When I was in Budapest, my friend recommended me to visit Szabó Ervin Library- a gorgeous INSTAGRAM-ABLE library in the heart of the city. Seriously, if you’re looking for off the beaten track places in Budapest, visit this breathtaking old library.
Szabó Ervin Library
The Metropolitan Szabó Ervin Library was actually a find from Instagram. 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 a baroque treat.
There are two sections to the library but all you have to visit is the baroque section called the Wenckheim Palace. This part is antique and consists of countless array of books in Hungarian and other languages with breathtaking interiors. Excuse me for my pictures but I hope you get the drift of what I am intending to show!
As you can see, the library of Budapest has rooms with ornate furniture and perfect upholstery! 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 reminded me of a scene from the Harry Potter movies. I observed several students taking notes and studying, going 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! Imagine this place in the wee hours or probably on a rainy day.
Wouldn’t you love sitting here and reading to your heart’s content??
If you are a book lover, this library in Budapest should be high up on your list!
Weekdays: 10:00 to 20:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 16:00.
Szabó Ervin tér 1, 1088, Budapest