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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Ana Kuprivec (13 months ago)
Beautiful castle with great history. There's a nice park beside it, too.
Tomislav Mlinarić (14 months ago)
Amazing art collection, very varied and interesting. Friendly staff, nicely organised and the whole castle is densely packed with art.
Kiss Szilveszterné (16 months ago)
We only saw it from the outside. Nice environment, view.
David Arist (2 years ago)
The castle was pretty nice ... from the outside. When we went the castle itself was closed, but it's still pretty nice outside because there was a showing of an artist. You can go around the castle and see how enormous it is.
Ábel Csernay (2 years ago)
Lovely little castle with nice exhibitions. Worth to try.
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