Brunswick Mansion information
Brunswick Mansion is one of the prettiest summertime concert venues in Hungary. The mansion was built in 1775 for Count Antal Brunswick (Magyarised as ‘Brunszvik’), the patriarch of a family of liberal reformers and patrons of the arts; his daughter, Teréz, established Hungary’s first nursery school in Pest in 1828. Beethoven was a frequent visitor to the manse, and it is believed that Jozefin, Teréz’ sister, was the inspiration for his Appassionata and Moonlight sonatas, which the great Ludwig composed here. Brunswick Mansion was rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1870 and restored to its ivory and sky-blue glory a century later. It now houses the Agricultural Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, but you can see at least part of the mansion by visiting the small Beethoven Memorial Museum to the left of the main entrance. A walk around the spacious park, which was one of Hungary’s first ‘English parks’ to be laid out when these were all the rage in central Europe in the early 19th century, is a pleasant way to spend a warm summer afternoon. The baroque Catholic church (1776), attached to the mansion but accessible from outside the grounds, has Johannes Cymbal frescoes of saints. There’s also the delightful Nursery School Museum in the park, crammed with school-related materials as well as dolls and other toys.