Hungary - Budapest
Old Jewish Quarter
Old Jewish Quarter
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This short walk guides you through the world of a run-down, yet atmospheric, almost forgotten, but now reviving and sometimes labyrinth-like maze of little streets: the old Jewish district. This place was the lively hub of Budapest trade and commerce, of Jewish social and cultural life for centuries until the dark cloud of World War II. settled over the area. It became the scene of terror and tragedy as the Jewish ghetto was set up here. And though one of the world’s most beautiful synagogues, pretty buildings, incredible inner courtyards, emotional attachments and traces of the happy days remained here, so did the haunting memory of what happened. Perhaps due to bad conscience and partly to the socialist government’s negligence, the district was left to crumble slowly. Along the walk you will see the evidence of all this: remarkable architecture from the happy and plentiful old days, the dark memory of the Holocaust, the grey and crumbling reality of the socialist decades and the start of a revival in the form of atmospheric bars, restaurants, unique courtyard cafes, new office buildings, all piled upon each other in an eclectic mix. To find something different, something authentic, away from the main trail, or just to remember, add this walk to what is worth seeing in Budapest.
Sights in this walk:
An Impromptu Bar
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Gozsdu Courtyard - Passage of Traders
One special feature of the Jewish quarter in Budapest was its labyrinth of interconnected buildings that linke...
The synagogue on Dohany utca is among the most beautiful in the world. This monumental building, built in the ...
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