Dohány Street Synagogue, Budapest

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Steep yourself in Judaism and Moorish Revival architecture at Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, which can seat 3,000 people. Viennese architect Ludwig Forster built the structure between 1854 and 1859 using Islamic influences typical of North Africa and medieval Spain. The synagogue experienced significant destruction during Nazi occupation, when it was bombed and used as a German radio base and stable. However, it was restored to its original design during reconstruction in 1991 and 1998. Visit the site's Heroes' Temple, Jewish Museum, Jewish Cemetery, and Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park. Step inside to see the synagogue's spectacular interior, famous for the colorful, geometric frescoes designed by Hungarian architect Frigyes Feszl. To visit Dohány Street Synagogue and get the most from your holiday in Budapest, create itinerary details personal to you using our Budapest online day trip planner .
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  • August 17, 2017
    Due to the many Jewish holidays I succeed only at the second attempt, to visit the great synagogue of Budapest. After the ticket purchase and a security check, you will be asked to join in the language group leadership matching you. What can you expect, is often surprising! Extremely dedicated young people, mostly students, explain in detail the history of the building and tell about the different opinions and difficulties during the construction. Particularly impressive is the attached cemetery with numerous tombs from the time of the second world war. Unfortunately no longer in existence: the birth House of Theodor Herzl's immediately adjacent to the synagogue, but yet to see photographs. Also the behind the synagogue contained numerous works of art - from famous people such as Tony Curtis and others donated should not missed as well as the Museum!
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  • August 17, 2017
    After the long queue to get in plus the need to dress properly that made me had to wrap myself with a paper, I found the tour was boring and wasting money. The tour guide was boring, speaks like a lit...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Visit to Europe's largest Synagogue, which is well worth the visit. Guided tours are operating in every language included in the ticket price. I highly recommend it! PS: for women, bring something to cover your shoulders and no skirts/shorts above the knee (ditto for men's trousers).
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  • March 26, 2017
    The synagogue was high on my list of sights I wanted to see in Budapest. The building is seriously impressive from the outside and even more impressive inside. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and has a memorial museum next to it as well as graves and a weeping willow tree installation and a small garden. Tours run every 45 minute and the guides are very knowledgeable with the history of the Hungarian Jews and details about the Holocaust. Entry to the synagogue is around 18€ which includes entry to the museum next door. Photo's are allowed to be taken inside and out as well as in the museum. There is a gift shop inside where souvenirs can be bought. A must see for almost anyone interested in architecture, Jewish history, their culture or just learn more about the Jews of Hungary.
  • June 29, 2017
    Beautiful exterior and even more extraordinary interior. It was restored quite recently and has a unique blend of styles inside. Some of the style feel Ottoman, but the structure of it is quite like a church. The garden inside and holocaust memorials are poignant.
  • June 30, 2017
    Very beautiful, old moorish style synagogue. It was a very wonderful tour of this building. We had a local guide for our group that is a native of this area and could share much of its history. Would recommend. Only takes about an hour to see the whole place.
  • June 29, 2017
    The most beautiful catholic synagogue as jews said when it opened. This building is amazing knowing how fast it was build and how it lasted despite all the attacks it suffered from foreign cultures.
  • June 25, 2017
    Extremely expensive for nothing special. The architecture is wonderful, but you have to pay 15 euro to visit inside. The basilic is better and more beautiful.

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