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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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Budapest: The Great Synagogue Ticket

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Skip the line and visit the Great Synagogue. Take a guided tour of the synagogue and its grounds. Learn about the daily life of the Jewish people in Hungary before and after WWII at the Hungarian Jewish Museum and see the Emmanuel Memorial Tree.
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Hungarian Jewish Museum & Dohány Synagogue Complex: Fast Track

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Explore Jewish history and once-hidden artifacts in Hungary's Jewish quarter
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Great Synagogue Guided Tour

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Would you like to visit the largest synagogue in Europe? On this guided tour you'll see the Jewish quarter in Budapest, where you'll get to know all of its secrets
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Budapest Private Jewish Walk

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During this walk in the 7th District Jewish Quarter of Budapest, you will learn about the rich history and the current situation of the Hungarian Jewish Community. You can also visit the three major synagogues and some of the contemporary scenes.
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Judapest - The Jewish Quarter Then & Now

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A tour focusing on the events of WWII but also celebrating the unbreakable spirit of Budapest’s famous Jewish Quarter. Tradition and progress going hand in hand.
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Expert Led Tour of Budapest's Jewish Quarter

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Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour in Budapest and learn about the Jewish History and the Great Synagogue during your visit. Budapest’s Jewish history is rich, complex, and continues to thrive today. Led by a Jewish historian, you will discover the intriguing and bustling 7th district, and visit the Great Synagogue on this small-group tour (maximum 6 participants). Entry fees paid on site.
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Budapest Jewish Customised City Walk

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Let’s walk around in the 7th District Jewish Quarter of Budapest. You will learn about the rich history of the Hungarian Jewish Community. We also show you the changes that took place in the district since the 1990s and that how it has become the bohemian quarter of the city regaining slowly-slowly its old character as well. On this tour we visit the three historical synagogues: the Dohàny street, the Kazinczy street Ortodox Synagogue and even the Rumbach Street Synagogue. We even take you down to the Shoes on the Danube  Memorial near the Parliament. We won't miss to taste our special and traditional Hungarian Jewish pastry.
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Budapest Super Saver: Jewish Heritage Walking Tour plus Danube River Lunch Cruise

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Delve into Budapest’s rich history and landscape with this Super Saver, combining two top-selling tours at a discounted price. Begin with a guided walking tour through the Jewish quarter, exploring top attractions like the Dohány Street Synagogue and Raul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park while learning about the community’s complex history. Then, take in stunning views of the city’s UNESCO-listed panorama on a 1.5-hour cruise along the Danube River, which includes a glass of Hungarian sparkling wine, wine and a Hungarian buffet lunch.
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Top Tips

1. 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.
Holocaust Monument | Photo: Manny Moss CC BY-ND 2.0
2. 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.
Dohány Street Synagogue | Photo: Fred Romero CC BY 2.0
3. 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.
4. 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:

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

Address:

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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