On your way wherever you go
There’s no need to travel too far to find cultural experiences. As you leave the city due south, you will immediately stumble upon the little-known Sacelláry Palace, hidden in a romantic nook of Budafok. Nevertheless, the palace built in Art Nouveau historicist architectural style has a small bastion and tower and mostly resembles a grand fairy tale palace. It was built by György Sacelláry in 1898 for his daughter Irén, who was the wife of the sparkling wine manufacturer József Törley, whose palace stood on the neighbouring estate.
The interior design includes Art Nouveau wooden wall panelling, carved rails, plaster stuccos and coloured lead glass windows fashioned by Miksa Róth which have remained intact throughout the 120 years since the construction of the palace. A few kilometres from here you will find the Száraz-Rudnyánszky palace beyond the M0 motorway, mostly known as the Nagytétény Palace Museum. It is a magnificent Baroque building with a terraced park surrounded by hedges and decorated with sculptures. It’s the perfect place for anyone looking to relax and recharge their batteries.
The palace has been through a lot over the years and was completely burnt to the ground in 1904 and later served as an orphanage, a children’s home and finally, in the late 40s it was used by the Museum of Applied Arts as an exhibition hall. As a result, today it is teeming with works of applied arts made in and by Hungarian and international workshops and masters. The exhibition entitled Furniture Art from Gothic to Biedermeier is considered to be one of the richest collections of its kind in Europe. The palace also boasts a superb glass collection. Take road no. 7 to get to our next stop, Martonvásár.