Martonvásár, the Brunszvik Palace
Today, the former aristocratic residence with its snow-white walls, pointed windows, towers and beautiful battlements, is home to the Agricultural Science Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as well as the citadel of the Hungarian Beethoven cult.
It was built by Count Antal Brunswick in the late 1700s, and it was given its current Revivalist, neo-Gothic style when it was rebuilt around 1875. The palace is extremely popular with tourists due to its impressive park and museum. Beethoven had a close relationship with the Brunswick family. He visited the palace several times, taught the Brunswick girls to play the piano, and according to surviving correspondence, was in love with Jozefin Brunswick. Letters and other interesting documents can be viewed in the Beethoven Memorial Museum at the palace. The gorgeous English Garden around the palace – one of the most beautiful palace parks in Hungary, which is worth a visit in its own right with its lake and selected plant rarities – serves as a venue for Beethoven concert evenings in summer.
As a token of his friendship with the Brunswick family, Beethoven offered them several of his compositions, including the sonata in F minor (“Appassionata”).
Attractions and activities in the area:
- Taste wine and champagne in Etyek, in the old press houses of Öreghegy and Újhegy.
- Discover the Lake Velence Bird Sanctuary.
- Get to know the old town and the winding streets of Székesfehérvár, one of the Hungarian cities with the richest past.
Designer: József Tallher
Date of construction: between 1784/1785 and 1875