Festetics Castle, Keszthely
Who hasn't heard of one of the jewels of our town, the Festetics Castle? For almost 200 years, the Festetics-Kastély in Keszthely was the home of one of Hungary's most important count and later princely families, the Festetics. Today, it is a museum institution under the name Helikon Kastély.
Unlike most Hungarian castles, the castle building, its interior design and furnishings remained partially intact during the Second World War. After the departure of the Festetics family in September 1944, part of the collection was looted by German and Hungarian soldiers and the local population, but the original furnishings, which are still on display, survived.
After nationalisation in 1948, only the library wing of the castle and the rooms that had been demolished during the World War were open to the public under the name of Helikon Library, which was managed by the National Széchényi Library.
The aristocratic way of life and the Helikon Library - an exhibition of interior design
Historical model railway - exhibition
Baronial journeys, travel adventures - exhibition
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