Budapest has always had a big Jewish community hence, there are a lot of amazing synagogues in the city. Foremost, we are proud of the Great Synagogue which is the biggest synagogue in Europe. We also have a lot of synagogues located in special places like in schools, in a block of flats, in a family house and even in a hospital. All of them are hidden treasures of the Jewish community. It is definitely worthwhile to discover them. Start visiting them by walking on the Pest side of the Danube!
This synagogue truly represents the size of the Jewish community in the 19th century. This Byzantine-Moorish style synagogue designed by Ludwig Förster was inaugurated in 1859. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and with its three thousands seats it became one of the largest working synagogues in the world. The conservative Jewish community prays here.
The Synagogue is also famous because Tivadar Herzl’s house used to located where the Synagogue now stands. The Great Synagogue is also referred to as the Dohány Street Synagogue.
Rabbi: dr.Róbert Frölich
Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 1.
More information: http://www.dohany-zsinagoga.hu/
Rumbach Street Synagogue
This synagogue was built in 1872 according to the architectural plans of Otto Wagner. The building is designed in the romantic style, richly decorated with Moorish elements. It served the status quo ante community. Nowadays the synagogue does not function as a house of prayer, but it often serves as a place for exhibitions.
Address: 1074 Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén utca 11.
Kazinczy Street Synagogue
This synagogue was built in 1912 in Art Nouveau style, based on the plans of the Löffler brothers. The interior is decorated with decorative stonework that supports glass windows painted by Miksa Róth. The Synagogue is located in the middle of the Jewish quarter in the neighborhood of the kosher restaurants. The orthodox community prays in this synagogue.
Address: 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 27-29.
More information: http://kazinczyutcaizsinagoga.hu/
Dessewffy Street Synagogue
The oldest orthodox synagogue was transformed from a barn in a court surrounded by downtown apartments in 1870. Seven years later the Western Railway Station was built close to the Dessewffy Street Synagogue. Because of this, the Synagogue used to be called the Porters’ Synagogue. Its main attraction is the art deco style Bimah made from white Carrara marble.
Address: 1066 Budapest, Dessewffy utca 23.
Hunyadi Square Synagogue
This synagogue was opened in 1896 and can be found on the mezzanine floor of a tenement.
Rabbi: Gábor Fináli
Address: 1067 Budapest, Hunyadi tér 3.
Bethlen Square Synagogue
Originally the building was owned by the Jewish National Institute for Deaf Mutes. Its prayer room was expanded into a synagogue in 1931 by Lipót Baumhorn. This house of prayer was built in a Neo-Renaissance style.
Rabbi: Péter Deutsch
Address: 1078 Budapest, István utca 17.
More information: http://www.bethlenter.com/
Nagyfuvaros Street Synagogue
This synagogue first opened its doors in 1922. During the Second World War the building functioned as the International Red Cross Children’s Home. This is where the first public Jewish worship occurred after the war.
Rabbi: Shmulik Glitsenstein
Address: 1084 Budapest, Nagyfuvaros utca 4.
Bérkocsis Street Synagogue
This synagogue was built in 1877. Normally only the younger generation prays here because the synagogue is located in the Budapest University of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi: István Darvas
Address: 1084 Budapest, Bérkocsis utca 2.
Vasvári Pál Street Synagogue
This hidden synagogue was built in a court in 1887. All the court apartments’ tenants were members of the Synagogue. The building was renovated in the 1990s and since then it has been owned by Chabad-Lubavits.
Rabbi: dr. Baruch Oberlander
Address: 1061 Budapest, Vasvári Pál utca 5.