The Tree of Life
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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
  • Astoria • 3 min walk
  • Ferenciek tere • 6 min walk
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  • Lynne N
    Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Beautiful and thought-provoking
    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.
    Traveled solo
    Written November 3, 2022
  • gv0410
    Modiin, Israel113 contributions
    Beautiful and breathtaking
    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.
    Traveled with family
    Written May 19, 2022
  • Maggi713
    Baltimore, Maryland11,936 contributions
    Symbolic Memorial
    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 November 30, 2022
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Laura PeGr
Eindhoven, The Netherlands1,241 contributions
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 December 27, 2020
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel38,238 contributions
Feb 2020
This haunting monument of a metal weeping willow, located at the back yard of the great synagogue in the Jewish quarter, commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust by the Nazis and Fascist Hungarian.
No visit to Budapest is complete without witnessing this amazing monument.
Written September 18, 2020
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
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 January 22, 2021
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elkie17
Chicago, IL24 contributions
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 August 3, 2022
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William
Tampa, FL2 contributions
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 July 15, 2022
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Sidney
Christchurch, New Zealand17 contributions
Jan 2020
We spent a fascinating, moving day here recently. An unexpected highlight was the temporary exhibition about the Budapest ghetto. Don’t rush it - it needs time.
Written January 16, 2020
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Flubylu
Cornwall, UK41 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
A beautiful place that has a feel of a church . Historic and calm yet the witness of dreadful atrocity . Dignified and moving the memorial garden so glad I went .
Written April 13, 2019
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary2,766 contributions
Feb 2020
The Life Tree of Herend was made by the famous Herend Porcelain manufacturing company. It is located in the redesigned and remade Jozsef Nador Square.
It is a porcelain sculpture. It is worth seeing!
Written February 14, 2020
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igolfCA
Williamsburg, VA1,688 contributions
Aug 2019
After our tour of the Synagogue, we went out back to see the metal willow tree memorial. They had metal leaves with names inscribed of some of the Jews that perished during the Holocaust. It was very moving and quite a striking memorial. I have never seen a memorial like this one. Well done.
Written December 5, 2019
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,420 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a truly moving memorial, many of the leaves of the willow tree carry the name of a Jew who is known to have died as part of the Holocaust. Very Moving.
Written November 26, 2019
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