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
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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.
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  • Astoria • 3 min walk
  • Ferenciek tere • 6 min walk
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  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom66 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Tony B
    Winchester, United Kingdom186 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • lyndawilson72
    902 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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Hugo W
    London, United Kingdom425 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,437 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tobacco Alley synagoge, symbol of Jewish survival in Budapest
    At first glance the building looks a bit like between a Byzantine church and a mosque. The architect Ludwig Förster believed there was no such thing as Jewish architecture and for this reason chose for a mix of elements taken from related ethnic groups, particularly Moor Arabs. Completed in 1859 in the Dohány neighborhood of Pest the synagoge served as a center of the Jewish community in the city. Severely damaged during Nazi occupation, the structure was restored to its former glory in 1991. Entrance fee to the complex 24€
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 11, 2023
  • DiDoyle
    Rugby, United Kingdom56 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Expensive! Misleading 'free' advertising
    Although worth a visit, we planned to schedule it into our day due to the large banner outside advertising 'Free guided tours all day, every day' Once there, we quickly realised there was a ticket booth & entrance cost £ 24, then you can have a free guided tour! Had we known this previously we would not have visited but having planned in into our day we did. We felt the advertising was very misleading.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 13, 2024
  • travelmom252017
    Houston, Texas244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful synagogue
    Beautiful synagogue, wood work and marble. Also on grounds is the memorial tree, with Mamés of Hungarian holocaust victims , also has a small winter synagogue (not always open for view), restrooms and gift shop. Barbie was our amazing guide
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2024
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Jane E
Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
After paying the 5,000 HUFs to get in, barely 30 mins later we were told we had to leave. Apparently it closes at 2pm on a Friday but at no time were we told this, we would not have gone in knowing we only had half an hour! My husband particularly wanted to see the holocaust museum and we thought we could look round at our leisure.
We were not even given a warning it was "leave now", he explained why but that did not help us. When we tried to speak to someone at the gate about using the ticket to return tomorrow they were not interested in fact they were extremely rude.
Personally I will not return here but I know how much my husband wanted to visit so he might.
Written January 24, 2020
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Mr_Meldrew
London, UK115 contributions
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Jan 2020
5,000 HUF each x 2 = £25.59 inclusive of tour guide. One is ushered into the synagogue, for us, after a "tour" had started and we were pointed to a row of 'pews' where there was showing a board with British Flag. The guide, who was quietly spoken, was already talking and as we were some five or six rows back we could hardly hear a word he said. In fact, had we known the german language we would probably been more able to hear the German behind us more clearly. When the talk and questions were finished we were led outside to the gardens where we were shown briefly around. Surprisingly. the tablet in memory to Sir Nicholas Winton wasn't even mentioned. We were then left to our own devices. We could return to inside but there seemed little point without a guide and we were limited to the ground floor so we visited the museum (included in the price) in order to feel that we had our monies worth. Quite frankly there is more information in our Budapest guidebook than we ever learned for an expensive entrance fee. In fact, when we did venture back into the synagogue, and now confirmed by our initial photographs, they had turned the lights out! To add insult to injury there are collection boxes dotted around expecting even more to be spent. There was no guided tour as such, we could have seen it all on our own with our guidebook. A bitter disappointment as it is a magnificent building but not at the price.
Written January 27, 2020
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UKCleopatra2013
Derby, UK142 contributions
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Feb 2020
Walking in the vicinity we realised we were near the synagogue and, as it was somewhere we definitely wanted to visit whilst in Budapest, took the opportunity to do so at this point.

After purchasing our tickets we were directed inside the synagogue and took our seats next to the sign for the English tour. We waited at least 20 minutes but the gentleman who gave us the tour was very informative. At the end he told us about the rest of the places within the complex to visit. We popped back into the synagogue itself to take some pictures (if we'd known how long we were to wait for the tour we would have taken them then) and then made our way to the downstairs holocaust exhibition. We'd only been there five minutes (we'd just read the two introductory notice boards and were literally moving into the cellar) before being told that it was closed which was extremely disappointing.

The synagogue is absolutely stunning and it is very moving to have heard from a Budapest Jew about the atrocities within the city and Hungary as a whole. I would definitely recommend visiting here but do give yourself plenty of time. Yes, we should have checked the opening times (or more specifically the closing time - it hadn't occurred to us it would close at 4pm) but we must have been there well over an hour and still didn't see a lot of it. It wasn't cheap (I don't begrudge the price) but in the circumstances we were pleased to have had a discount as we had Budapest Cards.
Written February 27, 2020
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Delilah
York, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The entrance ticket is more pricey compared to other attractions in Budapest but you do get a tour in your own language included. Unfortunately our tour guide, was really quite and not many people could her what she was on about. So decided to wait for the tour after which was done by someone else instead. The information they give you is really interesting and relevant for the place. You are allowed to take photos everywhere and there is also the museum included in the ticket. Would recommend!
Written January 10, 2020
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Calum S-S
Leeds, UK229 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
So for two adults on a basic entry tickets its £25 (all ticket holders are allowed to listen to the vocal tours that happen inside - they happen in most languages).
The ticket price is huge to enter into a place of worship, where normally it's a small donation or a small fee. And to top it off we got inside and the chandelier wasn't even on! It's dark and gloomy, theres not beautiful art or stained glass windows. It was just dull. We were inside for 10mins max!
This is a huge tourist trap.
Save your money and go get a kebab instead they're amazing in Budapest!
Written February 18, 2020
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EmArJay
Regina, Canada29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We arrived mid afternoon and paid our entry without being told the facility closed in less than one hour--not nearly enough time to tour it. We were directed to a tour and couldn't hear the guide because the group was too large. Then when we tried to enter the museum 10 minutes before closing time, we were turned away. We provided feedback to the management and were treated rudely. Even in followup communication, management did not apologize or show any interest in our situation. If you choose to visit, check the hours carefully and don't expect respectful treatment. NOT good value for the price and unfortunately, a memorable experience in a bad way!
Written May 2, 2020
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Paulmizzimalta
Island of Malta, Malta11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The building, English speaking tour and exhibits are beautiful and highly recommended however our ticket purchase experience was very disappointing.
I went to a ticket window and the girl was speaking to her colleague in Hungarian (presumably) and she completely ignored us for a long time until I couldn't take it any longer and moved to the next window after a short queue.
This did not augur well for the visit but as stated before the guide was very nice.
Written October 1, 2021
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Sally B
Brussels, Belgium785 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
Beautiful synagogue with sobering story. The English tour, while short, was very informative. I didn’t know about the attempt to assimilate by accepting numerous features of the Christian faith in the design of the building. Exhibition and museum were both well documented and very much worth the time to read the plaques. Took my 14 year old daughter and she even was reading some of the history - asked some questions about the holocaust and the founding of Israel. That in itself was worth the cost of entry.
Written January 2, 2020
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Mmcgeever
Madrid, Spain84 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Solo
I cannot rate this beautiful landmark enough. The synagogue/temple is stunning inside in both beauty and size, but the guided tour (included in the entrance price) was most memorable. We learnt about the horrors of the Jewish Hungarians trapped inside this ghetto by the Nazis during the Holocaust, the number who died and how they were buried in mass graves once the Russians arrived to ‘liberate’ them. There is an excellent display inside the grounds with photos and descriptions of what went on, plus a beautiful memorial garden recognising those who tried to save the Jewish people. An extremely moving and horrific time.
Written August 18, 2021
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kph
Amsterdam, The Netherlands85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Beautiful building, lots to take in. However it’s very expensive, we waited for the free tour which starts inside the synagogue where you wait sitting down. The guide was talking to some of the people sitting close to him and we assumed it was just a chat before the tour giving his tone of voice which was very low. Then he directed the group outside where he talked for 5 min and that was it. Very poor. You can then visit a space with lots of interesting information but since it’s indoors and small, you can’t read it all.
Written August 12, 2022
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