UPDATE: The castle’s interior exhibition is temporarily closed between 25 November and 13 December because of a film shooting. Other attractions in the museum continue to be open for visitors, with a reduced price ticket (1000 HUF) as compensation. Admission is free for anyone below the age of 26, and for the residents of Keszthely.
The Festetics Palace is the third biggest and the most visited palace of Hungary. Constructions for the Baroque palace started in 1745, but it has been remodeled and expanded several times after that. The awe-inspiring palace park, which offers great opportunities for relaxation as well, is a protected nature reserve with a French and an English garden, fountains and statues that take you back in time, and a palm house where we can find a singular tropical hibiscus collection unique in the whole of Europe.
In the Helikon Palace Museum, a permanent exhibition showcases the lifestyle of the gentry, but the baronial interior and the carriage exhibitions also have many interesting bits of information in store. Visitors are in for such special treats here as the library with a secret door. Those who find all the velvet, gold, and delicate wooden inlay a bit too much can taste the best wines of Hungary at Balatoni Borok Háza ("Castle Cellar") in the basement.
Open from 8pm to 11pm on Wednesdays in July and August. Open every day (10am-5pm) in September, and from May 1 to June 30, and it can be visited every day (10am-5pm) from October 1 to April 30 except for Mondays. Check out the palace’s website for opening hours on holidays.