Jewish Vienna: Culture, Cosmopolitanism & Crisis - 3 Hour Private Tour - Budapest

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:45 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your private tours includes a pick-up at your central hotel or flat. If need be, your guide leads you by public transport to the tour sites. We don't include metro/tram t.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Central Budapest
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

From the Middle Ages, the Jewish community in Vienna was one of Europe's largest. This 3-hour Jewish Vienna tour explores the tumultuous experiences of Viennas Jewish citizens through expulsion, genocide, and revival. Your historian guide will help you to discover the influential contributions of past intellectual and cultural icons and the fragile revitalization of Viennas Jewish community taking place today.

We begin outside the Jewish City Temple before winding through the second district to the destroyed Leopoldstdter Temple. Visiting the Nestroyhof Theater with its stunning Art Nouveau exterior, once home to Yiddish-speaking ensembles, we reflect on brilliant leaders of Viennas intellectual, political, and economic spheres from the Jewish community: Sigmund Freud, Theodor Herzl, Karl Krauss, Franz Werfel, and Gustav Mahler. Learning of the victims and survivors of Nazi genocide, we visit destroyed Ashkenazi and Sephardic synagogues and the Judenplatz Holocaust memorial.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Fully narrated tour

Know More about this tour

In the summer of 1989, the statue of Lenin in Budapests City Park was removed ostensibly for maintenance, never to return. Instead, it eventually found its way to the Statue Park, located in suburban Budapest along with other communist relics from the post-Revolution period. At the park, visitors enter through a side gate and find themselves literally walking in circles as they take in statues that once adorned the public spaces of Budapest but now have been corralled into this site safely away from the masses.

Inside, statues and memorials exist to Hungarian communists as well as Lenin, Marx and Engels. Conspicuously absent are relics from Hungarys Stalinist period. Across from the park one can find a replica of Stalins boots that serve as a memento of the 1956 revolution. This is located between two military barracks located outside the Statue Parks gates, with the entire site known as Memento Park.

The site is rich with symbolism, from the gigantic faade before the statue park, to the path one takes to examine the statues, as well as the barracks located across the street, evoking Hungarys nickname as the happiest barrack during the latter stages of the Cold War. The site, which is quite understated, stands in stark contrast to the House of Terror located in Central Budapest.

Additionally, the barracks host an astonishing exhibit on the culture and protocols of spying and surveillance during the communist era (including a training film used to indoctrinate citizen informers with English subtitles) as well as an information panorama on the fall of communism in Hungary. Your accompanying historian will meet you right in front of the Hotel Meridian on Dek Ferenc tr (Dek Ferenc Square) at 10:45 to help you get tickets for the 11 a.m. bus to Memento Park. During the 30 minute bus ride your guide begins a discussion of the regime that produced the sculptures you will encounter. The visit to the park lasts 1 and hours. After returning to Central Budapest (another 30 minutes bus ride), you sit down with your guide in an atmospheric Budapest Caf to talk through and process the weighty experience of viewing these overbearing artifacts of 20th Century totalitarianism in Europe in an intimate and thoughtful setting, over coffee and refreshments. The entire experience lasts for 3 hours and 45 minutes, from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Park are not included in the price of the tour.

Inclusions

3-hour stroll through Vienna's relevant Jewish heritage and memorial sites with a historian guide.

Exclusions

Metro fare. If you don't have a visitor pass, our guide helps you to purchase at the first station.

Entry/Admission - Stadttempel Synagogue

Entry/Admission - Theater Nestroyhof Hamakom

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Your tour guides are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, and published authors

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Austria has done an exceptional job flattening the curve of the Covid-19 virus. Most activities, gatherings and trips are allowed for locals as well as travelers. We are keeping our eye on changes in requirements and adapting our tours swiftly.

Traveler Reviews

  • 25-Oct-2022

    Annalie certainly knew her Vienna Jewish history. She gave us a quick overview at the hotel and then we proceeded to the underground train, me on my scooter and my husband on foot. We visited an old Orthadox schul guarded by police, but did not enter. We learned history of early Jewish settlers in Vienna. I bounced along the cobblestone streets and hills finding out about these early settlers and their accomplishments and their wives who entertained dukes and other nobles. We also saw a moving WW2 monument in the shape of a b library with books shelves backwards to remember those who would have no life to recall and write about. We were led to a small shop for a warm drink and ended in a grand salon for a snack worthy of our learning that day.

  • 19-Oct-2022

    My guide was very well prepared in all aspects of history. The reason im giving her 4 stars and not five is because it lacked sentiment there was more facts than storytelling and it really didn’t move me in the sad parts of history. But the guide was very well informes and made a big effort to be thorough.

  • 30-Jul-2022

    The tour with Annelie exceeded all of our expectations. She met my family and me at our hotel and gave us earpieces so that we could all hear her clearly throughout. Annelie was incredibly knowledgeable, and she tailored the tour and her remarks to keep everyone fully engaged. She had a useful binder with photos and drawings and an iPad with short vignettes to bring more of the history to life. She also honored the fact that this was a special trip for us because I wanted to see the neighborhood where my grandparents lived, which was coincidentally and conveniently near Annelie’s home. Her familiarity with the neighborhood (which would be part of the regular tour since it’s the 2nd district) made the tour even more personal. She then recommended and dropped us off at a truly local Italian restaurant (what my two teenage sons requested!) after introducing us to the staff at the restaurant. I had really high hopes and expectations for the tour because it was such an important, personal occasion and, again, they were all exceeded. Annelie made the visit even more memorable. I cannot recommend the tour more highly.

  • 05-Jul-2022

    Annelie was a terrific guide with lots of interesting stories and clearly knows Vienna and Austrian history very well. My fiancee and I had a great time with her and would highly recommend Annelie to anyone visiting Vienna

  • 04-Jun-2022

    We were impressed of her great knowledge on the subject. It was a great opportunity of being able to refresh and enlarge our knowledge on the subject. Thanks a lot