Dohany Street Synagogue - Budapest, Hungary

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This morning your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. Today you can explore the beauty of Central Pest.  Prior to visiting the Jewish Quarter, your guide will take you to the Budapest Market Hall. Built in the 19th century, the covered market boasts soaring metal columns, high walkways and beautiful produce shops.  More than being a place where one can purchase some handcrafted and typical Hungarian souvenirs, it’s a market where locals go to purchase their produce and meats – a meeting place for many and a place where you can enjoy authentic local flavor. 

Next, your guide will take you to the Jewish Quarter.  The highlight is a visit to the Great Synagogue (Dohany Street Synagogue), the largest in Europe (and second largest in the world) - impressive in its Byzantine and Moorish style architecture.  Today it’s still in use for Budapest’s Jewish Community.  You can visit the Jewish Museum that is part of the synagogue, and afterwards, walk over to the Holocaust Memorial.  The sculpture of a weeping willow designed in memory of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who died under the Nazis in World War II.

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Today you will have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dohany Street Synagogue.  A synagogue security official will accompany you on the tour.  Highlights today include a visit to the Groom’s Room behind the Ark of the Torah.  Today this is a library of the synagogue.  You’ll also be able to see the old pulpit before heading to the Queen’s Box on the upper circle, where you have the best view of the building. You’ll see the back of the organ, the special Torahs and the Ark of the Torah’s Curtains and the safe deposit box of the synagogue.  Afterwards, enjoy a small snack of Kosher Flodni cake along with coffee, tea or water.

From here, you can drive to Hero’s Square and see the Millennium Monument, designed to commemorate Hungary’s Millennium Celebrations in 1896, though not completed until 1929.  It marked Budapest’s high point of its development in the history of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. 

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