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Architectural masterpieces: baronial castles just a few kilometres from Sopron

The Esterházy CastleFertődSopron region

Enter the Baroque-style building complex that is often referred to as the ‘Hungarian Versailles’, or visit the early Classicist castle that was once the home of the greatest Hungarian, István Széchenyi.

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.

Visit the Classicist Széchenyi castle in Nagycenk

Nagycenk is a village just 13 kilometres from Sopron, and is where you will find the early Classicist Széchenyi castle, which was home to the greatest Hungarian, István Széchenyi, and his family for many generations. Following the renovation of the castle in 1973, it became the location for the largest memorial museum and family mausoleum in Hungary, honouring the history and legacy of István Széchenyi and his family. In the garden, you will find one of the most beautiful and spectacular rows of linden trees in all of Europe, stretching 2.6 kilometres. They were planted by Antal Széchenyi and his wife in 1754. After you’ve finished your visit to the castle, you can continue your time-travel adventures by visiting the nearby Széchenyi Museum Railway, which successfully evokes the ambience of the turn of the century.

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