Nagy Csarnok (The Great Market Hall), Budapest

Nagy Csarnok (The Great Market Hall), Budapest

What to buy here: The Hungarian Secret Box.

At first glance, you may think these lovely wooden boxes are ordinary jewelry boxes. That is, until you attempt to open one and discover that the lid does not move upon command. Only after the shop keeper has shown you how to slide open the secret panels, uncover the key and the hidden lock, will you have access to the inside of this clever puzzle box. And, if that’s not enough to satisfy your cravings for secrecy, there is a hidden compartment inside the box itself, in which you can store your most treasured possessions. Hand carved out of wood, these boxes make a wonderful gift for anyone who enjoys puzzles or values their privacy. There are a number of aesthetic choices to make when purchasing this gift: the boxes come in many different sizes -from tiny ring sized boxes to full sized jewelry boxes- some are painted and some retain the original look of the wood they are carved from. Many vendors will also offer to engrave a name and date on the box as well- often at no additional cost. The cost of the boxes runs from $10-$20 and they are widely available throughout the city. They are on sale at many of the stands in the Nagy Csarnok (The Great Market Hall) which is located on the Danube at Fovam Ter. Designed in 1896, this beautiful market is open Monday from 6:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday- Friday from 6:00am-6:00pm and on Saturday from 6:00am-2:00pm. Please note that the market is closed on Sundays.

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Nagy Csarnok (The Great Market Hall) on Map

Sight Name: Nagy Csarnok (The Great Market Hall)
Sight Location: Budapest, Hungary
Sight Type: Shopping
Guide(s) containing this sight: Souvenir Shopping  

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