In downtown Budapest we find District VIII, also known as Józsefváros, one of the most unexplored yet amazing areas of Budapest.
In the past, this part of the city had a bad reputation for being unsafe and neglected, however – . These days, after massive gentrification procedures of some of its areas, it has some pockets which are the most sought after for living by international people. Today, District VIII is a district of diversity, art, music and architecture, full of hidden gems.
This area was the very center of the bourgeoisie during the Austrian-Hungarian Empire era. Funding what is the center of this district, the Palace Neighborhood. More than 30 palaces and mansions were built between 1867 and World War I. Most of these radiant buildings have been restored to their former glory. Today they are home to universities, institutions, libraries and hotels.
This is mainly due to the Corvin Promenade and the surrounding area which practically single-. Handedly transformed district VIII into a very popular place for renting flats for long or short periods, though of course, the fact that the Semmelweis University and its clinics are spread across the district, also contributed substantially to its development. Now the area counts with many pubs, restaurants, schools and trendy shops.
Also, it is well connected with the public transport through Tram 4-6 (24 hour service) and Metro lines.
Due to all this, the VIII district have grown rapidly and now is one of the most attractive and appreciated neighborhoods in downtown Budapest to live in.
The neo-baroque palace of Wenckheim was built in 1889 and, after being damaged during World War I. Was restored with great sophistication and, since 1931, homes the main repository of Budapest’s public library system with more than 2,4 million books (yes, millions!) and more than 250.000 audiovisual items.
Nowadays, it is a popular study and research place among students, professors and researchers, whether locals as internationals. However is open to all the public, by quickly registering with an ID photo. Its huge historical ambience and cozy environment will definitely captivate you, spending days walking through the building browsing books.
This museum houses the biggest public collection of historical items in Hungary. Located in an astonishing classicist building from 1802 in the Great Alley.
The museum offers a wide range of expositions as well as 7 permanent ones that document the history of the Magyar civilization. Since their very first data in the Middle Age till the end of the communist era.
If you are an enthusiastic about history and want to know more about this very interesting country and their people, you can’t miss this museum!