This Bucharest tour will lead you into the city’s Jewish quarter, where our first stop will be 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 Jewish 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’ll discover the most important Jewish monuments that survived Ceausescu’s demolitions and learn about the people who built them. 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 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’ll also visit the freshly renovated Choral Temple, which recently had its public reopening. This is the largest active synagogue in Bucharest.
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.
Architecture lovers will be 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 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 neighbourhood.
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, 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.