Hidden Treasure Tours offers the visitors of Budapest tours that embrace vestiges of the past and give insight into the contemporary life in Budapest. An absolute must is the tour of the Budapest Jewish quarter. You can discover with us the area of the former Jewish Ghetto of Budapest, its synagogues , the cemetery, memorials and unique architecture. The three major religious wings of the Hungarian Jewry are represented here by the Jewish Triangle; learn about the Neologue, Status Quo Ante and Orthodox wings of the religion. Rigtheous Gentiles, Theodor Herzl, Hanna Szenes and Tony Curtis are also met during the tour. Explore the history, culture and religious life of a community that plays an important role in the development of multicultural Hungary.
Visit the Dohany street synagogue and the Hungarian Jewish Museum
The Dohany street synagogue of Budapest welcomes visitors throughout the whole year, see the exceptions. The options for individual visitors and groups for visiting the synagogue and the Jewish district or have a tour of Jewish Budapest can be found detailed here below.
How to book a tour? Just fill in a reservation form bellow please where you find all the necessary details or send us your request via mail.
How to pay for a tour? The tours must be prepurchased. After contacting us via email or sending a reservation form we send you our confirmation and the options for payment. You can use PayPal or purchase your tour with a credit card online (we will send you the link to our secure online payment interface) or send us a bank transfer.
What are the means of transportation used during a tour? The Jewish quarter tours are walkable. When taking a private tour extended to sights, synagogues that are outside of the Jewish district, then city public transportation is convenient and affordable or we can use also taxis or for maximum comfort we can help you have a private transfer by car, minivan or bus.
Departures & prices of the Jewish district tours
Please find the prices and other important information of the programs detailed at each tour here above.
These programs require special expertise that few professional guides possess, in order to make sure you get the maximum out of your Budapest Jewish experience please fill in a reservation form.
The Dohany street synagogue has to deal with a heavy visitor traffic daily, and there might be extremely long lines at the ticket office and also at the security checking.
Due to last minute changes in the opening hours for any reason by the synagogues, we can not take any responsibility.
The synagogues in Budapest are closed on Saturdays and Hungarian national and Jewish religious holidays. Please check your arrival date before booking a tour.
The prices include the admission tickets, where applicable. The prices in Euros and Dollars are informative only. They may vary according to the exchange rate valid for the day. The above seen prices were calculated in January 2018, with the rate 1 Euro = 300 Hungarian Forints, rounded up. Prices seen on our site are valid only until further notice. Children under 6 are free. In case of a large group of only children a special group rate will be applied. Groups get special discounts. Make a reservation.
Reserving a tour Please send us your request by filling in a form bellow (please avoid special letters from foreign alphabets)or by email (visit AT greatsynagogue.hu). Please give us the following information: type and date of tour you are interested in, number of participants, your contact information and in case of private tours please mention where you want the tour to start from (for ex: hotel, front of Dohany synagogue, etc.). We respond to your request by email about availability and give you the necessary details to proceed. You just have to confirm your reservation then. In case of any modifications, please inform us as early as possible, but at least 48 hours ahead. Due to occurring flight delays we recommend our guests not to book a tour for the day of their arrival, if possible.
Meeting point of the Jewish district tours In case of regular tours the meeting point is in front of the Dohany street synagogue main gate, before going through the security check. In case of private tours guests will be met at the meeting point specified during the reservation procedure.
Getting there Take subway M1 (yellow) / M2 (red) / M3 (blue) to Deák tér station, then walk on Károly körút towards Astoria square, or take subway M2, tram 47, 49 or bus 7, 78 to Astoria station, then walk on Károly körút towards Deák tér. The Dohány Synagogue is at walking distance from the Danube, from the downtown hotels in Pest and the pedestrian shopping street Váci utca.
It is located in the 7th district of Budapest, on the eastern bank of the Danube, the Pest side of the city, roughly between the Kiraly utca - Karoly korut - Dohany utca - and Erzsebet korut. This part of Budapest belongs to the 7th district, and bears the name of Queen Elisabeth (Sissi), hence the name Erzsebetvaros. The 7th district is one of the smallest districts of Budapest, and it hasn't changed much since World War II. Some parts of it have changed a lot, not to their best. Investers have succeeded in obtaining permissions for demolation, and construction without involving the Ministry of Cultural Heritage or the Monument Protection Directorate. Watch this short movie and understand more: Legacy For Sale - Hungary.
Many do. However, after World War II many Jews have either left the country, or those who stayed have spread around in Budapest's other districts. Another district of Budapest, where many Jews live now is along the Danube bank, on the Pest side of the city. In Hungarian it is called Ujlipotvaros, Leopold's Town in English. Many of the Swedish protected houses were in this area, one of the streets here actually bears the name of Raoul Wallenberg.
The first thing visitors notice is how empty the streets get when leaving the corner of the Dohany synagogue behind. Hollo utca, Kazinczy utca, Rumbach Sebestyen utca, Sip utca, Nagy Diofa utca, Klauzal ter, Wesselenyi and Dob utca are full of hidden treasures of the once prosperous Jewish life in this part of the town. Faded remains of former shop-advertisements, imprints of the names of Jewish craftsmen-houseowners above gates, Jewish symbols and monograms of architects and houseowners on the cast-iron railings of staircases, menora decorations on balconies and entrance gates; synagogues facing the streets (Dohany synagogue), hidden behind dwelling houses in inner courts (Vasvari synagogue), attached to the community's office block (Rumbach synagogue) and