The Festetics Palace is a Baroque palace located in the town of Keszthely, Zala county, Hungary. The building of the Festetics Palace began in 1745 by Kristóf Festetics and gained its present form between 1884 and 1887. The 101-room building houses a museum and a conference centre and is one of Hungary’s 3 same styled palaces.
In the last centuries the amazing beauty of the palace attracted princes, diplomats and members of famous families. In the last two decades the palace was visited by such famous people like the belgian royal couple, Árpád Göncz, Ferenc Mádl and several governors of european countries, and also leaders of China and Vietnam.
The Festetics Palace is a museum and conference center as well. The palace has housed an independent museum (Helikon Castle Museum) since 1974; it is visited by 200,000 people each year. Famous musical events are organised in the Palace, almost a hundred per year.
We can reach the marvellous park of the Palace through a fancy main gate. 70 thousand flowers are planted in the garden every year. In the front garden there are horse-chestnut trees, turkish hazel, lilac, black pine, sofora and other trees and bushes and also a big fountain and a bronze statue of György Festetics.
- 1st September - 31st May every day from 10 am – 5 pm
- 1st June – 30th June every day from 9 am – 5 pm
- 1st July – 31st August every day from 9 am – 6 pm