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Budapest has a diverse and culturally rich history, and one of the best examples of this can be experienced at the Dohány Street Synagogue. Hop off your Budapest tour bus and explore one of the few surviving classic synagogues of Europe!
Built between 1854 and 1859 the Great Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagóga in Hungarian) is an essential wonder of Moorish Revival Style, representing proudly the rich, but often troubled multicultural past of Hungary’s capital. The building survived the second world war, the Holocaust, as the Dohány street was once the classic Jewish district of the city. If you are to learn more about Budapest, its Jewish heritage, a visit to this architectural wonder is a must.
Your Hop on Hop off Budapest tour will take you the nearby Astoria or City Hall stops, from there feel free to explore the area! Remember, the Dohány Street Synagogue is still a functioning synagogue, meaning any visit to this building requires you to follow a few simple rules. If you are to visit the building and its memorable museum, no shirts, hats, or revealing clothing is allowed. Bring or purchase your very own kippah at the entrance, and you are good to go! Visiting hours are between 10:00 and 18:00 from Sunday to Thursday, but do note that on Fridays the building closes earlier, around 15:00. Entry to the Synagogue is at EUR 10 (HUF 3000), however, concessions are available.
The Synagogue of Dohány Street can be reached with either the pink or the green lines. Just hop off your Budapest tour bus at the Astoria or City Hall stops, from which the landmark is a short walk away!