National Szechenyi Library
National Szechenyi Library
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The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
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Peter Andras C
Kristiansand, Norway2,162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
The National Library in Budapest is within easy reach if you take a bus from the inner city or from Széll Kálmán tér. After having a thorough look at the astounding environment you may as well visit the temporary exhibits. I did so. One of the gems was a collection about Houdini, the escape artist. Another small exhibition was about Mr. Bíró who invented the ball point pen. You should definitely spend an hour inside this building and if you have some research you'll doubtless find material inside. Just opposite you may walk right in the National Gallery, if not, I would recommend a stroll first on the Danube side and finish your escapade in one of the busy pastry shops a few hundred meters from the palace.
Written February 10, 2016
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brianinboca
Delray Beach, FL1,135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Was a bit tough to find the correct door to actually get in but once you do…id recommend you have cash to pay the admission . when i was there the computer was down. my ticket was a post it note and thankfully i had enough cash .

Once you get through all that you open the door to a spectacular room. The main reading room is huge. The detail and workmanship that went into this is obvious.

If you are a fan of interesting buildings, architecture, old books and really big ladders you should stop by.

Tripadvisor said it opens at 9am…. I got there at 945 and it didn't open till 10am so check
Written May 16, 2017
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX7,021 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
The founder of the Hungarian National Museum, Count Ferenc Szechenyi, started the Museum by donating a large library he had put together while traveling around the world. For almost 200 years, this library was part of the Museum and only in the 1980s was it separated again from the Museum and given new permanent home in a wing of the Historical Royal Castle at the top of Castle Hill. While the collection is very large and valuable, the visitor can only see a small part, and entrance is mostly restricted to the temporary exhibitions. Visitors who come to perform research might have greater access, but of course, that will require a greater expenditure of time and effort. When we visited on a warm March day, there was no air conditioning and the building's inside was sweltering, to the extent that, after about 30 minutes, we had to get out to get some fresh air. If the direction really wishes to share the collection with the visitors, there needs to be an effort to make interesting parts of the collection within easy access in comfortable surroundings.
Written May 20, 2017
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