Füzér Fortress

Füzér Fortress, Fuzer: Hours, Address, Füzér Fortress Reviews: 4.5/5

Füzér Fortress
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Castles
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Christopher Babits
Calgary, Canada71 contributions
Family
The entire experience of Füzér castle is amazing. From the long approach one sees the white fortress from a distance and anticipation increases with each nearing kilometre.

Our family of five (three teenage boys) loved every aspect: the long hike up through the woods on a chilly December morning; the exposed climb up the rocky stairs (incl. several carved into the bedrock); the building materials laying about as part of ongoing long term reconstruction; the ability to discover the castle at one’s own pace and interact with most furniture, windows etc.

We really enjoyed exploring and discovering as we wanted - it’s a fun and unique experience. The castle is a recreation and it has been thoughtfully reconstructed: stained glass windows, ironwork, wood joinery/doors, wall and ceiling paintings have all been authentically and artfully carried out. It’s a real pleasure to discover Füzér castle and know that years from now it will offer even more as the reconstruction continues.

Of course the views are breathtaking and we cannot but help and pause for extended and longing looks out onto the stunning forested northern Hungarian landscape. The castle itself is built on an unusual rocky outcropping high above a small village. It’s truly magical.
Written January 5, 2020
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary907 contributions
We were here lots of years ago and it was ruined. Now it's a renewed castle (some parts are still under renovation). It's exciting experience wandering among old (13.century) walls. We arrived from Pálháza by car and climbed up to the castle from the carpark. It's minimum 30 minutes, but it's worth. (I recommend comfortable shoes!) The tickets cost 2500Ft for adults and there are reduced prices, too. We got maps and information, so we could walk independently. It's very good and the view is really magnificent.
Written August 28, 2020
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Nekslos
London, UK73 contributions
Family
This is a must visit place for sure. The view is breathtaking both from the fortress and from the distance as you approach the fortress sitting majestic on top of the "hill'. You have to prepare for a bit of climb but well worth it. The fortress has been recently renoveted well preserving original features. I will definitely come back again.
Written July 12, 2017
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Csengery
Budapest104 contributions
Couples
This is an small castle perched high on the edge of a rock, It looks stunning from the surrounding countryside and it has been restored from a ruin, as it might have looked in the 17th century. A daunting and innovative task, buoyed up by masses of EU money - and not finished yet.

We did not mind that the renovations are not complete, there is no reason why visitors should not see what has already been done and it will take a few years yet to renovate the gardens and other parts of the castle. But, as is so often the case in Hungary, the management of this visitor attraction is appalling.

I will begin with the fact that Fuzer Fortress/Castle is inadequately signposted and we are probably not the first to have spent a good 20 minutes looking for the way up to it, going up and down a road with massive potholes until finally we were directed further into Fuzer village itself. And, yes, you can park in the village for free but who wants to, when there is a Fuzer fortress car park at the base of the rock? for which you are charged a wholly gratuitous 600 fts.

There is, then, a signpost telling you that it is a 30 minute climb up to the castle. The castle is TOTALLY inacccessible to anyone with even moderate mobility problems or difficulties with breathing and no possibility at all to take a pushchair or buggy if you have a small child in tow.

After a climb through the woods, which is not too bad but would be too much for some people, there are many wooden steps to climb and at one point the steps appear to have broken and not been renewed, so that you are climbing for some distance on slippery stones. This, I want to stress, is positively dangerous particularly in damp or wet weather - a health and safety issue and one that the Castle management needs to address before there is a serious accident.

A chair lift should have been installed before the castle was opened to the public. There is, of course, already a cable lift for bringing up work materials. The climb up to the castle some may find positively enjoyable and part of the experience itself, but not only does it render the Castle inaccessible to moderately unfit and to many elderly people, there are fit people in this world who simply would not want to spend 30 minutes doing it, and especially not the slippery last part of the ascent.

Those who visit castles situated on a rock or mountain expect there to be some degree of stair climbing before you get to the entrance. That is normal. The long approach to Fuzer castle is, however, NOT normal.

Having got there you enter through an attractive building, designed in keeping with the Castle and its renovations, which cries out to be a proper visitor centre but it is not - it is just a ticket office, and the only souvenirs of your visit are a few dull postcards and fridge magnets. The entrance fee, especially if you combine it with the car parking charge, is quite high for an Hungarian museum but it does include a free guided tour. The only one we saw was being delivered in Hungarian, I do not know if it is offered in other languages.

Then your discover, after your long climb, that there are NO REFRESHMENTS in the castle area itself! I spent some time contemplating how the management committee arrived at these two important decisions - not to install a chair lift in order to get to the castle, and not to provide any refreshments once visitors had climbed all the way up there. There is, irritatingly, ample room at the entrance level for a proper visitor centre with room for a small exhibition area, for a cafe and even a restaurant.

To add insult to injury, you are then told that they only food and drink is in the car park. That would be the shabby little hut you walked straight past when you parked the car - reeking of stale cooking oil, selling cold "expresso" and pre-packed mini donuts covered with sprinkles, and flogging standard cheap souvenir items.

Information about the various rooms is provided via laminated display cards. As always with this system, some have been removed and put back in the wrong place so during our visit we could not always find the right card for the right room. I imagine there are no permanent display boards on the walls for very good conservation reasons. The information on the cards chiefly tells you about the ways in which each room has been refurbished in accordance with what informaton could be gleaned about how the family actually lived there in the 17th century.

The furniture is not original to that period. It is all new, and has been made by Hungarian craftspeople in tribute to the style of the castle and the period. Opinions will vary as to how successful this is, but at least very old and vulnerable furniture does not have to be protected from people touching or sitting on it.

There is not a vast amount to see once you are inside the castle. It is not a large castle anyway and is still under renovation. The rooms are very simply furnished. The view is wonderful, which will surprise no-one. It was always going to be.

I thought the castle was worth seeing, but only just. My husband was annoyed about the amateur approach to the castle as a visitor attraction and the general lack of concern for visitors (even though he is used to this in Hungary: we live here), and decided it was certainly not worth the effort. If you go, bring water for the climb and sandwiches if you want to eat.
Written October 30, 2018
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Kolos K
Copenhagen, Denmark24 contributions
Family
The ruins of the castle of Füzer was always a prominent landmark, towering over the valley below. Recently it have been renovated and mostly rebuilt to a great extent and now provides the visit with an impression how a castle looked in the XVII. century.

From the parking place you need to hike up to the mountain and to the castle on a forest path with many stairs - it is absolutely no go for wheel chairs or push chairs - it is strictly only for kids who can climb a decent amount, our 5 years old managed it with minimum resistance.

The castle has zero experience with being a museum, it is very clear that they (EU) spent insane amount to the project, but it clearly lacks good management: it has a number of safety hazards (stairs ending in a 1 meter fall without even a sign, or warning), any decent ideas to entertain kids or even noticing simple gardening needs ... it feels like many things in similar areas: central government spends the money to kick start it, but lacks local experience and probably funds to run properly.

Overall, our family enjoyed the stay, it was an interesting experience, beautiful landscape, great informative touches and somewhat scary with small kids. Unfortunately, few castles survived the centuries in Hungary and Füzér castle (although renovated) provides an excellent example one can truly experience!
Written July 12, 2016
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KoViktor
Eger, Hungary217 contributions
Couples
We visited this recently renovated castle in the beginning of April.
There is a good parking area under the castle where you can eat and drink.
The castle has many new interactive rooms where you can how the life was in the middle age. There is a very nice terrace with a fantastic view.
It worth to visit.
Written April 8, 2018
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dmsdi
London, UK197 contributions
Family
Visited this nice castle on a rainy day with young children. The castle has been recently renovated based on available historic documentation.
The rebuilt castle (was a total ruin before restoration) looks really good and authentic. You can try out everything and this makes it much more interesting for young children.
There are several guided tours taking you through the main floor. Our guide was fantastic, she shared lots of interesting stories and anecdotes about the castle and their owners.
You can leave your car in the castle car park (HUF600) or leave the it further down in the village for free. Entrance fee is a bit expensive however it is well worth. There is a good 20 minutes hike from the car park, our 6-year old kid can manage it without complaints. Elevation from the village is about 200 meters, so a bit of climbing is required...
The castle is also gorgeous from a distance, magnificently sitting on the top of a large volcanic rock.
Definitely worth a visit - highly recommended if you are in the area.
Written July 26, 2017
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Fitz-Edward O
Sarasota, FL367 contributions
Couples
The excitement increases with each mile and turn in the road as you approach the Medieval Fuzer Fortress (White Castle). From the parking lot, it's about a 20 minute walk to the castle where you get to experience 360 degree views of some of eastern Hungary's most breathtaking landscape.
Written October 18, 2019
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kocz
Budapest, Hungary40 contributions
Friends
In our nice country, most of the castles are no more than a couple of ruined stone walls on some abandoned peak. In Füzér, they rebuilt the whole castle, and it is awesome. Not so cheap (2000 Ft ~ 7 €), but I think worth it.
Written April 8, 2019
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mr_Rodrigo
Miskolc, Hungary24 contributions
Friends
The forest is amazing. You need to climb on a rock, good condition is recommended. The castle is half renovated. Several attraction to see plus amazing panorama.
Written October 30, 2018
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