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Jewish Budapest with Context Travel: History, Revival, and Authentic Flavors

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The Hungarian Jewish story goes back centuries, and Jewish influence permeates the city in everything from the cuisine and the literature to the architecture and the music. To gain insight into this fascinating and deeply influential culture, we have partnered with Context Travel to create this full-day tour, which includes a three-hour guided walk followed by an authentic home-cooked meal in the home of our Jewish hostess. This tour will leave you with a good understanding of the Budapest Jewish experience…as well as a full belly.

This experience incorporates a three-hour stroll through the 7th district Jewish Quarter with Context’s Jewish expert, followed by a traditional, annotated Jewish-Hungarian meal in the home of a fabulous Jewish cook, and in the company of a Taste Hungary guide. During the walk, the Context scholar will discuss the history of this 19th-century neighborhood in Pest, exploring a time when the city was a major crossroads for intellectuals, artists, and various dynamic immigrant groups across Europe. This is the neighborhood where the Jewish presence is most felt, and in recent years it has also emerged as a burgeoning hub for home-grown contemporary design and fashion shops, cutting-edge galleries, an increasing number of restaurants and cafés, and the beloved ruin pubs. After working up an appetite, you’ll head to the home of your hostess, where a glass or two of home-distilled pálinka will be offered as introductions are made. Dinner will feature such Hungarian-Jewish dishes as foie gras, eggplant spread, roasted goose leg, roasted beef tongue with horseradish sauce, and seasonal dishes such as gefilte fish or fish aspic. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and look around our hostess’s classic apartment, filled with antiques and floor-to-ceiling shelves lined with religious books collected over the lifetime of the family. During the course of the dinner, a Taste Hungary guide will discuss the history, culture, and culinary traditions of Budapest’s Jews—both past and present. Jewish influence is strong in traditional Hungarian cooking, and the fusion of Jewish and Hungarian fare has created a cuisine that’s famous for its unique flavors and combinations.

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Learn—Gain insight into Jewish Budapest, by discussing its present and past with a local scholar. Learn about Jewish culinary traditions, dishes, and flavors.
Experience—A walk in the Jewish Quarter with a Context scholar, and an unforgettable home-cooked feast in the home of a local Jewish family.
Taste—Come hungry, since you will experience true Jewish-Hungarian hospitality! The meal will be served family-style, and will include many dishes (depending on the season). You’ll taste the home-distilled pálinka (made by your hostess), and local wine will be poured during the meal.
Walk— From the winding back streets of the 7th district to elegant Andrássy út, you will get an overview of this fascinating neighborhood, which is best explored on foot.

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This tour is available year-round—rain, snow, or shine—with the exceptions of Tuesdays, Wednesdays. On Friday, due to the Sabbath, the tour is only available beginning at 10am.

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Price: $200 per person

For larger groups, please contact us for a customized price proposal.

The Details
• Seven-hour tour; Starting times could either be 10am (with the lunch served at approximately 1:30pm) or 3pm (with the dinner served at approximately 6:30pm)
• Begins and ends at a central location in Pest (exact location details will be provided upon booking)
• This is a small group tour (which means minimum of three guests and maximum of six guests)
• The walking tour is led by a Context Travel docent, and the annotated dinner will be in the presence of a Taste Hungary food-specialized guide
• Includes the abundant home-cooked dinner (served with pálinka and wine)
• A list of our recommendations for further explorations in the Jewish Quarter is included
• Entrance to the Great Synagogue (2,500 HUF) is not included in the tour price

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