The managing director of the National Heritage Protection Development Nonprofit Ltd (NÖF), Tamás Glázer, reported that the number of visitors significantly exceeded their expectations even though the number of guests who could be admitted to the buildings at the same time had to be significantly reduced to meet epidemiological restrictions.
By the end of September, the Hungarian castles and fortresses, as well as castle gardens and surrounding parks, had attracted almost 150,000 visitors. Compared to 2019, 35 percent more people visited the attractions in July, 48 percent more in August, and almost 20 percent more in September. The monuments are maintained by NÖF, and Glázer pointed out that there are even more buildings that could not be visited due to being under renovation.
The Castle Card program, which offers various discounts and exclusive content, as well as their free magazine, were also very popular among visitors.
Glázer further mentioned that they have successfully applied for the Kisfaludy Tourism Development Program announced by the Hungarian Tourism Agency. Thanks to the program, accommodations in several parts of the country will be renewed soon.
The managing director called the reopening of Tata Esterházy Castle this December the most significant event of the year. The facility, renewed within the framework of the National Castle Program, has received a new visitor center and interactive exhibitions and will serve as a community cultural space.