Esterházy Castle in Fertőd Undergoes Spectacular Renovation
Eszterháza Kulturális Kutató- és Fesztiválközpont Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. held a press tour on the renewed grounds of the Esterházy Castle in Fertőd. The grounds of the castle were renovated within the framework of the project "Development of the Esterházy Castle in Fertőd for tourism purposes" (GINOP-7.1.1-15-2016-00027), which was implemented with EU funding of nearly HUF 4.3 billion.
The project also included the refurbishment of the ground-floor and first-floor exhibition areas of the eastern and western wings of the castle's central section, the ground floor of the eastern connecting wing, the Baroque staircase leading from here, and the restoration of the Belvedere and the clock tower. In total, 26 exhibition spaces of 3,705 sqm have been renovated.
The ground-floor exhibition rooms of the renewed castle represent both the 18th century (the era of Miklós Esterházy), and the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the second heyday of the castle. An interactive exhibition in the upstairs halls gives visitors insight into the life of the people who lived in and visited the castle from the 18th to the end of the 20th century, including court composer Joseph Haydn, and Empress Maria Theresia.
The Belvedere, decorated with 18th-century wall paintings, offers spectacular views of the French Park on the south side of the building, the Forest of Lés, and the Margaret Cziráky Rose Garden.
Visitors can also take a look at educational films on the history of the castle and the Esterházy family, as well as the Baroque-Rococo period.
According to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal, the next step of the revitalization project is to ensure that the reconstruction of the historic gardens can be carried out as soon as possible, in a sustainable manner. The castle gardens were once adorned with numerous fountains, a network of artificial ponds, and other unique elements, which are now either partially or not in use.
For this reason, Eszterháza Kulturális Kutató- és Fesztiválközpont Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. with Zsanett Oláh as its managing director, has set itself the goal of creating the conditions in the medium and long term to restore the historic garden to its former splendor in every respect, in cooperation with is professional partners. In doing so, the organization aims to raise the legacy of Miklós Esterházy to a standard that rivals any contemporary French, Austrian, or English park or built heritage site in the world.
For more information on exhibitions and opening hours, please visit the castle website.
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