University of Jewish Studies, Budapest

University of Jewish Studies, Budapest

Opened in 1877, a few decades after the first European rabbinical seminaries had been built in Padua, Metz, Paris and Breslau, this institution – formerly known as the Rabbinical Seminary – remains one of the oldest of its kind where rabbis are graduated.

A source of pride for the university is its vast library, considered one of the most important collections of Jewish theological literature outside Israel. Just in time before the 1944 German invasion of the city, the most valuable manuscripts had been brought into an underground safe. Still, an important part of the library was seized by the Nazis and 3,000 books were dispatched to Prague, where Eichmann planned the construction of a "Museum of an extinct race" in the former Jewish quarter. Only in the 1980s were the books discovered in the cave of the Jewish Museum of Prague and brought back to Budapest in 1989.

Despite the anti-religious policy of the Communist government, the institution remained alive. Being the only place of its kind in the Eastern bloc, it had a special mission: students came from all countries of Eastern Europe, from the Soviet Union and even from Israel, to be graduated as a rabbi or cantor. They lived, partly with their families, in small simply furnished boarding rooms.

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Sight Name: University of Jewish Studies
Sight Location: Budapest, Hungary
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Budapest, Hungary

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Creating your own self-guided walk in Budapest is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Buda Introduction Walk

Buda Introduction Walk

The Hungarian capital Budapest is a relatively young city, emerged only in the late 19th century as a result of the merger of two neighboring towns - Buda on the western bank of the Danube and Pest on the eastern bank. Set on the hills, Buda represents a historic part of the city and is a home to the grand Hapsburg palace which still breathes the imperial air of old-time wealth. While in Buda -...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Ruin Pubs Tour

Ruin Pubs Tour

A truly unique attraction to the city of Budapest, ruin pubs are thriving modern establishments located inside old abandoned buildings, the inherent dereliction of their architecture adding a certain character and appeal. Inside the spots found on this self-guided tour, guests are treated to an assortment of entertainment opportunities, including, hot DJ sets, live musical acts, film screenings,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Andrassy Avenue Walking Tour

Andrassy Avenue Walking Tour

Dating back to 1870 and recognized as a World Heritage site, Andrássy Avenue is a long, wide boulevard that connects Budapest's downtown with the City Park. The entire stretch is lined with cafés, restaurants, luxury shops as well as cultural institutions, villas and palaces, all making for an eclectic mix of the new and old. Take this self guided walk to explore Budapest's most famous...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It will definitely be a pity to leave Budapest without exploring local specialty shops and bringing home something authentically Hungarian. A large number of Budapest specialty shops are found on Váci street, a pedestrian thoroughfare extending for more than 15 blocks. Follow this self guided walk to search for souvenirs, unique to Budapest, that you might like as a memento of your visit.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Pest Introduction Walk

Pest Introduction Walk

Separated from its western neighbor Buda by the magnificent river Danube, the eastern part of Bupadest, formally known as Pest, takes up almost two thirds of the Hungarian capital. Unlike hilly Buda, Pest is predominantly a flat plain with a pretty buzzing and bourgeois setting. It houses some truly magnificent architectural sights, including the Hungarian Parliament itself. In part, this is...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Budapest's Jewish Quarter is a neighborhood filled with contradictions. Despite being the smallest, this district has the highest population density. As well as being home to a conservative Orthodox Jewish community, it's an eclectic mix of hedonistic nightlife. Of all of the city's neighborhoods, it is the Jewish Quarter that tends to leave the biggest impression on visitors, so...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles

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