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Top Choice Palace in Keszthely

Festetics Palace

The glimmering white, 100-room Festetics Palace was begun in 1745; the two wings were extended out from the original building 150 years later. Some 18 splendid rooms in the baroque south wing are now part of the Hel…
Top Choice Bistro in Keszthely

Paletta Keszthely

On a summer terrace by the marina, this appealing spot mixes international fare such as bouillabaisse and its signature Basalt Burger. The dishes on the succinct menu are well-executed and the staff are friendly and…
Museum in Keszthely

Model Railway Museum

On the top floor of a former military building, this grin-inducing museum exhibits one of the world's largest mountain railway layouts. Trains whiz round a 40m-long railway network straight out of a picture book: on…
Museum in Keszthely

Erotic Panoptikum

Full disclosure: this is an X-rated wax museum. Kind of tacky – yes. Fascinating – absolutely. The tiny subterranean space brings to 'life' lust and sex scenes from illustrated books about Renaissance erotic fiction…
Museum in Keszthely

Georgikon Farm Museum

Housed in several early-19th-century buildings of what was the Georgikon’s experimental farm, this is the perfect museum for lovers of early industrial farming tools and farming techniques, with exhibits divided int…
Museum in Keszthely

Balaton Museum

The Balaton Museum was purpose-built in 1928 and its permanent exhibits focus on the life and history of Lake Balaton. The Balaton aquarium showcases the lake's fish, while several interconnected rooms detail lake l…
Museum in Keszthely

Toy Museum

Depending on what generation you're from, the exhibits at this wonderful place will either make you smile in remembrance or gawp in fascination. Ye olde prams nailed to the ceiling, creepy bug-eyed dolls, legions of…
Synagogue in Keszthely

Synagogue

Before WWII Keszthely’s Jewish community numbered 1000; at the end of the war it had dropped to 170. Today less than 40 Jews live in the town and attend services at the 18th-century baroque synagogue, located in a q…
Hungarian in Keszthely

Bacchus

Oenophiles and foodies should head straight to this restaurant and wine mecca, which serves simple but lovingly prepared Hungarian fare including local faves like fish from Lake Balaton (the catfish with paprika cur…
Museum in Keszthely

Doll Museum

This surprisingly absorbing museum showcases two floors' worth of dolls dressed in folk costumes from all parts of Hungary. On the ground floor, there's also a remarkable wooden seat carved from the roots of a yew t…