Andrássy Palace

Tiszadob, Hungary

Hungarian aristocratic family, Andrassy, has been known for its lavish lifestyle. The Andrassy Palace was built in the second half of the 19th century. With multiple towers, and neo-gothic, romantic style, it resembles the French castles in the valley of the Loire. Behind the building, a well-kept English park pleases the eye, hosting concerts during the first half of August annually. The musical series are named Piano Celebration in the East. The castle itself now serves as a children's home.

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Founded: 19th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Hungary

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Bartal Benedek (2 years ago)
Well it was kind of short but there was small amount of things to see mostly cuz wars it was nice
Nalatreb Rhog (2 years ago)
The Palace looks great from the outside, it's a shame we couldn't get inside. The place is open between 10:00-18:00 and the ticket hall closes at 17:30 according to their website. However the last guided tour departs at 16:30 and it is not allowed to explore the castle alone. We missed this deadline by 3 minutes so we were not let in despite the fact that the place was still open for another 90 minutes and they had the manpower to show us the Palace. Unfriendly people and badly managed place,so be prepared...
Anton Bendarzsevszkij (2 years ago)
The castle and the garden is very beautiful, a good place to visit and walk around with family. However, be aware, that if you plan to get inside the castle itself, you have to book well in advance!
Henrietta Hágen (2 years ago)
Fantastic castle, with a beautiful english garden. Also aviable for disable persons. The staff was really helpful.
József Csiki (2 years ago)
Awesome castle in the province. Romantic and neo gothic style
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