Keszthely means castle in English, and indeed there is a castle in town, not one of those sombre military structures so often connected with the word, but a beautiful baroque palace built in 1745. The Festetics Castle was built by the wealthy Festetics family and has over 100 rooms. Now it houses an interesting museum and library. During the tourist season concerts are held almost every day in The Mirror Gallery, and sometimes outside in the garden. - It is quite near the centre. Follow the pedestrian street from the town centre.
When you are walking along the Pedestrian sttreet between the Castle and he ity center there is a good chance that you will meet on the way some street musiciand that play classical music that gives the area a special harmony, you can really feel yourself like in the medieval times.
If you fell generous that day you can give them some Forints...
Looking back from the courtyard, the castle presents a more grandiouse picture. The castle is surrounded with the huge park area and long walking paths. There are number of fountains, sculptures and resting places all over the park.
Keszthely is the "capital" of Lake Balaton. The town stands at the north-western corner of the lake, with almost 23000 inhabitants one of the largest city of Balaton region.
Keszthely is a popular town, mixture of old and new, traditional cultural centre. Classical music programmes in the Castle of Festetics, folk dance in Goldmark Yard, wine festival at the end of July , beer festival at the end of August.