Dég, the Festetics Palace
You can find this Neo-classical palace close to the south-eastern tip of Lake Balaton. It is surrounded by the largest and most impressive English garden in the country, where visitors can walk for several hours.
One of the earliest Neo-classical palaces in Hungary, it was built between 1802 and 1815 by Antal Festetics based on plans of Mihály Pollack. It is surrounded by the largest English garden in Hungary, which was a curiosity even at the beginning of the 19th century. It’s as big as Central Park in New York! The famous red-brick Dutch house stands on the central island of its two-kilometre lake system, and you can even go fishing on the lake with a permit, which is a special experience in the beautiful palace park. This historic setting also includes a tennis court, which has retained its function to this day and offers players a unique historical experience. The one-storey, U-shaped palace with a basement is a popular filming location, and after its reconstruction, it will function as a community cultural space with interactive exhibitions.
You might recognise the Festetics Palace in Dég from the big screen: several scenes from the American thriller Red Sparrow and the film Kincsem, based on the story of the legendary Hungarian racehorse, were shot here.
Designer: Mihály Pollack
Date of construction: 1810–1815
Opening date: The park has been open to visitors since mid-2021
Attractions in the area:
- Experience the atmosphere of Renaissance courtyards at the Pipo Castle Palace in Ozora.
- Get to know the old town and the winding streets of Székesfehérvár, one of the Hungarian cities with the richest past.
- Discover Hungary's most important zoo outside of Budapest in Veszprém.