As travellers we must respect fellow travellers’ advice and not imitate each other. Every person’s style of traveling is different so we must respect that. For instance when I was in Vienna, my friend recommended me to visit more museums but since I don’t consider myself a museum geek, I skipped them all and did what I had to do. Visit bookstores and libraries!
Budapest’s Szabo Ervin Library is one such find. In the heart of the city, the library is a baroque treat and reader’s paradise. It is just a 10 minutes walk from the tram stop and has no admission charge. (Go there before you have to pay forints to see it)
Named after a Hungarian librarian and social scientist, the whole library is beautiful inside out. My love for it started when I saw a picture of it on Instagram and instantly felt the need to visit. I was so blown away by its interiors that I just wanted to see them with my own eyes.
The library is divided into floors and contains thousands of books in Hungarian and other languages. The part of the library I am showing you here is the antique one housed in the Wenckheim Palace. Excuse me for my pictures but you will get the drift.
This part of the library has several rooms and ornate and antique furniture. Chandeliers and fireplaces alongside it makes you want to get a warm cup of cocoa and sit by the fire and read all day. There were several students in this part of the library, going about their day as normally as you could imagine. I on the other hand was walking and gawking in the hallways.
The library is a reader’s dream. I would love my house to be something like this. Well wouldn’t we all??
The last picture seems to be right out of the Harry Potter library. Right??!!
Imagine this place in the wee hours or probably on a rainy day…. I would love to keep coming back and sit and read to my heart’s content. If you are a book lover and are visiting Budapest, this is something you surely don’t want to miss!
10:00 to 20:00 on all weekdays. Saturday 10:00 to 16:00.
The library is closed on Sundays.