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The Dohány Street Synagogue (or Dohány utcai zsinagóga in Hungarian), also known as the Great Synagogue or the Tabakgasse Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe, and one of Budapest’s most popular sites for tourists. While the synagogue itself is a stunning example of unique religious architecture, visitors will also enjoy exploring the attached Hungarian Jewish Museum and surrounding memorial park, both of which are included in the price of entry.
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4 Tips for Visiting the Dohány Street Synagogue

Holocaust Monument | Photo: Manny Moss CC BY-ND 2.0
The Great Synagogue is one of the most popular tourist sites in Budapest and it can be extremely busy. Go early in the morning or towards the end of the afternoon to avoid the crowds. The busiest period of each day is from 11 am to 1 pm.
Dohány Street Synagogue | Photo: Fred Romero CC BY 2.0
The tour included with a basic entry ticket takes about 45 minutes, but you’ll want to spend more time exploring the exterior areas of the synagogue by yourself afterwards. Plan to spend about 90 minutes to 2 hours seeing everything there is to see.
Wear clothing suitable for a place of worship - no shorts or skirts shorter than the knee, and bring something to cover bare shoulders. Men will be given a kippah or yarmulke to wear if they don’t have one of their own - if you can then bring a hair clip or a bobby pin to secure it.
The Jewish cemetery and Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park are peaceful areas within the synagogue grounds, and are set aside for reflection. Visitors will see memorials for Hungarian Jews killed in the Holocaust (who numbered at least 400,000) and several Righteous Among the Nations who helped to save Hungarian Jews from labor and concentration camps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I visit Dohány Street Synagogue?

The Dohány Street Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and one of the largest in the world, seating nearly 3,000 worshippers and providing standing space. It was built between 1854 and 1859 in an interesting architectural style which combines Moorish style with Gothic, Romantic, and Byzantine elements, creating a uniquely beautiful building. It was one of the few major synagogues to survive the Nazi regime and World War II, although it was occupied by German forces and used as a radio base and as a stable, before sustaining some damage from air raids and during the Siege of Budapest. Due to communist Hungary’s secular policies, the synagogue’s restoration was only able to begin in 1991, being completed in 1998. The synagogue and adjoining Hungarian Jewish Museum hold many important historical and religious artefacts relating to Jewish communities in Hungary, several of which have survived to the present day through against all odds.

What is there to see inside the synagogue and the Hungarian Jewish Museum?

The synagogue is worth a visit to see the impressive interior, which is elaborately beautiful and has some unique quirks that you wouldn’t see in other synagogues. For example, the Great Synagogue has an organ, which is highly unusual for a synagogue since the playing of musical instruments is prohibited on the Sabbath, at least in the Orthodox tradition. There are also pulpits for those delivering sermons, which is another architectural element that is more common in Christian churches, and not at all a common thing to see in a synagogue. The Hungarian Jewish Museum was founded in 1896, when it first exhibited approximately 1,500 artifacts relating to the Jewish community and its history. Visitors will see an extensive collection of Judaica, with some pieces dating back to at least the 17th century, and they’ll also be able to explore the extensive community archives.

Do we need to take a guided tour?

It’s recommended that you take advantage of the free 45 minute tour which is included with the basic entry ticket to the synagogue. Your guide will be able to provide some context for what you’re about to see and to point out the most interesting architectural elements and artifacts. Private versions of this tour are also available. If you’d like to learn more about the Jewish community outside of the synagogue, there are also tours available which combine the synagogue complex tour with a walking tour of the Jewish district. The tour takes about 2 hours and runs from Sunday to Friday at 10 am.

Can we participate in services while in Budapest?

You are welcome to join services at the Dohány Street Synagogue, which follow the Hungarian Neolog tradition. Men and women are seated separately, and you’ll need to ensure that you’re dressed appropriately for a place of worship, with no exposed shoulders or knees, and men will need to wear a kippah. No photography is allowed during services. In winter, services are held inside the smaller Heroes’ Temple as the Great Synagogue isn’t heated.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The Great Synagogue and the Hungarian Jewish Museum are open every day except Saturdays and Jewish holidays. Opening times vary, but in general the complex is open from 10 am to 5.30 pm. During summer, the complex is open until 7.30 pm.


Tickets cost 16 € for adults or 12 € for students.


Dohány Street Synagogue
Dohány utca 2.
1074 Budapest

How to get there:

The Dohány Street Synagogue can be reached by metro to Astoria station, on the M2 line, by tram numbers 47 and 49, and by bus numbers 7 and 7A.
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