Treasures from the Past: Renewed Castles and Estates Around Lake Balaton (x)

Newly opened castles and estates add colour to Balaton’s everyday life this summer. If you’re craving a bit of culture alongside beach time, explore the following impressive locations!

Festetics Palace, Keszthely

The Festetics Palace in Keszthely is not only a museum but also a venue for events. This historic castle, set in picturesque surroundings, has been the home of the prominent Festetics family for over 200 years. Recently renovated, it now boasts updated suites and exhibition spaces. Additionally, the castle’s pièce de résistance is the splendid aristocratic dining room, elegantly furnished in the mirror hall.

8360 Keszthely, Kastély utca 1. | Website

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Fenékpuszta Festetics Stud Farm

Once one of the most significant centres for Hungarian horse breeding and equestrian sports, the reconstructed stud farm of the Festetics family in Fenékpuszta has been open to visitors. After a tumultuous history, the once internationally renowned estate now welcomes visitors as a diverse leisure centre. Currently, interactive exhibitions and an equestrian museum await you at the end of the black pine road.

8360 Keszthely, Fenékpuszta | Website

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Festetics Castle, Dég

Although the name Festetics is generally associated with Keszthely, the family also has a stunning neoclassical castle in Dég, Fejér County. Here, you can catch a glimpse of another aristocratic world characterized by tranquillity, rural air, and long walks. Visitors can explore the beautifully furnished rooms, learn about the family’s history, and stroll around the lake in the country’s largest English park.

8135 Dég, Hunyadi utca 11. | Website

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Szántódpuszta Manor

Strolling through Szántódpuszta, you step back into the 19th century, immersing yourself in the heyday of a period estate. On this property from 150-200 years ago, you can explore remnants of earlier agricultural practices and lifestyles. Visitors can enjoy interactive exhibitions, equestrian services, delve into the art of blacksmithing, and even learn the secrets of breadmaking.

8622 Szántód, Szántód puszta 1. | Website

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