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Budapest Jewish Tours

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a Jewish tour in Budapest. I've looked at Viator, but unfortunately, they don't offer tours while we're there (Sept. 23-25). If possible, we'd be interested in a private tour (I've contacted Rick Steve's recommended Budapest-based tour guides George Farkas and Anna Lénárd, but I haven't heard back from them yet). I've also contacted Tímea Tarjáni from the Budapest Jewish Walk website, but I haven't heard back from her either. Hotel pick-up would be a big plus, too! Thanks so much for your input!

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One of the reasons you might not find a Jewish tour on those days is because the 23rd is the Sabbath and the 24 & 25 are Yom Kippur, the holiest days for Jews.

The Great Synagogue is closed for tours those days.

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On other dates I would look here: https://jewishtourhungary.com/en

Another option is Andrew Illes. He does Jewish history tours, but neigher he nor his collegues are Jewish so they will be working those days. But the most you will get are wonderful long walks through interesting neighborhoods with stories of the past and glipses of the outsides of a half dozen or so fairly magnificient synagogues. +36 70 365 4577
budapesttours@gmail.com www.guideinbudapest.freeweb.hu Finally, get a guide book like the DK Eyewitness Guide to Budapest and walk it yourself. Very easy.

Since we havent done well on the Jewish District tour topic, lets talk about something else you said, "Hotel pick-up would be a big plus, too!" Okay, maybe if the puropose is to walk with the guide to the Jewish District (or sites outside the district) so you get a little more guiding and explination. Let me try and explain my point of view of the city. For almost ancient architecture held "in memoriam" go to Prague. For glistening empire attitude and dead things under glass that reflect on the glory of a past empire, go to Vienna. For common life, in many ways frozen in time, from about 1880 until 1940 you visit Budapest.

Within the inner two thirds of the city you can walk block after block after block of typical neo-classical and neo-renisance residential and commercial and govenrmental neighborhood. Endless. Most of it unrestored since Russian occupation. Most of it still serving its original function. Change a very few things, and you could believe you were still in 1900 Europe. This is why every week if you walk through town you can find someone filming a movie. In the movies Budapest has stood in for every 1900 vintage capital in Europe.

So get out and walk, take the trams and the busses. You can not get lost and if you are afraid you will, load the City Taxi app on your phone. Like Uber, it knows where you are and with a push of a button comes and gets you.

Spin around and look
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5093925,19.0694469,3a,75y,110.25h,87.46t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLn0KQLPEj8fhQk66fC5iFg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?authuser=0&entry=ttu

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Opera+ABC/@47.5038251,19.0575913,3a,75y,125.56h,85.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s76wUh9eTaWvpiOw3HuWI1g!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m6!3m5!1s0x4741dc6c83fb7fc7:0xbcb4341faa801ecd!8m2!3d47.5033537!4d19.0576581!16s%2Fg%2F11f3n3_1cy?authuser=0&entry=ttu

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.4922099,19.0632041,3a,75y,34.31h,89.61t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1siBYKJ-fE5I1nmA3zi78Wug!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?authuser=0&entry=ttu

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Mister E, I am bookmarking these links on Google maps and will take these walks in a little more than a month. Can't wait! Thank you.

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Thank you for your replies! I wish I realized before I made our plans that Yom Kippur falls on those dates, but I'm going to try to change around our schedule. We are so looking forward to visiting Budapest! Thank you again!

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nsbtraveler, those links were totally random. I simply dropped the marker in a few locations and copied the web address. You could randomly pick almost any location in town and see similar. It's the beauty of this place.

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Well, except the first one is on Andrássy út - and you definitely need to walk there! That link opens up right to my future apartment! (I wish.)

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Guilty, I chose that one. The other 2 were random.

I always use the Google Street View before going someplace new. You can literally do your walking tour in advance.

I just noticed that the Parliament Building has an interior path so if you dont want to spend the money on the tour you can do it on Google Street View. Pretty nicely done actually. AND that got me curious. You can do it at the Opera House as well AND the Great Market Hall AND the Great Synagogue AND I suspect other landmarks

Where I ate today. They do amazing things with pig fat. You will have trouble finding more authentic Hungarian food in town.
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5142171,19.0743717,3a,75y,36.72h,87.56t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sh_1weUPlnKsSDsw-BsKRiA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?authuser=0&entry=ttu A true sign that you are at a "locals" restaurant is that the beer is under 1.000 forints or if the sign above the door says Burger King.

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Let us know if you are able to change the dates. Would be worth the effort as you will be in one of the most significant and important Jewish (and Holocaust history) cities in Europe.

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Thanks, Mister E. Actually, I got in touch with Anna Lenard (RSE Budapest tour guide) who told me that only active synagogues are closed for the holiday, not museums. So, we’re going to extend our time in Budapest until Tuesday so we can visit those sites. Can’t wait!

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That's good news, because the Dohany (Great) Synagogue, Rumbach Synagogue and I am pretty certain the Kazinczy utca Synagogue will be closed 15, 16, 17, 24, 25, 30. September. All important to see.

Enjoy your stay. Wave.

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I can highly recommend Tímea Tarjáni for a tour of the beautiful city, she is very knowledgable about the local Jewish history plus a nice person to spend time with!

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I did the Guru Walks "Jewish Ghetto and WWII" tour back in May. It was excellent. They work on tips. My husband and I learned a ton about Jewish life in Budapest. We visited on the outside the synagogues in the area because they were closed or in use. I believe you can hire the Guru Walk guides privately too. We went on two different walks with their guides and they were both excellent.

Despite using a cane and having mobility issues, I found Budapest and its public transportation easy to navigate so it may not be necessary for a hotel pickup. We stayed at the Hotel Moments.