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Vienna and Budapest Field Trip

Spring Break 2024 – Jewish Studies Field Trip March 7-17, 2024Picture of Archduke Karl Hapsburg on the Heldenplatz with the Hofburg Palace in background. (Vienna, Austria)

The new Jewish Studies program at A&M is offering an immersive field trip that explores the historical, cultural, and religious significance of Vienna and Budapest within the context of Jewish heritage.

The trip aims to deepen students’ understanding of Jewish history, traditions, and contributions to these vibrant European capitals and to present examples of innovative forms of Holocaust memorialization in Central Europe.

Participants will visit important Jewish heritage sites, museums, synagogues, and engage in academic discussions to foster a holistic appreciation of the Jewish experience in Vienna and Budapest.

Memorial in Vienna, Austria entitled Keys Against Forgetting. A glass case containing 462 keys, each with a name tag, set in the ground.


  • Jewish cooking demonstration
  • Exclusive tours with museum curators
  • Workshop in Jewish music in the historical city temple
  • Sigmund Freud apartment museum
  • Day trip to Mauthausen concentration camp memorial
  • Waltz lessons
  • Tour innovative types of Holocaust memorials
  • See the rebirth of Jewish life in Central Europe

 The Széchenyi Chain (suspension) Bridge spanning the River Danube between Buda and Pest in the evening.

Included: accommodation, breakfast, some meals, ground transportation, entrance to museums and site visits, group flight from Houston to Vienna and return, events and workshops, and tours.

Contact the trip leaders: Dr. David Brenner and Dr. Ashley Passmore for cost and information. There are scholarships available!

Note: All students are welcome to apply but priority will be given to those students planning to enroll in either JWST 201 (Introduction to Jewish Studies) or GERM 441 (Representations of the Holocaust) or who wish to become a Jewish Studies minor. Please contact trip leaders for more information.

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Flyer with information on field trip to Vienna and Budapest.