Szigliget Castle

Szigliget, Hungary

Szigliget castle was built by Favus Abbot of Pannonhalma, it was completed in 1262. A small village with a church had been developed under the castle belonging to it as usual in the life of a border fortress. The Castle passed into royal proprietorship and then from 1521 for centuries it became the property of Tóti-Lengyel family. Upon the order of Emperor Lipót issued in 1702 the Castle was blow up.To protect its substance as well as to explore, a fund was started in 1991.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Hungary

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piroska bakonyi (8 months ago)
Amazing and breath-taking views from many points of the castle. There is a reconstruction in progress but I think is not age-appropriate - did not like the tiles over the little houses. Balaton is amazing during autumn period as well :)
Zoltan Batho G. (10 months ago)
One of the nicest towns in around Balaton. A truly magnificent ruin castle, fabulous restaurants, unique atmosphere.
Rafał Jędruchów (10 months ago)
Beaufitly restored place, amazing views. No problems with finding a parking place near by, great selection of local wines near entrance.
Anton Bendarzsevszkij (10 months ago)
We've been there 10 years ago, and the view was beautiful, but the castle was just a ruin. Now lots have been done, it is renovated very nicely, and absolutely a must to visit when you are at Balaton
Im Kazuya (10 months ago)
Nice place but public transport is not the best and of course you have to climb a steep mountain. But the view is amazing.
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