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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Andras Tamas (2 years ago)
Very nice, well documented guide
Marian Harustak (2 years ago)
Possibly ok for locals, but completely unprepared for international visitors.
Ferenc Szabolcs Elek (2 years ago)
Awesome palace. Nice renovation, and it's not done yet, which is good news.
Tamás Szüts (2 years ago)
A very big and pretty castle. The inside of the building was very new and beautiful. There was many old and pretty furnishings inside the building. There is a big and lovely garden around the building. There is a Café with a small selection of food and drinks.
Marton Regőczi (2 years ago)
One of the most beautiful palace in Hungry
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