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Great Synagogue

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Great Synagogue.

Great Synagogue features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Budapest City Guide5-day Budapest City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • World's second largest synagogue
  • Richly decorated interior

Time required: 60 minutes

Phone: +36-1-462-0478

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
March 1 - October 31, Sun - Thurs: 10am - 5.30pm
March 1 - October 31, Fri: 10am - 3.30pm
November 1 - Februar 28, Sun - Thurs: 10am - 3.30pm
November 1 - Februar 28, Fri: 10am - 1.30pm
Saturdays: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 2000 HUF

Public transport:

  • Metro Line 2: Astoria station

Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 2.

Things you need to know:

  • The Great Synagogue of Budapest is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world (after New York); it can hold 3000 people
  • It was built between 1854 and 1859 in Moorish style but it also features a mix of Byzantine, Romantic and Gothic elements. It has a suitably lavish interior
  • Its style and form, especially the onion domes of the twin towers, much influenced synagogues' design internationally
  • The complex also includes the Hungarian Jewish Museum, a graveyard, and a Holocaust Monument, a metallic weeping willow with the names of those died in the Holocaust
  • The Jewish Museum, opened in 1931, stands on the site of the birth house of Tivadar Herzl, father of modern Zionism and mastermind of the independent Jewish State
  • In World War II, it was the center part of the Jewish ghetto. It suffered severe damages in the period, especially in the siege of Budapest
  • During Communism the ruined building became a praying place for the remainding Jewish populaton. The synagogue was reconstructed between 1991 and 1998

What to do there:

  • Admire the impressive building form the outside
  • Enter the synagogue and walk around enjoying the rich decoration

Tips & Insights:

  • The temple's acoustics make it a popular venue for concerts
  • If you would like to learn more about the synagogue take the guided tour
  • The seats on the groundfloor are for men, while the upper gallery has seats for women
  • Men have to cover their heads with a kippa. It is available to borrow

Great Synagogue features in these preplanned City Guides: