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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. Add Dohány Street Synagogue to your Budapest travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Budapest trip generator.
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  • . The synagogue is a beautiful building and, not being Jewish, I enjoyed learning th differences between the Orthodox and non Orthodox structure of synagogues. Our guide, Magdalena, was excellent. The...  more »
  • we were told it was the second largest in the world . a little disappointed if we had not gone on free tour we would have been in and out in 15 inutes  more »
  • Great place to visit, second largest synagogue in the world and the site is beautiful and humbling. Well worth a visit.  more »
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  • 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.
  • The entree fee is ridiculous (18€)! This is a place for believers to do their thing, why would you let them pay for that? Why would a tourist pay an entry fee? Its common knowledge that when you visit a church or other holy place you donate some money. To end with a positive note, it is a beautiful building.
  • A huge landmark. The biggest synagogue in Europe and the second biggest in the world. Ask for a guide, it worth better. The museum itself is more general. It has to be improved.
  • Decent entry price & free/provided tours in many languages. Decent security for entry. Nice, respectable ticket agents a s security guards. Pretty interior. Holocaust garden/memorial is sobering.
  • So let's be clear the building is beautiful, the guides stories and explanations are excellent but gosh this is expensive! We long hesitated to pay the 400huf asked for the visit. Indeed it is too much in our opinion. 2000huf would seem appropriate. So in a nutshell, a place to see if you are not on a budget. Otherwise save your money for something else