Festetics Palace

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At the end of summer we took another vacation to Lake Balaton, this time to the southern shore.

We had a rainy day and decided to visit Festetics Palace in Keszthely.

The Festetics Palace is a Baroque palace located in the town of Keszthely, Hungary. Its construction was started in 1745, lasted more than a century, during which the palace, built at first on the foundations of a ruined castle, was tripled in size.

The counts Festetics were progressive landowners: Kristóf Festetics founded a hospital, Pál Festetics established a school in the town, and in 1797, Count György Festetics opened an Agricultural University, the Georgikon, Europe’s first agricultural college, which is still in operation as a faculty of the University of Pannonia. (Source: Wikipedia)

The palace houses several permanent exhibitions: Aristocratic lifestyle exhibition, Coach and Carriage Exhibition, Historical Model railway.

The ticket prices are too expensive for my taste and getting around with a baby/toddler was not always easy (lots of steps, no where to feed him etc), but we still had a good time.

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The Helikon Library.

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I love this photo 🙂 I guess the rain was good for something 🙂 To make interesting reflections 🙂

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This was my favorite carriage. I thought it would be perfect for Cinderella or Snow White 🙂 But actually it was a carriage used to carry coffins 😦

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The Blackberry boys and me 🙂 (I was carrying alot of stuff 😦

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8 thoughts on “Festetics Palace

  1. I know one little boy who would have loved to run screaaaaaming into that huge puddle 😉

    You just reminded me of how easy life is when the days of the real life gym/ pack horse are mostly done and children can walk proper distances!

  2. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures and experiences.
    Do you know the origin of the English word coach? I’ve cut and pasted the answer from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coach
    Origin of COACH
    Middle English coche, from Middle French, from German Kutsche, from Hungarian kocsi (szekér), literally, wagon from Kocs, Hungary
    First Known Use: 1556

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