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    Festetics Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 10, 2015

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    The front entrance and the newly erected tower. At the bottom of the tower there is a semi-circular closed portico from where marble stairs lead to the upper floor. I was told the palace has 117 halls and rooms but not all of them are open for the public visitors.
    Palace serves as a venue for classical music concerts, but also for important and prominent meetings and conferences of international significance.

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    Festetics Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 10, 2015

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    The Festetics Castle, with its huge proportions, is one of the biggest castles in Hungary and, as far as I am concerned, it is the most beautiful Hungarian castle. Nowadays it houses the independent Helikom Castle Museum, having over 200.000 visitors during a year, both locals and tourists from abroad.

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    Festetics Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 10, 2015

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    A fountain, the work of the Keszhely master builder Antal Hencz, was built in the middle of the semi-circular park in front of the castle. Antal Hencz also built the large baroque gate on the side of the main street, whose wrought-iron wings are admired by many.
    Festetics were very attached to the town of Keszthely and its inhabitants, most of the works on the palace they commissioned to the local craftsmen. They were progressive landlords, founders of hospital and pharmacy, school and agricultural college The Georgikon, the first of a kind in Europe.

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    Festetics Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 10, 2015

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    Pal II's youngest son Kristof, began the construction of the castle in 1745, on the site of an former castle owned by Petho family. It has both neo-baroque and neo-classical forms and large number of halls and rooms. Festetics Palace, or castle as many call it, is one of the largest country houses in Hungary and probably the best preserved.
    Over the decades several plans were prepared for the reconstruction of the building including Kristof Hofsstaedter's plan in 1755.

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    Festetics Palace - Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 10, 2015

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    This is the entrance into the huge complex of the Festetics Castle, which is situated right in the main pedestrian area of the town. The gateway is richly decorated presenting the coat of arm of Festetics family on its top.
    The Festetics family is a noble Hungarian family of Croatian origin, they moved to Hungary in the 17th century. Festetics were one of the richest aristocratic families in Hungary, having very important role in the political, cultural and economic life of the country.

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    $S4KESZTHELY

    by olja1234 Updated May 27, 2007

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    View to Keszthely from distance. Although the town is small, it has much to offer. Lots of greenery, museums, interesting buildings...There is a biking path around the lake. You can rent a bike and enjoy beautiful nature while cycling.

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    $S4KESZTHELY

    by olja1234 Updated May 27, 2007

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    Gimnasium.
    Another beautiful building from 19th century with neo-gothic tower, located in the Main square is Janos Gimnasium. Standing in the Main square one can admire nexus of impressive buildings and the Parish Church

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    $S4KESZTHELY

    by olja1234 Updated May 26, 2007

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    The Town Hall - Varoshasa, is another impressive buildin in the Main Squere. The original building dated back to 18th century. Its present form was built in Luis seize (late Baroque) Nowadays it houses Mayor's office.

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    KESZTHELY

    by olja1234 Updated May 26, 2007

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    Keszhely is a small charming town located North-West part of Balaton region. It is the ton of 23.000 inhabitants. The very centre of the town is about 20 minutes walk faraway from the lake Balaton.
    Both photos were taken in the eastern end of the main square where stands the Holly Trinity Statue.

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    Festetics Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    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.

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    Festetics Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    The newly erected tower, on the so called northern wing, hae three sections. With its architectural elements and decorations, it is characteristically a baroque structure and is crowned by a copper onion-shaped dome.

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    Festetics Castle

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    The balcony, by the front entrance, which was supported by four pillars, was decorated with a baroque style wrought-iron railing; above it the Festetics coat of arms was mounted onto a fracted-arched framework on the main wall. The first floor windows were similarly decorated with fracted cornices except for the concert hall windows and door where the original semi-circular arches were retained.

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    Festeticsi palota

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 6, 2005

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    In the north of the centre, at the end of the Kastély utca, you´ll find the family castle of the family Festetics. Between 1745 and 1770 the mainbuilding and the sidewings were build. Later a library, a chapel and the high tower were added.

    After 1945 the government took over the castle. Since then the public is free to visit the castle. Special are the enormous collection of books inside and the concerts that are given in the mainhall inside and in the park outside.

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    The Pedestrian Street

    by edvin_br Written May 25, 2004

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    In Keszthely you will find a colorful pedestrian strret at the way from the city Center to the Castle.
    The Street has a lot to offer to tourists: There are many small buildings with amazing architecture, there are many shops, some of them are expensive (for example there are Nike, Reebok, Oneill), in addition to this there are many small cafes where you can sit down and enjoj the atmosphre.

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    City Center Of Keszthely

    by edvin_br Written May 25, 2004

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    Keszthely is maybe small town (24,000 citizens) but it has more then 1000 years of history behind it and it gave her a lot of Beautiful architecture and great cultture.
    When you are walking around the city Center you can see beautiful building that exists for hundreds of years already, the style is similiar to the Austro-Hungarian assembly with a lot sculptures and small details on the buildings. In addition the city is very clean and renovated beautifuly, you can really feel like you are walking in a western country.

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