Bucharest Jewish Heritage Tour

Discover the Jewish Neighbourhood

Adult
€39
Child
€20

Take a journey through the deep-rooted and often turbulent history of the Jewish community in Bucharest on this unique tour led by a knowledgeable and passionate local guide. Discover some of the city’s most significant Jewish monuments and synagogues, as well as get a chance to explore the streets of Bucharest’s charming Jewish quarter.

Tour of Bucharest’s Jewish Quarter Highlights

  • Visit one of the most beautiful synagogues in the world
  • Explore the city’s Jewish quarter, one of the most charming areas of Bucharest
  • Discover the city’s most important Jewish monuments
  • See some of the city’s eclectic architecture designed by Jewish architects, including Art Deco, Modernist, and Bauhaus-style buildings

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, entrance fees to Museum of the History of Romanian Jews and Choral Temple, traditional covrig street snack.

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule Details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: In front of Starbucks at Manuc Inn, in Piata Unirii (Unirii Square). View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point: University Square.
  • Full Itinerary
  • This Bucharest tour leads you into the city’s Jewish quarter, where our first stop is the Holy Union Temple, home to the Museum of the History of Romanian Jews. Comprehensive exhibits cover how the Jewish community in Bucharest used to live, as well as the contribution to Jewish culture. At one time Bucharest had one of the most prosperous Jewish communities, but the Holocaust, anti-Jewish violence, and emigration have significantly reduced the once-thriving population. However, the community that remains is vibrant and committed to protecting their rich heritage.

    Along the way, you discover the most important Jewish monuments that survived Ceausescu’s demolitions and learn about the people who built them. You have the chance to see the Great Polish Synagogue, one of the biggest synagogues in Bucharest and one of the most beautiful in the world. Built in the second half of the 19th century by the Jewish community, today the synagogue hosts the Holocaust Museum.

    Our tour makes a stop at the Jewish State Theatre, one of the few professional Yiddish-language theatres left in Europe. The theatre dates back 140 years and is an important part of Bucharest’s cultural landscape. We also visit the freshly renovated Choral Temple, which recently had its public reopening. This is the largest active synagogue in Bucharest.

    All that walking leaves us hungry, no doubt, so we grab a street snack along the way: A traditional covrig, or Romanian pretzel.

    Architecture lovers are happy to learn we’ll be seeing some buildings built by a few famous Romanian-Jewish architects, such as Marcel Jancu and Jean Monda. Buildings we pass run the gamut of architectural styles, from Bauhaus, to Modernist, to Art Deco.

    One of the best parts of the tour is our walk along the charming streets of the city’s picturesque Jewish quarter. No other part of the city has the nostalgic feel of this beautiful but often forgotten neighbourhood.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, entrance fees to Museum of the History of Romanian Jews and Choral Temple, and a traditional covrig street snack.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +40 722 629 540
    Email address: [email protected]

  • Reviews
  • Ms. Elisabeth C. from USA travelled on 21 Aug 2017:

    The tour was well organized, and Tudor was terrific.