Alexandra Béni | Jan 18, 2019 | 0
The most beautiful castles of Hungary – Part 2
This list is for those who like art and beautiful things in general. With the help of this list, you can easily decide which magnificent castle to visit next time you are in Hungary.
The original list can be read on Cartourmagazin.hu.
This castle was the residence of the famous István Széchenyi. Among many others, he was the supporter and founder of the Hungarian Academy of Science, and he built the first permanent bridge between Buda and Pest. One of the greatest Hungarians operated in Nagycenk from 1814 when his father divided his properties between his sons. WWII also took its toll on this building, as the nearby park got hit during an English bomb-run in 1944. Many windows broke, and tiles also fell off due to the strong shock wave. In June and July of 1945, locals ravaged the castle and burnt almost everything.
If you would like to read more about István Széchenyi, we have an article about the greatest Hungarians where you can find more information about him.
De la Motte Castle
This building can be found in Noszvaj, right next to Bükk. The building was erected between 1774 and 1778. It was requested by Baron Sámuel Szepessy, who sold the castle to Anna Vécsey. The husband of her was the Habsburg colonel De la Motte, who enjoyed the favour of Maria Theresa of Austria. Some of its rooms function as a museum, but it is also a castle hotel. The famous unicorn of Noszvaj represents the coat of arms of the Almásy family, and it guards the gates since 1798.
This building is famous because of its creator, as it was also designed by Miklós Ybl. The small town of Szabadkígyós is very proud of the castle which was built in 1879 in Neo-Renaissance style. The locals remember the construction of the building very proudly.
This castle is unique among the castles in Hungary as its Baroque-style building stands out from among the others. It was built in 1760 and, during Napoleon’s military expedition, it operated as a hospital. After the war, the castle was rebuilt, and, thanks to this change, now the Ferenc Kubinyi Museum is housed here. But there is another sight to behold nearby, take Hollókő, for example.
The castle now operates as a hotel, so it is not only for those who want to discover things but also for those who want to relax a little bit. It was built in Baroque style in 1748. Similarly to other buildings of this kind, unfortunately, its original form is lost to history, as in the 19th century, they rebuilt it in Classicist-Romantic style, but some elements of the Baroque interior remain intact. The Degenfeld family lived here until 1944 when the Soviets ousted them and burnt the building.
According to the oral tradition, the castle was built to honour Sisi. The castle was built at the request of the first Foreign Minister of Austro-Hungary, Gyula Andrássy. The construction took five years and was finished in 1885. The Romantic-Neo-Gothic castle is thought to be one of the most beautiful castles of Hungary.
If you would like to know more about the world-famous Sisi, then THIS article is definitely for you.
This castle is also thought by many to be among the most beautiful buildings in our country. In 1801, it was converted to reflect the residences of the Viennese nobles. The castle also received an expansion, as riding stables and a bigger garden were added. The last inhabitants of the castle were the Almásys. Now, it operates as an interactive museum.
Featured image: Almásy Castle; Wikimedia Commons