Kinizsi Castle in Nagyvázsony was built in the 15th century by Pál Kinizsi, the military leader of King Matthias Corvinus. Kinizsi's sarcophagus can be found in the castle chapel.

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Founded: 1472
Category: Castles and fortifications in Hungary

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Krisztián Kovács (2 years ago)
Great place.
Ákos Nagy-Zámbó (2 years ago)
Try to visit when they have the historic play on.
Fola (2 years ago)
A nice enough distraction for a couple of hours. The stairs to the top of the castle are narrow and a bit claustrophobic. The view from the top is decent.
Adam Granicz (3 years ago)
Always a pleasure to visit here, be sure to check out the monastery ruins (several) nearby as well.
Jan Verschuur (3 years ago)
A nice old ruin with a few small exhibitions. Nice view from up top. Great for a visit with children who will let their imagination roam free. You will have seen it all in about an hour.
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