Trophy & Model Railway Museum
This former military attic actually houses two separate museums. If you only have time for one, don't miss the grin-inducing Model...
Full disclosure: this is an X-rated wax museum. Kind of tacky – yes. Fascinating – absolutely. The tiny subterranean space brings to...
Operetta concerts are held every Thursday throughout the year in the music hall of the palace.
It may have changed its name, but this small vegetarian restaurant down the hill from the palace has buckets of good energy and healthy...
Lonely Planet review
The Festetics Palace, built in 1745 and extended 150 years later, contains 100 rooms in two sprawling wings. The 19th-century northern wing houses a music school, city library and conference centre; the Helikon Palace Museum (Helikon Kastélymúzeum) and the palace’s greatest treasure, the renowned Helikon Library (Helikon Könyvtár) are in the baroque south wing.
The museum’s rooms (about a dozen in all, each in a different colour scheme) are full of portraits, bric-a-brac and furniture, much of it brought from England by Mary Hamilton, a duchess who married one of the Festetics men in the 1860s. The library is known for its 100,000-volume collection, but just as impressive is the golden oak shelving and furniture carved in 1801 by local craftsman János Kerbl. Also worth noting are the Louis XIV Salon with its stunning marquetry, the rococo music room and the private chapel (1804).
Behind the palace in a separate building is the Coach Museum , which is filled with coaches and sleighs fit for royalty. Note that the ticket for the palace always includes entry to the Coach Museum, but it is possible to visit the Coach Museum only.