Bratislava Jewish Heritage Tour.

Bratislava Jewish Heritage Tour. 

Bratislava was for centuries an important center of Jewish life. 

Jewish presence in the medieval city was regulated by the municipal charter granted to Bratislava by King Andrew III Arpád, in 1291. One section of the document stipulated that the Jews had right to reside within the city walls, elect their own mayor and pay taxes directly to the King. 

Later, the Jews were expelled from the city on several occasions, the last time in 1526. In 1599, they returned to Bratislava, but not to the town proper. Invited by Count Pálffy, they settled in a narrow zone between the castle hill and the city fortifications. 

The so-called Judengasse, a part of the area controlled by the Castle, remained the only place Jews were allowed to live until 1840. In the first half of the nineteenth century, Bratislava became an important center of Jewish learning. 

The Chatam Sofer established a famous yeshiva (rabbinic school), and at the same time his opponents in the Community opened a modern Jewish primary school. Later, there were two Jewish communities in Bratislava, the Orthodox and Neolog, each of them with its own large synagogue. 

Most Bratislava Jews were killed the Holocaust, but most of the Jewish built heritage  in the city was destroyed after the War. 

The Orthodox synagogue was demolished in 1961 and the rest of the Judengasse, along with the Neolog synagogue, was razed in 1967, when the SNP Bridge was constructed. Today, there is a small but active Jewish community in the city.  The most important Jewish site is Chatam Sofer Memorial and Synagogue with Jewish Museum.  

We provide total packages with hotel, transfers and sightseeing.

This is a sample itinerary, customized for each client. Very popular for river cruise passengers pre and post cruise to add to Danube Cruise since cruise excursions in general do not cover Jewish Heritage. Also, if you travel from Budapest to Vienna, it is a good alternative to tour Bratislava on the way with private driver and local guide.