Lendava castle is first mentioned in the records in 1192 as a property of the Hungarian noble family Bánffy and was theirs until the middle of the 17th century, when it fell to the Nádasdy family for a short period, and in the 18th century came under the management of the Eszterházy family.

Today it is a massive two-storey building with a mansard roof overlooking the town of Lendava-Lendva. The walls are supported by massive buttresses and the south-west façade is emphasised with a central tower.

The castle was in past centuries many times entirely restored and rebuilt. The present-day Baroque appearance of the castle dates from 1690–1707, following the withdrawal of the Turks from the area, when the Esterházys had it rebuilt to form an L-shaped building as a sign of their loyalty to the Emperor Leopold I. The castle became a show piece of Baroque architecture, and remained in the hands of the Esterházy family until World War I.

The museum collection boasts a permanent archaeological, historical and ethnological exhibition, as well as a memorial room for the most famous sculptor of Lendava, György Zala. The art heritage of Lendava artists is preserved in the institute’s gallery collection, which features a collection of artwork that has emerged from this traditional international artistic community.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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Ana-Andreea Cioca (12 months ago)
Nice, unfortunately closed on Sunday as many other castles in Slovenia. It is a pity..most of the castles are opened during the week and 4-5 hours on Saturday. It's lear that they lack tourist, but this opening hours don't help at all. People are mostly free on weekends, so how could someone visit anything if it is closed?! ?
Balogh Ákos György (2 years ago)
Eclectic, yet full of hidden gems exhibitions.
Aleksander Pepelko (2 years ago)
Ona amazing place. The one who feels the energies ... is like paradise. They would be worth sleeping there - they also have rooms - and feel the atmosphere at night and during the day .... again amazing place .... not for what is showing but for what you can feel
Tomaž Dvojmoč (2 years ago)
Great surprise. Must see exhibitions of culture heritage, old weaponry, butterflies... Space well used from attic to cellar.
Stefan Hodson (2 years ago)
Good views, museum and historic place.
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