Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The world's second-largest synagogue, featuring a room that holds three thousand people, is a center for the large Jewish community of Budapest.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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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  • JordanF
    198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and educational
    You get a lot for the price, about $20. You can tour the synagogue, which is beautiful, and take the included guided tour, offered in multiple languages. You can tour the grounds, which includes a holocaust memorial anda mass grave from WWII. Also included, a smaller synagogue, the Jewish Museum and an exhibit about the murder of Hungary's Jews. This was well worth the time and the money.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Orna H
    Atlanta, Georgia21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute must see
    This is such an unusual and beautiful synagogue, and the explanation given by the guide was great. The tragedy of what happened to this community in the Second World War is an important one to learn about and understand, and is captured so beautifully in the memorial garden. Not to be missed in a visit to Budapest
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Prema_C
    Mumbai, India972 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit synagogue
    We had the best English speaking tour guide to show us around and give the history of the place. He was so into the community and it’s history. The synagogue was built in the style of a church with a podium. There were a lot of graves in this synagogue which is not usual. It is the second largest one un the world after New York and a must see in Budapest.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom65 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible synagogue steeped in history
    Incredible building with so much history. I was very touched by the stories shared. It was very busy and there were several other tours taking place whilst on our tour so sometimes it was distracting. The synagogue was very beautiful - 100% worth a visit. Men be prepared to wear a skull cap.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Fatladythatlunches
    London, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Tour
    I think your experience of this synagogue is down to the guide. Yes, the cost is high compared to other Budapest entrance fees but the full experience was great value for money. English speaking tours start, I think, at 30 minute intervals. I arrived in between tours, so latched onto the closest which was finishing up, so moved over to another guide. I believe his name was Benjamin. A 21 year old whose brother is a rabbi in New York. What a star! My knowledge of Judaism is, Im embarrassed to say, probably Ann Frank and the Holocaust! But Benjamin spoke with passion, knowledge, and wit. Blending history and rituals with modern events. I could've listened to him all day. He also took us to the museum and pointed out the more important artefacts and the outside garden. He talked about poets and leaders and made the tour really come alive. I've jotted down names which I will research when I return home. From the reviews, Im sorry to hear not everyone got as much out of it as I did, but it was certainly my Budapest highlight. Thank you Benjamin for making the tour so entertaining and instilling in me a wish to know more.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Tony B
    Winchester, United Kingdom184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent guides. Book online
    An essential visit. The guided are excellent and informative, as stated in many other reviews. One gets a good understanding of the history and layout of the synagogue and also the depressing history of the Jews under German occupation in 1944/5. The museum is also interesting with some explanations of Judaism. Essential to purchase entry online (easy) to avoid lengthy queues at the entrance.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • carolewalker31
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive building and museum.
    This is a memorial to the Jews captured and starved in the Ghetto of Budapest. It is a poignant and important site to remember this atrocity. The Synagogue itself is a building of impressive size and splendour with a tour included in your entry price.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Debbie G
    103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History explained
    This place really brings you back to earth with a bump. The history of what happened to the Jews is explained by a guide and also from detailed displays. A place of beauty and history. The cemetery is the reality of how many Jews died including all the children. A place that needs to tell the story.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • lyndawilson72
    893 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth an hour or two whilst In Budapest
    Quite pricey at 9000 Huf per adult but this get you access to museum, memorial garden and synagogue itself. Stunning building. Cemetery and memorial garden very thought provoking. Sombering to consider the Jewish history. Museum informative.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Hugo W
    London, United Kingdom422 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this!
    Whether you are Jewish or not, you should not miss the opportunity to visit this place if you are visiting Budapest. Fantastic Architecture and the Memorials give you plenty to think about. The visit is worth the entrance fee of 9,000 Ft per person.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
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Susan R
Downingtown, PA163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful place. We just walked through on our own, didn’t join a tour. There was a place to make a donation, but otherwise no fee to walk through.
Written 20 May 2024
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DenHaagTraveller
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia163 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
28 Euros to go in. Are they crazy? Such a rip off and so absolutely not worth it. I did it previously when prices were more reasonable so I know what you get. I, like many other people with me at the same time, simply walked away.
Written 18 May 2024
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Dennis M
20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Good tour included with the admission ticket purchased on site but seriously overpriced. Cost $60 for admission for two adults. Do not purchase tickets online as they are even more expensive. Worth seeing but my recommendation would be to skip the admission to the synagogue and walk around to the left side of the synagogue where you may be able to see the cemetery and continue back to see the memorial garden with the Tree of Life which can easily seen through the fencing. Check this out before purchasing your entry ticket. But if you would like to visit the inside of the synagogue and the museum just be prepared. And in the synagogue sit in the pews near the flag which designate the tour language you prefer.
Written 25 April 2024
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Fragiskos Kotsianas
Kifissia, Greece3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The ticket for 2 adults was 55euros.
The museum had only two rooms.
It was too expensive. I would not recommend it for tourists with no religious interest.
(Almost double the price of every other attraction we visited)
Written 19 April 2024
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Whizwen21
Maidstone, UK54 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Very disappointed Synagogue was not open but they still charged full price to get in £46 absolute rip off.
Avoid at all cost.
Written 16 April 2024
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Meg & Séan
East Sussex, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This synagogue is beautiful and impressive. We had a thoughtful and interesting tour from Milan (via the official website of the synagogue) and he taught us a lot of things we didn’t know from a locals perspective. Highly recommend visiting with the private tour.
Written 9 April 2024
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Vhmw
Birmingham17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Great building inside and out. Good intro with free intro by guide inside synagogue with lots of information and history shared by the guide prior to walking around. Well worth the visit, highly recommend.
Bought tickets at venue, queue not too long. No discount for advance booking.
Written 4 April 2024
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Roy
Tel Aviv, Israel51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very interesting place to visit. A must in my view, also to take the short, 40 min, guided tour to listen to the history of this Synagogue.
Written 25 March 2024
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Josie D
Arnold, MD18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
It’s a bit confusing based on the website and signage at the synogogue, but when you get there, you buy a ticket and go in. Once you’re already in, there’s a short guided tour (mostly a talk on the history of the building and a short walk to the outside). It’s an interesting history, and especially after seeing countless random old churches it feels special. I think it would be a great visit if you share a cultural connection as well
Written 24 March 2024
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Marshall H
Limassol City, Cyprus102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The huge sign on the wall outside outside says "Free Guided Tours" but there is actually a whopping admission fee of 10,800 HUF (27 euro) per person before you can access your "free" tour. Of course you dont have to pay but the advertisinng is disingenuous to say the least. There are concessionary rates for families and children, but strangely, none for seniors. The inside of the largest synagogue in europe is impressive and the brief tour was informative and well delivered but unless you have a serious interest in Hungarian Jewish history, then I would suggest that there are many better places to visit in this wonderful city and at a much lower cost. Disappointing to say the least.
Written 20 March 2024
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