PALACES IN HUNGARY
Visit the largest baroque palace in Hungary, the Grassalkovich Palace at Gödöllő which is about half an hour drive from Budapest. With this half day tour you can visit the beautifully renovated Royal Palace and get to know about the times under the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
If you have a little more time make a day trip to the western part of Hungary to visit the Esterhazy palace at Fertőd near the Austrian border or the Festetic palace at Keszthely next to lake Balaton.
In Fertőd one of Hungary’s wealthiest aristocratic families, the Esterházys had their splendid palace, the ‘Hungarian Versailles’ built between 1720 and 1766. Today the centre for Hungarian Haydn research is a museum and an important cultural venue. During this tour we can also visit Győr – Hungary’s second richest town in historic buildings outside Budapest has won Europe-award for the protection of the historic buildings, in acknowledgment of the reconstruction of the Baroque centre of the town. Or we can explore Sopron situated near the western borders of Hungary, at the foot of the Alps, 60 km from Vienna and 220 km from Budapest. It is one of the oldest jewelboxes of the country.
The magnificent Festetics palace was built on castle ruins in 1745 and expanded 150 years later, has 100 rooms in two wings, including the renowned Helikon Library. Is located in the charming town of Keszthely on Lake Balaton in Hungary’s western Zala Country.