Szabó Ervin Library: Every Reader's Dream

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.

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.
Szabó Ervin Library

Szabó Ervin Library

Szabó Ervin Library

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!

Szabó Ervin Library

Szabó Ervin Library

Szabó Ervin Library

Szabó Ervin Library

Szabó Ervin Library

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!
Weekdays: 10:00 to 20:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 16:00.
Closed Sunday
Szabó Ervin tér 1, 1088, Budapest

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44 thoughts on “Szabó Ervin Library: Every Reader's Dream

  1. It is exquisite. Even the street to get to it is gorgeous. That would be a beautiful stressfree day from our usual busy travel days

  2. Beautiful – just beautiful. If we ever visited Budapest this is the right place for JS – I just leave him there, go out and do what I want to do etc., come back in the evening and, yes, you guest it, he would still be there, in his kind of “heaven” – and now I would join him, too. This has always happened in every city around the world…and hopefully it will continue. Thanks for showing all this to us.

  3. We are alternately proud of and disgusted by our Habsburg past over here. Proud, because we can show it off (and it brought us culture), disgusted because – once again – we were conquered. Most of us are still trying to reconcile our Mongolian warrior roots with a more sedentary European lifestyle. Is also why we will either treat you like royalty, or make you feel like scum. 😀 And complain about doing it. 😉
    Seriously though. Really happy you liked it here. I consider both Budapest and Paris to be Home, which says a lot about the magic and beauty of Budapest.

    1. I understand your sentiments. My nation was ruled too and I know that feeling. It stays. But can’t complain about what’s done. I love your city and you should be proud to be there and in Paris.

      1. Now I have to ask where you’re from. 😀 Answer optional, or in pm. It’s kind of weird to be part of both ruler and subject, so I guess it gives me the license to be as unbalanced as can be. 😀 Most of my friends here hate Austria and Turkey equally. I’m ok with Austrians, except they’d always stop me at the border, and I only carry a French passport, same story, no matter where I came from or traveled to. Turkey is a place I still haven’t visited, despite having friends from there, but I’d love to go. Always bonded with the people from there. Ditto most Brits. And Italians.

        1. I’m from India and there is nothing to hide about it. It’s written on my About page too. The bondings happen with me too across cultures. I loved Slovenians too as a friendly group. Italians are the friendliest that I’ve met so far

          1. My phone is possessed and either won’t let me find what I’m looking for, or decides not to show me half the things I should be seeing. Your about page didn’t even show up. 🙄
            I have a feeling I was in Slovenia when I was really little, so all I remember is this path we were in with these little figures on the side, as though someone had decided to recreate Grimm’s fairy tales. Every time I see pictures from there it looks like a fairy tale. India is another place I would love to visit, since I have friends from there, and visiting your friends always makes it better. Though I love just going on my own, too. And I absolutely agree with you, Italian hospitality is out of this world.

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