Fertőd, the fairyland: the enchanting Esterházy Castle
Also known as the ‘Hungarian Versailles’, Esterházy Castle in Fertőd is a worthy competitor to Schönbrunn (Vienna) and Versailles (Paris). In the 18th century, it was one of the primary cultural hubs in Hungary. The Baroque-style building complex is one of the main attractions in Fertőd today, a true fairyland with its breathtakingly beautiful frescos, statues and stuccos. The fresco ‘Apollo’s Triumph’, painted by Josef Ignaz Mildorfer in the first-floor ceremonial hall, draws the wondering eyes of visitors, while Maria Theresa once slept in one of the castle’s 126 rococo-style rooms. Joseph Haydn also served as composer for the court held in this intriguing castle, which also has some religious elements, while a statue of Haydn can be found in the park. This architectural masterpiece has always played an important role in the cultural life of the region: it was and still is home to several classical and pop-music concerts. Step into the world of the Marionette Theatre and enjoy an interesting theatrical history tour or take a virtual walk with the 360° panorama screening.