Festetics Palace

Festetics Palace, Keszthely: Address, Phone Number, Festetics Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

Festetics Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles
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Robert F
Budapest, Hungary153 contributions
Great day trip
Aug 2021 • Family
Excellent day trip. Lots of really interesting things to see and the Palace is really well kept. The library was particularly impressive
Written August 24, 2021
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary1,941 contributions
Really nice!
Aug 2020
The Festetics Palace and the castle park are fantastic places. The palace is nicely preserved and the park is very beautiful.
It is a very relaxed area. It is a must to see in Keszthely!
Written September 4, 2020
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,276 contributions
Nice palace
Aug 2020 • Couples
We took a ticket for the palace and one attraction (the coach museum). The palace is very nice, well preserved and contains amazing furniture and many other interesting things. The visit of the palace lasted about one hour and after that we visited the coach museum and the garden. We really spent some lovely hours there.
Written August 27, 2020
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Gergely Ivány
Budapest, Hungary28 contributions
Nice castle park and exhibitions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Castle park and exhibitions were also very nice. We bought combined ticket for ~13€/person which is valid for 6 exhibitions including Palace Museum, Coach Exhibition, Hunting Exhibition, Model Railway Exhibition, Travelling Aristocrats Exhibition, Palm House & Bird Park. All of them were very interesting and entertaining. Definitely worth the price. Visiting all of them is quite time-consuming but these tickets are valid for two days. Highly recommended for everybody.
P.S. If you want to take photos you must buy photo permit for additional ~5€.
Written August 7, 2020
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Reka K
London, UK7 contributions
Disappointing/ rude staff
Jul 2020 • Family
Very rude staff starting from the cashier to the people at the Palm house etc. Deeply disappointed with the place. Seriously the most polite/ human person was the toilet attendant guy in the free toilet in the castle park. All the others were looked like they suffering to be at work. Part of the castle had a renovation which was not mentioned when purchased the tickets. Very small area which was accessible. The prettiest point Is the garden which is free to visit so in my case i really regretted buying the tickets. The palm house and bird park are rather small.
Written August 4, 2020
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MarriedAnd-Over-50
Mission, Canada1,211 contributions
You need a day or two to see it all
Sep 2019
After settling in our lodging we started as early as it opened. There is a lot of waking from the gate to get to the place where you buy the tickets. We purchased the entire package that covers several buildings, even outside of the Palace grounds. So we started with the Palace.
It is of Baroque style. The construction started in the middle 1700s and lasted over 100 years by Kristopher Festetics on the ruins of another castle.
The Festetics family gave enormous contributions to the community. The only extensive aristocratic library in Hungary is in this Palace.
The interior is fantastic with furniture that is just divine. Many great paintings with portraits of family members as well. Very enjoyable.
We next visited the coach house. This building was the state tables. It is magnificent. We spent a lot of time admiring these coaches and learning about the companies who manufactured them. Christianne and Werner Guster were the Austrian Couple who collected these coaches and donated them to the Helikon Museum. God bless them for their generosity. From there we went to the Hunting Museum, hundreds of animasl from all over the word which were hunted are now exhibited in a way that resembles their natural environment. The hunter is a Hungarian National who received the highest award from some international hunting club. I disagree for hunting for a sport. But as my husband said. Some species may disappear and this way we get to see these animals in a very unique way. There was a lot of money in taxidermy, to bring the animals to Europe and the building and setting is not cheap. I hope this does not give others ideas about doing the same. I understand hunting for food. Then it was time to see the railway exhibition. About 75 trains from the 19 and 20 century, over 2500 meters of tracks, many buildings...just super cute and very detailed. The last stop was the Palm House. We spent a lot of time there, we love nature, the birds were beautifully taken care of and the grounds very enjoyable. It was fun looking at the birds and ducks having such a good time. We could walk really close to them, we did not disturbed them.
We started at 10:00 and left after 5:00 p.m. We had a beverage in the cafe inside the palace and ate lunch in a restaurant which is part of the castle...and it is truth!
It was a day to remember forever!
Written January 4, 2020
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Elena D
10 contributions
Very nice walk around the palace
Sep 2019 • Couples
We had a very nice stroll around the palace in the garden, for those who want, visiting the inside of the palace is also possible. Very clean and tidy, well maintained, a must see if in Keszthely
Written September 27, 2019
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JoskeDXB
60 contributions
A Pleasant Few Hours
Aug 2019 • Family
A really nice place to visit. A bit over priced for what you get. Taking your own photos, with your own device, costs more...no logic in that other than to squeeze every last penny out of you.

The house and grounds are magnificent, beautifully maintained and well looked after.

The café was OK, nothing special and very limited in terms of savory selection. However, the sweet selection was huge but again was very expensive.
Written August 29, 2019
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Serena C
Cheshire, UK803 contributions
Amazing palace with so much to see
Aug 2019
You could spend a whole day here as there is so much to see and something for everyone. There is a bird park, palm house, hunting exhibition, model railway - apparently the largest in Europe, a coach exhibition, travelling aristocrats museum and of course the palace itself!. There is a range of tickets on offer so work out how long you have before you buy! There are ice cream parlours and restaurants at the castle, and close by just outside the gates too. A great place to visit.
Written August 29, 2019
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Lisa M
Nambour, Australia2 contributions
The Palace
Jul 2019
It's interesting to see how the rich lived back then compared to the peasants. Such beautiful old furniture, paintings, books and clothes. The palace itself is exquisite to look at with lovely gardens.
Written August 26, 2019
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