In the past, when nobles and royal families had money and style, a wealth of romantic palaces and hideaways were built all over the country. We collected some of the best of these stunning buildings, so reminiscent of ancient times…
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1. Royal Palace of Gödöllő (Gödöllő)
This is the palace of the most popular royal couple in Hungarian history, Emperor Franz Joseph and Queen ‘Sissi' Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, well-beloved of Hungarians. The renovated palace has wonderful halls, rooms, and a large charming garden. Because it is close to the capital (Aprox. 30km - 19mi), you can visit it in a single day-trip from Budapest.
Official website: kiralyikastely.hu
2. Esterházy Palace (Fertőd)
Located in Fertőd, 184 km (aprox. 115 mi) from Budapest, in the picturesque region of the Fertő-Hanság National Park, next to Lake Fertő. The whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so we could say that the Esterházy family really knew where to build their palace. The huge baroque building complex is really a match for the Schönbrunn Palace or the Palace of Versailles.
Official website: esterhazy-palace.com
3. Festetics Palace (Kesztely)
Also known as the Helikon Palace Museum. It is located in Kesztely in the northwestern corner of Lake Balaton. Construction work on the palace began in 1745 by the Festetics dynasty, and today it's the 3rd largest palace in Hungary. The palace is a museum and a conference centre in one, and hosts exhibitions and exclusive concerts too. Its huge garden is also unforgettable, with the large chestnut and black pine trees and two Japanese acacias, 70,000 summer flowers and an impressive fountain.
Official website: helikonkastely.hu
4. Károlyi Palace (Fehérvárcsurgó)
There are several Károlyi Palaces in Hungary, but the one in Fehérvárcsurgó is the largest and most popular. The palace was built by Count György Károlyi in 1844 based on a neo-classical model by an Austrian architect. It was completely rebuilt in 1910, and has been kept in proper condition since then. The palace is surrounded by an English-style garden, it has a chapel and a library that contains more than 6,000 volumes in French, English, Hungarian, German and Italian.
Official website: karolyi.org.hu
5. Royal Palace in the Buda Castle (Budapest)
You will probably have already seen this palace in every second photo of Budapest. The palace complex of the Hungarian kings was completed in 1265. The palace and the whole Castle district is a part of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Today the palace is the home of the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Széchenyi Library. From the Savoya Terrace you will have a wonderful view of the Danube and the city. This terrace is also a venue for many gastronomic events all year long.
Official website: mng.hu