Every person has a different traveling style and we should respect that. I’ve honestly learnt this in this in the past 2 years more than ever. Not only am I often criticized by people for traveling to Italy too often (why do they care??) but also judged for traveling too much (like that’s a thing??). For instance, when I was in Budapest, my friend recommended me to visit a few museums that I was not interested in visiting. So I skipped them altogether and instead visited Szabó Ervin Library- a gorgeous INSTAGRAM-ABLE library in the heart of the city.
Szabó Ervin Library
The Metropolitan Szabó Ervin Library was a great find. To tell you the truth, my love for this library grew after seeing a picture of it on Instagram. YEA!! I instantly felt the need to visit and was dreaming of it before my trip. It seriously reminded me of a movie I had seen. Possibly the library shown in Harry Potter….
Situated in the heart of the city, Szabó Ervin is 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, this library is a welcome change away from the city rush and is definitely a baroque treat.
There are two sections to the library but what I will show you below is the baroque section called the Wenckheim Palace. This section is antique and consists of countless array of books in Hungarian and other languages. Excuse me for my pictures but I hope you get the drift of what I am intending to show.
As you can see, this part of this instagram-able library of Budapest has rooms with very ornate furniture. It almost seems as if you have entered a castle. There are chandeliers and fireplaces that give an inkling to get a warm cup of cocoa and sit by the fire.
It is like Harry Potter, a scene from the Gryiffndor Common Room.
You might observe when you are there how students go about their day as normally as possible (just like in Hogwarts) without realizing where they are. I, on the other hand, was gawking!
It was surreal! Don’t you think so too??
Imagine this place in the wee hours or probably on a rainy day…. So dreamy!! I would love to keep going and sit and read to my heart’s content. If you are a book lover+ an Instagram lover like I am, this library in Budapest should be on your list!
Timings: Weekdays: 10:00 to 20:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 16:00.
Szabó Ervin tér 1, 1088, Budapest
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Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.
Ishita works and lives in Delhi.