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Free Jewish Quarter Tour: History, Street Art, Ruin Bars
Hi everyone! I'm George I have been doing walking tours for many years in different places. I love history, architecture, art, good food, and wine. I love meeting people from different countries and backgrounds, and showing them places that I love.
The Jewish Quarter, located in the heart of Budapest, is a vibrant and historically rich neighborhood that offers a unique glimpse into the city's Jewish history, stunning street art, and buzzing ruin bars. This district is an essential destination for anyone looking to explore the diverse cultural tapestry of Budapest.
Established in the 19th century, the Jewish Quarter was originally home to a thriving Jewish community, which greatly contributed to the city's development. The neighborhood's Jewish history can be traced back through its magnificent synagogues: Dohany Street Synagogue, Rumbach Street Synagogue, and Kazinczy Street Synagogue.
During World War II, the Jewish Quarter tragically became the Budapest Ghetto, where thousands of Jews were confined and died. Today, the area serves as a solemn reminder of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust.
Beyond its Jewish history, the Jewish Quarter is also a hotspot for contemporary street art and urban culture. Wandering through the district's narrow streets and alleys, you'll find a plethora of vibrant murals and thought-provoking graffiti that reflect both the city's past and present. Many of these artworks were commissioned as part of the Színes Város festival, which aimed to bring color and life to the city.
One of the Jewish Quarter's most famous attractions is its collection of ruin bars, which have repurposed abandoned buildings into lively, eclectic venues for socializing and entertainment. Among these, Szimpla Kert stands as the original and most iconic one. Filled with unique art installations and mismatched furniture, these bars embody the creative spirit and innovative character of the neighborhood.
The Jewish Quarter is a must-see destination for anyone interested in history, Jewish heritage, street art, and a thriving nightlife scene. It's rich past and vibrant present invite visitors to experience the stories, art, and culture that have shaped this unique district. Join me and explore the coolest part of Budapest!
My walking tour in Budapest is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for all ages and abilities, with a focus on safety, comfort, and inclusivity.
Please come to the meeting point at least five minutes before the start of the tour. We leave promptly five minutes after the indicated starting time. If you are going to be late, please contact me and we'll figure out something.
What will we visit on this tour?
Meeting point:Budapest, Városháza park, Károly krt....Budapest, Városháza park, Károly krt., 1052 Hungary
I will be standing in front of Budapest Info kiosk in Varoshaza Park with my Guru accreditation, wearing a baseball hat.
1Outside visitMadach square
The grand entrance to the Jewish Quarter. Statue of empress Elisabeth, famous Sisi.
2Outside visitRumbach Street Synagogue
When the Jewish community in Budapest divided in the second half of the 19th century, this was where the so-called status quo group worshiped. Beautiful, recently renovated building.
3Outside visitThe miniature statue of Theodor Hertzel
One of the famous small statues of Mihaly Kodolko, depicts Theodor Hertzel, the founder of Zionism, who was born in Budapest.
4Outside visitDohány Street Synagogue
The grandest synagogue in Budapest used to be the second-largest in the world. Started the so-called Neolog Judaism. There are many things to see here: the Wallenberg courtyard, the Tree of Life monument, the Temple of Heroes, etc.
5Outside visitSzimpla Kert
The oldest and coolest ruin bar in Budapest.
6Outside visitThe Memorial Wall of the Budapest Ghetto
The Memorial Wall of the Budapest Ghetto, marking one edge of the ghetto. Big map showing the Jewish Quarter and the Ghetto, and interesting old photos showing how things used to be.
7Outside visitExtra ruin bar
The only ruin bar that opens early (noon) on weekdays. Very cool place, excellent goulash.
8Outside visitMazel Tov restaurant/garden
Mazel Tov used to be a ruin bar; now it is a very popular restaurant. Beautiful garden, very nice vibe, good food.
9Outside visitClub Instant
Many different things in one location, the biggest place to party in Budapest!
10Outside visitOrthodox synagogue
The main Orthodox Synagogue in Budapest, beautiful building, next to it is the best kosher restaurant, as well as a small shop selling Jewish artifacts.
11Outside visitStreet Art
Some very cool street art, and my favorite piece.
12Outside visitKarl Lutz Memorial
My favorite monument in Budapest, dedicated to Karl Lutz, a Swiss diplomat who saved many Jewish lives in the winter of 1944.
13Outside visitGozsdu Court
Today the trendiest part of the Jewish Quarter, full of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
How much does this tour cost?
Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).
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