The tour will lead you into the city’s Jewish quarter. Our first stop will be the Holy Union Temple, home to the Museum of the History of Romanian Jews. We will take our time to run throught the comprehensive exhibits showing how the Jewish community in Bucharest used to live, as well their contribution to Jewish culture. We will dive deep and try to understand how one of the most prosperous Jewish communities of Romania has been reduced due to the Holocaust, anti-Jewish violence, and emigration.
The neighborhood is one of the few areas of Bucharest that survived Ceausescu’s demolitions. You’ll 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 Theater, one of the few professional Yiddish-language theaters left in Europe dating back 140 years. It is an important part of the cultural landscape of Bucharest.
Next on our list is the newly renovated Choral Temple- the largest active synagogue in Bucharest – recently reopened to the public.
All that walking will leave us hungry, no doubt, so we’ll grab a street snack along the way: a traditional covrig, or Romanian pretzel.
For the architecture lovers among you, we’ll be seeing buildings built by a few iconic Romanian-Jewish architects, such as Marcel Iancu 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 will be 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 neighborhood.
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.
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