Rumbach Street Synagogue
Rumbach Street Synagogue
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Neighborhood: 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
  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út • 5 min walk
  • Deák Ferenc tér • 5 min walk
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NigriParis
Paris125 contributions
Friends
The synagogue has finally opened for visitors in the summer of 2021 after a long renovation. It should be seen now as one of Budapest's most interesting attractions: it was designed by the important Austrian architect Otto Wagner and has a magnificent interior, decorated in Moorish style. You can see a well organized permanent exhibition telling the story of the building and of the Jewish community in Hungary, besides a temporary exhibition. Definitely worth a visit, which you can combine with the famous Dohany Street Synagogue, just two blocks away.
Written August 15, 2021
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mustloveNY
London, UK187 contributions
Although it may be small, this was a stunning museum. There was a lot to learn both about the building and the Jewish community of Hungry. We really appreciated getting to see the refurbishment and while a quick visit it was a worthwhile one. Please remember if going to dress modestly (cover shoulders and chest down to the knees) out of respect for the community (they do have covers) and men will need to either wear their own head covering or use paper ones provided.
Written June 27, 2022
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Michael F
Tel Aviv, Israel598 contributions
Friends
After visiting the great synagogue (The Dohany street synagogue), you may well visit this smaller synagogue too - visiting the Rumbach street synagogue is like to immerse ourselves in the faded splendor of its glorious Jewish past.
During the Second World War its interior was,destroyed - nowadays is being restored with the greatest of care
Truly beautiful and worth the 500Hft entrance fee (1.5euros).
Written July 10, 2016
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX6,996 contributions
Couples
Just blocks from the main Budapest synagogue, the Rumbach synagogue was built in 1872 as a place of worship for the Neolog Hungarian Orthodox Jews. This sect had somewhat more moderate views than the main Orthodox group, hence the need for a separate place of worship. Its architectural style is clearly reminiscent of North African and Arabic buildings, with octagonal, minaret-style columns reminiscent of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The decorative brickwork on the outside is stunning, with carved stone and stucco work complementing the wrought iron works. The center of the façade, is decorated with double-framed windows and the two stone tablets of Moses. The interior is breathtaking, with a soaring main nave, an exquisitely decorated dome and ceilings, stained glass windows and decorative arabesques on all walls. While the building suffered extensively during World War II and has not been an active religious site for almost 60 years, it is still worth a visit. It is currently undergoing restoration, but the process has been painstakingly slow.
Written May 11, 2017
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Rhinos007
Leeds, UK2,551 contributions
As this place is being renovated we came across it on walking tour.
Evidently some property developer tried to turn into offices and got rid of Some of the synagogues internal equipment and features.
The property company evidentially went bust and the Hungarian government sold it back to the Jewish community who are restoring the internal bits of the synagogue.
Evidently a five year programme to get it back open.
Five stars given to the Jewish walking tour not as this building was part of the tour.
Written October 29, 2017
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emceeManchester
manchester, england94 contributions
Couples
I found visiting this synagogue more moving & impressive than the main synagogue nearby. There were no queues at this building but upon entering this empty shell you are aware of the building's history & internal space which was torn up & left to deteriorate. The ladies gallery is too unsafe to visit which is a shame as the height of the space is quite overpowering. A wall mounted photo of the building in its heyday is an interesting reminder of how it would have looked.
Written January 7, 2017
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ERIC B
Dodworth, UK2,148 contributions
Couples
We visited this run down synagogue as part of the Central Synagogue tour, during the Jewish district walk, this old building as seen better days, but it's easy to see that it wasn't always that way, and fortunately the future looks better as our guide informed us that it was intended to restore the synagogue to its former glory.
Do artefacts remain so hopefully they will survive for future generations, the entry fee was 500 Flt if you visit independently.
Written October 28, 2016
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SaulPittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA388 contributions
Solo
Interior is not on standard tours, but is a must-see. Not (yet) restored, but gorgeous... another monument to the murdered Jewish community life of Budapest
Written June 22, 2016
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Alexander K
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Visited the Rumbach Street Synagogue on a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter lead by tour guide Fanni. Fanni provided us with a lot of commentary regarding the synagogue's past and current functions. She also discussed the three main branches of Hungarian Jewry, comparing and contrasting these branches of practice to explain differences in synagogue architecture. I give both Fanni and the tour a 5-star rating! Make sure this is definitely on your list of things to do while visiting Budapest.
Written June 20, 2016
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Ina G
234 contributions
Solo
The Dohany street synagogue was closed so I tried this one. It is smaller but definitively beautiful, on 3 levels, and it gives you details ablut the lives of jees in Budapest
Written August 15, 2021
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