Festetics Palace
Festetics Palace
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Gergely Ivány
Budapest, Hungary29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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David-Miriam-Cohen
Israel292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Old family castle in the middle of Keszthely, with nice gardens and the usual exhibits of family rooms and portraits.
The ticketing system is complicated, and of course no one at the ticket counter spoke English . There is a charge for taking pictures, not heavily enforced.
The library is breathtaking, but unfortunately only the first floor is accessable to the public. I liked the portraits more than the furniture; there is a rare portrait of marie-antoinette (who was somehow related to the family) and amazing portraits of animals.
The bird exhibit was great, with cranes, swans, ducks,geese, etc, until you realize that the birds are captive, which is kind of sad.
Plenty of paid parking, none free. Lots to see in the town, only a block or so away.
Written September 20, 2022
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Apple C
173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The Festetics Palace, which has become the main attraction of Keszthely, is the third largest and most visited castle in Hungary. Built in the middle of the XVIII century on the model of French mansions, the palace is distinguished by the luxury of its exterior and interior decoration. The main building of the palace is surrounded by a beautiful park with fountains, sculptures and flower beds. I will not write about the interior of the palace, I recommend to see for yourself 😋
Written June 13, 2023
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Igor P
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The palace is really worth a visit: the interior, including the furniture, is extremely well preserved, rich equipment, many accessories. We also visited the carriage museum, which is also worth a visit if you are interested - it includes examples of carriages from the last 200 years. Unfortunately, everywhere the staff is very disinterested, but professional.
Written March 7, 2023
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srecno_pot
Slovenia281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Well kept and beautiful nature around it. The downside is that if you want to see it all, you have to pay different tickets. We took basic with botanical/animal garden. They have some very nice cactuses and beautiful ducks.
Written July 5, 2023
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ramona L
Cluj-Napoca, Romania41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
I don' t think I need to write just another review about a place that is awash with visitors. It is superb and very well preserved, but for me, the library was everything. I would have loved to stay there forever. My kind of Heaven. Lock me there and throw away the key ☺️.
Written July 30, 2022
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Reka K
London, UK7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania13,009 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
When you visit Keszthely the landmark to visit is the Festetics Castle ... the turf of the Festetics family ... beautiful building and very beautiful interiors are aviating the visitor.
In summer during the holiday period there may a be a line at the ticketing office - but is not that bad ... you can get your ticket fairly fast.
Than you can proceed to visit the rooms open for the public and be amazed of the luxury from the old times... furniture, decorations, paintings, tapestry and an amazing library with 10th thousands of books.
And once you are almost finished with the tour you will get into the main dining/reception room - that is also something to see - decorated with the finest crystals and gold - even on the ceiling should you care to take a look, there is gold leaf decoration, with details everywhere you take a look.
Impressive, beautiful definitely worth the time spent here. When in Keszthley for sure it is the one place that you shall not miss to visit.
Written December 22, 2023
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Andrew W
Savannah, GA62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
My wife and I toured Hungary and visited the Lake Heviz Spa in the morning during our drive around Lake Balaton. We planned to visit Festetics Palace in the afternoon, but were in for a much bigger surprise than we anticipated.

This palace is truly magnificent and in my personal opinion, much more fun to visit than (for example) the Palace of Versailles. The reason I am stating this, is that one gets to appreciate that like the Palace of Versailles, the Festetics Palaceit was gradually expanded.

However, the Festetics had the arduous task of having to ship back to Hungary all the furniture that was ordered and custom built from Paris and many of the great European capitals. That is quite a remarkable feat to think that this beautiful furniture had to travel via horse carriage on uneven roads and it took weeks if not months to ship the furniture over rough muddy roads. One also gets the feeling that the Festetic family was extremely benevolent to their staff and the local population by having schools apartments and a hospital built nearby.

Aside from appreciating the logistical feats, one gets to appreciate and enjoy the beautiful library and admire the many family paintings, furnishings, carpets, ceramics, etc...

The gardens and stables with the carriage house are also a must see. My only regret is that I did not plan enough time to fully appreciate my visit. But there will definitely be another time.

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Written December 28, 2018
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