Festetics Palace

Keszthely, Hungary

The Festetics Family is one of the most significant ducal families in Hungary. The family, who was of Croatian origin, moved to Hungary in the 17th century. In 1739 Christopher Festetics (1696-1768) bought the Keszthely estate and its appurtenances, and chose it to be the centre of his estates. He began the construction of the Festetics Palacein 1745. The two-storey, U-shaped, 34-room Baroque palace was rebuilt several times in the 18th and 19th centuries. Between 1769 and 1770 Paul Festetics III, Christopher’s son had the building reconstructed. The wings were enlarged while the facades remained unaltered. His son, George Festetics I, started the next major reconstruction in 1792. He added the southern library wing to the palace.

Between 1883 and 1887 Tassilo Festetics II had the northern wing demolished and a new wing built which was joined to the old one by a turreted central part. Thus, he almost doubled the size of the palace. The building was covered with a mansard roof, and fitted with central heating and plumbing. After the modification of the facades and the interiors, especially the staircases, the palace acquired its present form.

The building is surrounded by a nature reserve park. The sights in the park include trees that are hundreds of years old, colourful flowerbeds, fountains, statues – among them the full-figure bronze statue of George Festetics I –, the garden pond and the fountain decorated with lions. The palm house and the former coach house with the coach exhibition can be found in the park, while the new building of the hunting exhibition and the historical model railway exhibition is opposite the back gate of the park.

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Founded: 1745
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Hungary

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Przemek Wiczk (5 months ago)
Perfect place for trip the most beautiful place that I see:)
Stefan Carevic (8 months ago)
I had a fantastic time at the Festetics Palace in Hungary. This beautiful palace is situated near Lake Balaton, making it a great destination for travelers. The palace has plenty to offer for younger visitors, with lots of interesting things to see and do. There are also many restaurants and a well-designed center nearby that are definitely worth checking out. Overall, the Festetics Palace is a fantastic place to visit in Hungary.
Bles Venturanza (9 months ago)
we enjoy it so much..the tickets are worth it.. we purchased the 5+1 and it's really worth it.
Bartek Daniszewski (10 months ago)
Great place to visit. Palace plus five exhibitions. You can visit them separately. Compact and fast to walk. If You have 2-3h you can see all.
Jiří Vojtíšek (10 months ago)
A very beautiful castle surrounded by well maintained gardens. The tour is definitely worth it, since the inside is filled with interesting items and pieces of furniture with the library as a highlight. Also the view from the viewtower is nice. The signs are in English as well.
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