really wish I would have. There was so much information I feel that I missed out on. It was extremely interesting and emotional for me

Ακριβό εισιτήριο αλλά αξίζει το γεγονός ότι περιλαμβάνεται ξενάγηση σε διάφορες γλώσσες. Είναι πολύ καλά οργανωμένοι. Είχε ενδιαφέρον.

This was clutch to have during a busy time & pricing was better. This is a must do & see activity in Budapest.

I was very lucky that it was only myself and Julia during the guided tour, and she was very welcoming