The Festetics Palace is a Baroque palace located in the town of Keszthely, Zala, Hungary. The building now houses the Helikon Palace Museum.
The palace's construction, started by Kristóf Festetics in 1745, lasted more than a century. During this time, the palace, built at first on the foundations of a ruined castle, was tripled in size in two subsequent building campaigns, most recently in the 1880s, to designs by Viktor Rumpelmayer, living in Vienna.
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Črtomir Kurnik | Nov 5, 2017
We have visited it in November when the weather was still fine. Parking space is in front of the castle and for 2€ we bought around 2,5h. Buying a ticket was a challenge because of the queue I didn't have time to read small printed price list. I just asked a friendly lady in front of me for an advice. She told me to buy a ticket for all exhibits , so I bought a tickets for 30€, 2 adults and one kid. It turned out that I bought a ticket for seven museums including a castle. So we've stayed at these places for around 5 hours to visit all of them. Finding all museums/exhibits was a small mission because there are no signs where to go after vising a castle. I'm sure that with better signs, webpage and a large price list with a map at the entrance they would have more happy visitors.
Kocsis Andras | Dec 31, 2017
Must see if you ever pass by this area ore you are anywhere in the vicinity! One of the most amazing palaces I have ever visited, I have seen quite a few! Please give yourself a minimum of 3-4 hours for the basic tour which includes only one wing of the palace and the coach museum. If you want to see the whole sherade you will require 1 day.
Saovine98 | Jan 23, 2018
Delightful place. Full of sun, stunning flowers and history. Love it.
Krystle Malone | Sep 13, 2017
Beautiful grounds and scenery. The library was my favorite room and has an interesting history. The museum attendants are knowledgeable and friendly. Unfortunately, the huge con for me is that most of the museum isn't accessible without buying separate tickets for each part OR is closed to public completely.
Shannon Luedke | Nov 7, 2016
Visiting this this castle is simply a MUST if you are in the area. The spacious castle grounds are free to visit and explore. You can also pay a small fee to go inside the castle. Unlike most other castles I've visited you are free to roam at your own pace (not forced to go as a group with a guide) which I find much more enjoyable. My favorite highlights were the MASSIVE library and the beautiful portraits throughout. You can see a very famous painting of Marie Antoinette.
Aliya Nigmatullina | Mar 13, 2018
It's wonderful place to see. Very beautiful castle and huge park inside. Also little lake with a lot of fishes makes me happy. Must visit place in Kestheley.
Enid Györke | Apr 9, 2018
Beautiful place, beautiful renovation. Must see if you visit this region
Eric Wolff | May 25, 2018
Magnificent palace. Stables. Gardens. Grounds. All still part of c omplec just as it was when this was a royal family. The library is unbelievable. Something right out of an Elizabethan novel. Multi tiered. All walls bookshelves. A secret door into a smaller private library and office. All the furniture and decoration of the period are there in the castle and match perfectly. And are beautiful.
Katie | Jun 7, 2018
Wow. Every exhibit here was awesome. The taxidermy, the wild birds, the model railway. We had had no idea what to expect and were delighted.
Marian | Jun 3, 2018
Kind of expensive tickets but deserve spending money. It's cheaper if you buy tickets both for Postojna Cave.
Tomislav Vukovic | Jun 30, 2018
Having visited many similar palaces across Europe, I didn't really have high expectations about this museum. However, it was more than a pleasant surprise. I was lucky to participate in a guided tour, and there were several stunning moments during the walk through the palace. My favourite room was definitely the library, which is not only authentic, but also hides an interesting story of how it survived World War Two. Once you're done with the museum, don't leave the building too quickly, as you can enjoy superb cakes at a castle pastry shop, or take a photo of you dressed as an emperor or a baron at Nosztalgiafoto corner.
E Rots | Jun 28, 2018
It's not as lavish as emperors' palaces in St Petersburg or Vienna, but it's just as interesting. It's a family abode of a rich Hungarian count, whose family had lived there until early XX century. As opposed to emperors' palaces, it's cozy and it actually feels like a livable home.
BrightScytheOfLife | Jul 15, 2018
Pretty neat, kind of a compact Palace, but full of Antiquities. The cafe is nice to sit and have some alcoholic coffee and enjoy the view.
Kobboy Kng | Jul 3, 2018
Very nice museum from the 17th century. Authentic rooms, furniture and paintings. Don't miss the chariot museum if you are there.
Tamás Kiss | Aug 5, 2018
Horrible service, arrogant staff, highly overpriced and not worth the money. Don't go with kids, they hate them. Also if you wanna take photos you have to pay additional fee (hilarious). Highly not recommended, go somewhere else until they replace staff and management. Would be 0 stars if it was possible. Big disappointment...
Steve Langendoen | Aug 3, 2018
A great piece of living history! So beautiful and well kept. Great display of carriages and sleds,
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