Eszterházy Castle is set to reopen this autumn following months of restoration and renovation works. Workers are currently busy restoring the site to its former glory, with reconstruction work taking place throughout the entire complex.
The original plans for the late Baroque-style Countess Residence were made by Jakab Fellner, most of the work was completed between 1765 and 1769, but the final parts of construction were not completed until 1777. The residence will again display its magnificent splendour following the renovation project.
The construction of the English park began in 1783 by Count Ferenc Eszterházy (IV.) on the shore of Lake Cseke, where he also built another small castle. The park will be landscaped and restructured to showcase its hidden beauty.
In the completed Tata park, garden parties and festivities will be held. At the beginning of the 19th century, Tata was called “Hungarian Weimar” because of the many artists living there and is still a famous spot for artists, tourists and locals alike.
Finally, history has served the palace well. Between August and November 1809, King Francis I and Queen Ludovika lived in the castle after fleeing from the army of French Emperor Napoleon I. The castle’s story will also be told when it reopens to the public.