The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life
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Neighbourhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
How to get there
  • Astoria • 3 min walk
  • Ferenciek tere • 6 min walk

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Semaan D. Makary
Ehden, Lebanon542 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Solo
Tucked away in the rear courtyard of the Dohany Street Synagogue is a memorial that is known by many names including The Tree of Life, The Holocaust Memorial Tree, The Emanuel Tree, and The Memorial of the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs. The sculpture was created by Imre Varga in 1991.

The sculpture commemorates at least 400,000 Hungarian Jews murdered by the Nazis and their Hungarian collaborators during World War II.

The sculpture takes the form of a silver-colored metal weeping willow tree symbolic of mourning. The tree has thousands of small metallic leaves, some of which are engraved with the names of victims of the Holocaust that were once housed in the Budapest Ghetto.

Some suggest that the weeping willow tree form also represents an upturned menorah. In front of the tree stands a tall, black pillar with two spaces that form the image of the Tablets of the Covenant. It’s believed the pebbles placed around the base of the sculpture are left in memory of those who lost their lives!
Written 6 January 2024
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Seaside09686681921
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Friends
This is beautiful and worth going there was 7 of us to go see it .. the cost was 20£ in English money .. thought it was a bit expensive for what it was but still worth going
Written 19 October 2023
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Michael U
Las Vegas, NV43,776 contributions
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May 2023 • Family
Also known as The Tree of Life it is behind the Great Synagogue that guests can view the Emanuel Tree. Designed by Imre Varga in 1991 and paid for by actor Tony Curtis for his Hungarian father the tree stands over a mass grave of Jews murdered during WWII. Metal leaves are inscribed with the names of victims.
Written 26 June 2023
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,096 contributions
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Nov 2022
Situated right behind the Great Synagogue of Budapest is the poignant Holocaust Tree of Life Memorial, designed by sculptor Imre Varga. It is said to be the hidden gem of Dohany Street. The memorial was built in honor of the 400,000 Jews who were killed by the Nazis.

As you observe the memorial, you will notice that it is constructed in the form of weeping willow symbol of mourning in the Hungarian Jewish tradition, it has the names of Holocaust victims inscribed on its leaves. The park was established in the 1990s after Hungary regained a democratic rule. The memorial was completed in 1996, thanks to the generous donation from Estée Lauder, renowned international manufacturer of beauty and skincare products.
Written 30 November 2022
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Lynne N
Thornton Cleveleys, UK10 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Solo
The entry ticket seems a bit steep at 8000 Hungarian Forint (approx £17) but I’m glad I paid it.
I’ve uploaded the opening times as I arrived at 3pm and only had 1-hour there. I could’ve done with about 30-minutes longer. So please bare that in mind when planning your visit.
The Synagogue is stunning; the guided tour was brief but informative.
The entry ticket includes access to the Jewish Museum and the smaller synagogue (both on the same site)
Tbf, if all you want to see is the Tree of Life, you can simply see it through a set of railings from the sidewalk. But, I personally preferred the whole experience.
Written 3 November 2022
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elkie17
Chicago, IL24 contributions
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Jul 2022
We had a private tour guide and went to 3 synagogues in Budapest. They were all different and all very worthwhile. The Tree of Life sculpture is breathtaking and vry memorable.
Written 3 August 2022
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William
Tampa, FL2 contributions
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May 2022 • Couples
What a great city to see, airbnb's are good, public transportation is great, spend at least 4 days here, it is well worth it !
Written 15 July 2022
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gv0410
Modiin, Israel113 contributions
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May 2022 • Family
A beautiful and modern piece full of symbolism - a menorah turned upside down, an empty set of the two tablets, and many many leaves with many names. Of people that perished but also people that survived. Showing the Jewish people will continue to survive.
Written 20 May 2022
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
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Feb 2020
In 1991 the monument of the "Tree of Life" or in Hebrew "Ha'arava Hbochiya" (The weeping willow) has been unveiled. This monument was erected in the memory of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who were murdered by the German Nazis and the Hungarian collaborators during World War II.
Located in the backyard of the Budapest's "Great Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)" The largest synagogue in Europe. The weeping willow monument is made of metal, and consists of thousands of small leaves, on each leaf the name of one of the Jews of the Budapest Ghetto who perished in the Holocaust is engraved.
The prairie symbolizes the destruction and sorrow for the communities that perished, and it is shaped like an inverted seven-branched lamp. The monument was designed by the Hungarian artist Imre Varga, and in front of it stands a tall black pillar, within which two spaces form the image of the Tablets of the Covenant.
Written 22 January 2021
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Laura PeGr
Eindhoven, The Netherlands1,367 contributions
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Jan 2020
By visiting the synagogue, you can later visit the space around it. Very nice tree to keep the memory active and not to forget the past history.
Written 27 December 2020
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