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Every person’s style of traveling is different and we must respect that. For instance, when I was in Budapest, my friend recommended me to visit many museums that I was not interested in seeing. So I skipped some of them and instead did my favorite thing- visited bookstores and libraries!

Szabó Ervin Library

Budapest’s Metropolitan Szabó Ervin Library was a great find find. To tell you the truth, my love for this library grew after seeing a picture of it on Instagram. I instantly felt the need to visit and was so blown away by its interiors! Situated in the heart of the city, the library 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, Szabó Ervin is a baroque treat.

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Szabó Ervin Library

 

There are two sections to the library and I am talking about the baroque section called the Wenckheim Palace. It consists of countless books in Hungarian and is very antique. Excuse me for my pictures but I hope you get the drift of what I am intending to show.

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This part of the library has rooms with ornate furniture. There are chandeliers and fireplaces that make you want to get a warm cup of cocoa and sit by the fire to read. It is almost like a scene from the Gryiffndor Common Hall. You will also see several students going about their day as normally as you could imagine (just like in Hogwarts). I on the other hand was gawking!

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Szabó Ervin Library

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Szabó Ervin Library

It was a dream to be there!

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 you are visiting Budapest, this is something you surely don’t want to miss!

Timings:

Weekdays: 10:00 to 20:00

Saturday: 10:00 to 16:00.

Closed Sunday

Szabó Ervin tér 1, 1088, Budapest

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