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Great / Central Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagoga)

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The world's second-largest synagogue, featuring a room that holds three thousand people, is a center for the large Jewish community of Budapest.
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Dohany utca 2-8, Budapest 1074, Hungary
District VII / Jewish Quarter
+36 1 343 0420
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 30 April 2007

beautiful grand building which was restored in the 1990's they built the museum next to the synagogue and spent a lot of money making sure the new building was built to match the existing synague so you cannot tell it was built in recent years...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 14 July 2014

The fame of the place is absolutely incomprehensible to me - treat it rather as a tourist trap than one of the highlights of your trip. The synagogue, while beautiful outside, is tiny inside compared to the other famous European ones and you can literally...More

8  Thank TigroPL
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This very large building, second largest in the world, was a good cultural experience and the free guide provided gave a comprehensive talk on the history and relevance today, very informative visit.

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First of all, the Synagogue is really impressive, unique and worth the visit! However, the price (4000 Forinth, 12,50€) is really overpriced . They offer student rates, but with our Studen ID, which says „Student ID“ in different languages on it, we did not get...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The synagogue is located in a busy section of the city. Worth the stop by, as its beautiful and if yiu can get in, even better. Great photo ops. But no more than 10-15 min max needed.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old historical building with lots of stories associated with it . Worth one visit for the above reason. Can skip if on short visit to Budapest.good photo opportunity.nice surroundings.

Thank sumeshkhanna
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful historic building in the heart of the Jewish quarter. There is a rather large charge to enter but it is definitely worth the money and effort as if you time it right, it includes a very animated tour guide in many different languages. The...More

Thank Tomkat33
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were here with another couple. After wandering around for a while, we finally did find the Great Synagogue ... and very thoroughly disappointed that it was closed. However, we were able to see the Tree of Life - behind a chain-linked...More

Thank dragon789wv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter is a professor of East European history.She told us to be sure and see this synagogue. WE went with a tour guide from Viking River Cruise . Be sure and see the cemetery and remembrance garden.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fascinating visit to the synagogue. We are not Jews so found it very educational. Highly recommend doing the guided tour, which in English was starting every hour or so when we were there and lasted about 45 minutes. Our guide Istvan was...More

Thank Lucy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Guide included in price which is great. Lots to see in and around the synagogue. Very sobering stories and photos in gallery. Loved the willow in the garden. This is a must when visiting Budapest

Thank Tuckumbo11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have time take the Jewish walking tour. If mot just check out the synagogue. Do not forget to check out the Tree of Life behind. It is a Holocaust memorial for the Hungarian Jews.

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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
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Response from Carol C | Reviewed this property |
We did the full tour in May. We met our guide at the synagogue and we were taken to the museum first where we were taken round by a guide inside. It was quite interesting . We then did the tour of the synagogue and outside... More
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Response from KerryR1264 | Reviewed this property |
They have guides who speak several languages. We just joined in the English tour and had a really intelligent guy who not only talked about the synagogue, but about all kinds of historical context. We continued to ask him... More
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Response from joannkf1234 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can but need to follow a security procedure. My husband sent a note to the email on the website and they had him send pictures of both of our passports. You need to do this in advance; I would guess several weeks