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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • A very beautiful interior/exterior. Admission is reasonable. A very enjoyable and informed tour guide who recommended other things to see in relation to Jewish community of Budapest.
  • My ticket was purchased through a disastrously disorganized tour company. My hopes of encountering an "adult in charge" were smashed to bits upon arrival. The place was overly packed, with groups encroaching upon groups. Five stars to the kindly older Jewish Holocaust survivor who explained the contents of the museum artifacts. After he left us, things swiftly returned to a minus rating. Tried to get a bottle of water at the concession stand, the woman working refused to get off of her cell phone, or even make eye contact. As a Jew, I found the staff seemed to be desecrating the memory of those who suffered in the Holocaust by using the disorganized tour as a way to beg for donations. This tour, and venue, are a "Never Again" rating from me.
  • A beautiful place to visit, if you go to Budapest, you MUST visit. Great story behind the architecture. If possible, follow a guide which is included with the entrance fee. Worth every minute and cent you pay.
  • Not worth it. The expensive price of the ticket did include a guided tour, entrance to the museum, and use of the bathroom, but the guide was grumpy, quiet, and sounded like she was reading a memorized script. It felt like a woe-is-me complaint with a lot of insertions about getting donations. I was very unimpressed. The place was also quite crowded. The museum was uninformative. Many exhibits were unlabeled, and those that were just had a white printed A4 paper explaining what the item was. I felt that anyone who wasn't already very familiar with Jewish traditions would be quite lost. The synagogue itself was an odd mixture of Moorish architecture, making it look like a mosque, and Christian architecture, making it look like a church, with Jewish elements. Don't waste your time here. Go to one of the other nearby synagogues for a much better use of your time and money.
  • The synagogue is actually a complex comprising the main synagogue, an additional synagogue, a commerorial garden and a museum. By Hungarian standards the entrance price of 4000HUF is a little steep although by European standards not so much. Also considering the size of the grounds and the staff required the cost is justified. The site's importance is not only religious but historic both in the community sense and also regarding the atrocities surrounding the war years. The interior of the main synagogue is spectacular.

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