Dohány Street Synagogue - Rumbach Street - Király Street - Gozsdu Courtyard - Kazinczy Street - Vasvári Pál Street - Klauzál tér - Wesselényi utca - Dohány Street Synagogue
Time: This walk will take about 2 hours. Add 2-3 hours if you plan to visit the Great Synagogue and some of the museums.
Getting to the Great Synagogue: Take subway (M2) or streetcar No. 47 or No. 49 to Astoria, which is the nearest stop to the synagogue. Walk along Károly körút to Dohány utca, the first street on the right and you will see the synagogue.
Leg 1 - The Great Synagogue in Dohány Street
This walk starts at the largest Synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world, built between 1854 and 1859 in Moorish Revival style. The synagogue is still used by Budapest's Jewish community. The buildings and the courtyards of the Synagogue include the Jewish Museum, the Heroes' Temple, the Jewish Cemetery and the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park.
The Holocaust Memorial, a weeping willow tree (by Imre Varga) with the names of Hungarian Jews killed during the Holocaust inscribed on each leaf, is located in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, and is visible from Wesselényi Street. Also part of the memorial are four red marble plates, commemorating 240 non-Jewish Hungarians who helped save Jews during the Holocaust. Among the heroic figures were Carl Lutz, Swiss and Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomats, who rescued thousands of Jews.
Leg 2 - Great Synagogue to Rumbach Street Synagogue
Continue your walk along Wesselényi utca and turn left on Rumbach utca. The Carl Lutz Memorial will be on your right, near the corner of Rumbach utca, at 10 Dob utca, located on the wall. Half a block farther along Rumbach utca is the exquisitely beautiful Rumbach Street Synagogue. Built in 1872, patterned and painted in Islamic style, today it is more like a museum as it is not a functioning synagogue.
Leg 3 - Rumbach Street Synagogue to Gozsdu Courtyard
Continue on Rumbach utca and take a right onto Király utca. Király utca, also known as Budapest's Design Street, forms the northern border of the historic Jewish District. At 11 Király utca, you will see the entrance to Gozsdu Courtyard (Gozsdu Udvar), a long series of connected courtyards. The houses served as a passageway between Király utca and Dob utca, with apartments on the top floors, and small shops and workshops on the ground floor. Recently, Gozsdu Courtyard was converted into a modern residential complex with some great restaurants, pubs and outdoor cafés. The place comes alive every Sunday from March to October during the Gozsdu Bazaar (GOUBA), a popular weekly Sunday market. Walk through Gozsdu Courtyard.
Leg 4 - Gozsdu Courtyard to Kazinczy Street Synagogue
At the Dob utca end of Gozsdu Courtyard is the Spinoza House, a café, restaurant and theater. Continue your walk on Dob utca and take a right onto Kazinczy utca. The Orthodox Synagogue is only a short walk away on Kazinczy utca, located at No. 29-31. This Synagogue was built in 1913 in the Hungarian Art Nouveau style. There is a lively courtyard in its center.
Leg 5 - Kazinczy Street Synagogue to Vasvári Pál Street Synagogue
Turn around and walk along Kazinczy utca to Király utca. Continue your walk to Vasvári Pál utca on your left. Built in 1887 in Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaisance style, the synagogue at 5 Vasvári Pál Street is hidden in a courtyard surrounded by residential buildings. Renovated in the 1990s the synagogue and the adjacent complex is used by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement as a gathering place and school for Judaic studies.
Leg 6 - Vasvári Pál Street Synagogue to Klauzál tér
Continue your walk on Király utca followed by Kis Diófa utca until you reach Klauzál tér, the district's largest square. Take a stroll through Klauzál Square Market Hall (Klauzál téri piac), one of the five large market halls in the city. The legendary Kádár Restaurant is also located in in the square, close to the entrance of the market. It is one of those small places where homemade food is served, tables are shared and there are only a few dishes to choose from. A great spot for lunch.
Leg 7 - Klauzál tér to Dohány utca
To return to the Great Synagogue follow along Nagy Diófa utca and turn right on Wesselényi utca. At Kazinczy utca you will find the Museum of Electrotechnics and at 7 Wesselényi utca you'll find the recently renovated building of the Goldmark Hall, home to the Hungarian Jewish Archives, a concert hall and a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of Pest's former Jewish Quarter. The exhibit, called 'Rosenthal Lived Here', gives you an insight into everyday life in the Jewish Quarter through photos, personal belongings and various household items.
To return to the Great Synagogue follow along Wesselényi utca.
Places to stop for a coffee, a drink or a meal:
Printa (Rumbach utca 10)
Fröhlich Pastry Shop (Dob utca 22)
Kádár (Klauzál tér 9)
Kőleves (Kazinczy utca 41)
Kőleves Kert (Kazinczy utca 37-39)
Macesz Huszár (Dob utca 26)
Szimpla Kert (Kazinczy utca 14)
Szóda Café & Bar (Wesselényi utca 18)
Café Noé (Wesselényi utca 13)
Kuplung (Király utca 46)
Spíler (Király utca 13)
Kolor (Király utca 13)
Fausto's Osteria (Dohány utca 5)
Doblo Wine Bar (Dob utca 20)
Looking for Kosher restaurants?
Restaurant Carmel (Kazinczy utca 31)
Restaurant Hanna (Dob utca 35)
Fröhlich Pastry Shop (Dob utca 22)
Cari Mama (Kazinczy utca 28)
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Map of Jewish Quarter Walking Tour