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 😦