Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

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Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library
4.5
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  • Kálvin tér • 3 min walk
  • Corvin-negyed • 8 min walk
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Mia Milo
Brunei Darussalam194 contributions
Beautiful library
Jan 2020 • Solo
It is a hidden treasure with 19th century artistocrat mansion, turned into a library, hidden in a modern library... Also, it is the largest library network in Budapest...
Should visit level 4 to visit the gateway to the Palace Quarter...This library has fantastic neo-baroque building is definitely worth a visit😍😍😍
Written January 16, 2020
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Sky K
London, UK41 contributions
Amazingly beautiful library - must visit
Dec 2019
I enjoy visiting libraries when I travel but even if I didn't enjoy books I think I would have been impressed by the architecture in this place. Pictures do not do justice - it was amazing that I could walk through these beautiful rooms and read in them. Each reading room was so beautiful and different to each other. There were also quite a few English books available so it would not be difficult to find a good book that pertains to your interests and spend a couple of hours immersed in this beautiful space.

I read reviews that the library was difficult to find but I found it quite easily. I went up to the registration desk wanting to pay for entrance but the lady spoke to the security in Hungarian and let us in for free (apparently there was a portion of the library that was closed which meant we could enter for free) and I found the lifts to the left shortly after I went through the security gate. I then went up to the 4th floor, walked through what seemed like a standard library, then the beautiful reading rooms appeared.
Written January 7, 2020
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redhead_roaming
Seattle, WA2,300 contributions
OMG So Gorgeous! You Must Go!
Sep 2019
Gosh, I wish my uni library experiences had been this lovely!! We stopped by this on the way back from the Gellert Baths and then afterwards, grabbed food at the Central Market Hall.

You don't need to specify which library area you're going to. At the front desk, they have a price specifically for a 'Individual Tourist Ticket' that is valid for just that day. It is 1,000 HUF/person ($3.29) so pretty cheap to help maintain a library. I'm almost 100% positive we paid by credit card.

All the beautiful rooms are on the 4th floor, through a normal and boring room you first have to walk through. And I do mean rooms, as in plural. Every room was beautiful and different. I think the people who use the library are used to tourists walking through, gawking and taking pictures but it still felt awkward. Because of that (and checking out the other floors unnecessarily to see if there were any other beautiful rooms), we were in and out within 30 minutes though it could be half that time if needed. If you love libraries, you need to go. It's insanely cheap and it's just a treat to see something so magical used normally in modern times.
Written December 30, 2019
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January
New York City, NY43 contributions
WOW!
Dec 2019 • Solo
I was super excited to visit this library based on the photos I saw online. However, once I got there I waited 10 mins outside before I got the courage to go in. The reviews weren’t clear on access requirements and I didn’t want to be the stereotypical stupid American haha.

I entered via Reviczky u through 3 pairs of doors before you get to the information desk - wooden doors, glass sliding doors, wooden doors. The lady at the desk spoke little English but she understood me enough to know why I was there. The cost to enter is 1000 HUF, or approximately $3.31.

Once you pay the fee, you have to go through security turnstiles. Since I didn’t have a card, I had to ask a couple of ladies at the information desk (closest to the turnstiles) how to go in. One of them took me through the red rope. I think normally I would have had to deposit my things in the locker room but it was close to 7pm and they closed at 8pm.

Anyway, I quickly headed to the 4th floor soon after. After stepping off the elevator, head to your left. The old smoking room is in the very back; there are signs indicating “Palace”. Before I got there, I passed the reading room which was breathtaking. I actually sat in an alcove for 20 mins as I read about the history of the library. Then I quietly headed to the old smoking room which is something out of a movie! I sat in the room quietly as I looked around.

Honestly, the palace side of the 4th floor is enchanting. I would have taken photos but I didn’t want to be a jerk since there were so many people studying. I’m not even sure if photos are allowed.

I poked around the first three floors but nothing else piqued my interest. (With the entrance fee, I was limited to the first four floors.)

So grateful I got to see this beautiful library.
Written December 3, 2019
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MH1234
Plymouth, UK26 contributions
OK
Nov 2019 • Couples
Very pretty but all a bit odd really. It’s a library in a library but in the historical part there was lots of people studying which made it harder to appreciate
Written November 8, 2019
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Dide R
Perth, Australia147 contributions
Wenckheim Palace Library ( Szabo Ervin Library )
Oct 2019
This not well advertised or locally known attractionI is well off the beaten track as far as tourists go. Never was it more evident, on asking for directions, that many of the Hungarian’s do not speak English. Reading signs on streets and maps leaves one quite exasperated. Persevere, this Budapest Metropolitan Library is a real wow.
A small fee 1000 HUF ($5.00 Aus) is charged to enable one to walk through the entrance, the First 3 floors equipped with thousands of books and readers. Floor 4 opens to this magnificent ( 1842-1912 ) Neo- Baroque building, three rooms all masterpieces, the Saloon and the Silver Boudoir, Small and Large Ballrooms, the Former dining room and Smoking room, now all reading rooms, so rich in ornamentation, in the style of Louis XV are the greatest unexpected wow of Budapest.
Written October 21, 2019
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werpaj
23 contributions
One of the nicest libraries I’ve seen
Aug 2019 • Couples
The interior of the fanciest part of the library remind me off the library from Beauty and the Beast. Purely beautiful. Worth spending 200huf on entry. Would definitely go there to read books if only I could read in hungerian haha
Written August 28, 2019
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DinFrance
Stroud, UK434 contributions
Simply put this is a 'must see' in Budapest
Aug 2019
i was almost inclined to put a one-star to stop this place being flooded with visitors. There was only one other couple when we went and a few students studying (with their Apple Macs) in the grandiose rooms.

Clearly, the visit is not about the books nor the 'modern' part of the library but the staggeringly beautiful old library/palace. The rooms are simply amazing. Even palaces like Versailles and Blenheim would struggle to compare. OK i accept that this is a lot smaller but - wow - some amazing rooms. I struggle to comprehend just how they have survived thru all the turbulent years.

Yes it is a bit confusing on how to get in - and yes it cost 1,000HUF per adult (just under £3). But a bargain. Opens at 13h.

When 'signing-in' it was slightly amusing in that gave my name and there was a lot of punching stuff into a computer. We were then presented with three lovely tickets and a couple of photocopies in English. The lady then got up out of her seat and proceeded to guide us to the barriers and unleash a bit of chord and we were in. Almost could have done away with the tickets and all the typing. Once thru there was no indication on how to get to where the old library/palace was. A bit of hand-signal work indicated the 4th floor (by lift). Even when we came out of the lift it was not immediately evident - but we got there.

Seriously, I highly recommend.
Written August 10, 2019
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sidder
West Chester, PA629 contributions
If you’re a bibliophile, visit Ervin Szabo
Jun 2019 • Couples
A 5 minute walk from the more famous Great Market Hall, I would encourage library lovers to spend a half hour wandering through the beautiful rooms. And, if you have the time, this would be a magical place to relax and read. It is a bit confusing to find the rooms on your own, but the staff is very helpful.
Written July 15, 2019
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Boi
Budapest, Hungary15 contributions
A library with a class by itself
May 2019
The main metropolitan library of Budapest with it's fantastic neo-baroque building is definitely worth a visit.
Written July 3, 2019
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