Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes that CNN Travel’s list chose the Great Market Hall as the best market in Europe, passing famous markets like the Mercat de San Josep de la Boqueira in Barcelona, the Istanbul Grand Bazaar, the Portobello Road in London and the Les Puces in Paris.
The website praises the market hall and gives an overview of its history. They write that the construction was finished at the end of the 19th century and that the market was one of the most modern buildings at the time with its special lighting and refrigerator system. They describe the spacious and airy construction as a cathedral made of iron.
The stalls of the vendors are connected with wide passageways. Unfortunately the building was badly damaged in WWII and it only regained its glory in the 1990s, after renovations. Since then, it is one of the most famous and visited sights in Budapest.
CNN finds it easy to navigate on the three floors but they also recommend guided tours that show the way among the sausages, salamis and lángos stalls. They finish off the description of the Great Market Hall with a great advice: “If you buy only one thing, make it a packet of smoked paprika, which will add more than memories to your cooking at home.” We totally agree with this!
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