Kazinczy Street Synagogue
The synagogue was constructed in 1913 by the Löffler brothers, destroyed during World War II, and rebuilt in the years that followed. Now this temple welcomes visitors to explore its elegant interior, complete with stained glass, floral-motif tiling, and extravagant chandeliers.
You pay a small entry fee to visit the temple and can learn more on an included synagogue tour. If you prefer to have a guide lead the way, explore the Jewish Quarter with a District VII walking tour and enjoy an in-depth look at the area's cultural heritage. Tours often include stops at the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Central Synagogue, and the Rumbach Street Synagogue; many tours include admission to these historic worship spaces.
Things to know before you go
- You can pay the entry fee in euros, US dollars, or Hungarian forints.
- Save your appetite until after your visit; admission comes with a discount to a Kosher restaurant serving Hungarian-Jewish cuisine.
- Design fans shouldn't miss the stained glass by Miksa Róth, who also crafted the windows of St. Stephen’s Basilica.
How to get there
Although Jewish cultural tours typically include a stop at the Kazinczy Street Synagogue, it's also convenient to use Budapest's public transit system. The very walkable District VII is easily accessible by metro. Take the M1, M2, or M3 metro lines to Deák Ferenc Tér. It's a short walk to the synagogue down cobblestoned Kazinczy Street.
When to get there
The synagogue is typically open Sunday through Friday, and is closed to visitors on Saturdays and select holidays. The synagogue is open later from March through October, and closes earlier in winter. Plan to visit during the week to avoid crowds; the Jewish Quarter is a popular bar-hopping destination for university students and visitors.
Uncovering Budapest's Jewish Culture
Beyond the area's synagogues, Budapest's Jewish Quarter has several worthwhile attractions where you can learn more about Jewish history. You can explore the Hungarian Jewish Museum, visit the memorial to Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz, and stop at one of the area's kosher bakeries. Then, head toward the Danube Promenade and stop at the Shoes on the Danube sculpture, honoring those killed in World War II.
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