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Great Market Hall

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Great Market Hall.

Great Market Hall features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Budapest City Guide5-day Budapest City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Tasty Hungarian delicacies
  • Beautiful building

Time required: 45 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Mondays: 6am - 5pm
Tuesday - Friday: 6am - 6pm
Saturdays: 6am - 3pm
Sundays: Closed

Public transport:

  • Metro Line 3: Kálvin tér station

Address: 1093 Budapest, Vámház körút 1-3

Things you need to know:

  • After the unification of Buda and Pest in 1873, the city begun to expand rapidly
  • The unorganized outdoor markets were insufficent in supplying the increasing number of inhabitants with fresh products
  • The city council commissioned 5 covered market halls with modern lighting and refrigeration
  • Construction of the Great Market Hall began in 1894 and finished in 1897; few days before the original handover day (in 1886) the roof burnt down and had to be rebuilt
  • It was one of the most modern market halls of its time
  • Originally vendors used an indoor channel system to bring in their products; it is no longer used
  • The Hall was reconstructed between 1991-94 when beautiful Zsolnay tiles were installed on the roof

What to do there:

  • Take a look at the nicely renovated building from the outside
  • Stroll the market and shop for some tasty specialities

Great Market Hall features in these preplanned City Guides: