When it comes to the Esterházy Castle, most of us probably first think about the Esterházy Castle in Fertőd, one of the most outstanding attractions in Hungary and on par with Schrönbunn Palace or the Palace of Versailles.
However, there are a total of 10 Esterházy Castles in Hungary, plus another two in Austria. One of these is located in Balatonfüred and is home to the Public Heart Hospital, Hungary’s largest cardiological rehabilitation institute.
The castle is a neo-baroque building. The original Esterházy summer home, built in 1783, was a single story, while the first floor was built in 1820, and the second floor in 1940.
The existence of the Esterházy Castle is due to the wealthy lords of the 18th century who recognized the beneficial effects of the water of Füred, using it to treat their ailments.
Now a 1,400-square-meter section of the castle will be renovated, with a total budget of more than HUF 1 billion. The aim of the project is to create an exciting and modern tourism center, via both the renovations and new building, based on the historical, natural and intellectual memories of the thousand-year-old Balaton Highlands.
The project will create a museum and community spaces inside the castle itself, creating a cultural center that is family-friendly and with content available in all foreign languages. This will attract more visitors and help reinforce Lake Balaton as a year-round tourist destination.
“The rehabilitation of Esterházy Castle is a symbolic investment; it shows that we believe in and expect tourists,” said László Fényid, Deputy Chief Tourism Officer of the Hungarian Tourism Agency, at the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone for the new center. He added that “the tourist data is already good; in May Balatonfüred was the fifth most visited settlement in the country.”