Esterhazy Palace
Esterhazy Palace
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Robicsek
Budapest, Hungary580 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Once upon a time (Hayden’s time) this must have been a luxurious palace, but has been very much destroyed over the centuries, particularly during WW2. It is being reconstructed, so far only some of the rooms may be visited and it will soon be closed for works again. What can be seen is far too kitschy for my taste (all right, that may have been the taste of those times) and not enough to travel to Fertöd just for this. As we were meeting family in the neighbourhood we didn’t mind the visit, the one hour guided tour (available in different times in Hungarian, German or English) was informative, the guide was doing her very best to tell us also some of the history of the palace. The garden is impressive, the visit to the rose garden (at this time of the year past its glory) was free.
Written 21 August 2020
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Pascal_MXX
Lausanne, Switzerland63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
The castle is nice, but :
- You can only visit a few rooms
- Only with a guided tour
- If you don’t speak the local language, be ready to pay an extra fee for the « guided tour in a foreign language » and wait of few hours. And yes, German is considering as a foreign language (Austria is about 5km away).
There so many nicer castles in Europe, where foreign visitors are welcome… Why bother ?
Written 22 October 2021
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FamilyNDV
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
I would have liked to go to to the evening concert at the Castle Esterhazy Fertőd, on my holiday, together with my family from abroad. We were a couple of minutes late, they didn't leave us to enter any more. I guess Hungarians do not need the money of tourists. The concerts start too early, at 7pm when families just leave the Neusiedler See with little children. It makes no sence spending any money to renew the castle if the staff of the CastleFertőd is primitive. Maybe they should hire a more intelligent staff from the capital city. 🤔 BTW, we visit several concerts in Vienna, they always let us in to the concerts, we could buy tickets even on the street. They like tourists 😉
Written 30 July 2023
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Soccca
Tolmin, Slovenia1,787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We took a Hungarian tour because the English one was not on the schedule in time of our visit. But we received an English translation, so we had no problems to follow the tour. The palace is nice, but there is obviously still much to do before it gets the level of splendour it deserves.
Written 26 August 2020
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jjoy91
Melbourne, Australia222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011 • Solo
Fertőd is a sleepy little town in the north-western corner of Hungary. So small, it shares a little single-track train station with the next town, Fertőszéplak, complete with an ancient, rusty sign. 1km east of that little station lies this hidden gem, Eszterháza. (You know you're NOT in the wrong place when, just after walking east of the station, you see a stone pillar with "Eszterháza" inscribed on it!)

I half-daytripped here from Vienna to fulfil a longtime dream of seeing the place where Joseph Haydn worked for nearly 30 years (a dream of many classical music nuts like myself). In my eyes, it is a great value side trip - the Austrian rail's special "EuRegio" ticket for EUR19 takes you there and back on a direct train from Vienna, and EUR4 gets you entry with a guided tour of the palace. Staff only speak very basic English but that's not really a problem; Hungarian or German (which I speak) work perfectly. Euros are accepted if you don't have Forints.

The palace is lovely and very much alive with history. Plenty of nice furniture, paintings and precious homewares to admire. The tour route is well set-up and makes sense. I found the souvenir shop reasonable value, with beautiful postcards of the palace. Extensive restoration works were underway when I visited, so I'll definitely go back someday to see it in its full glory.

Granted, there's pretty much nothing to do in Fertod once you're done with the palace. But hey, who doesn't like the novelty of finding yourself in a random place like this and being able to tell people about it when you go home! It provided me with one of those days which makes a vacation all the more memorable.
Written 26 November 2011
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Ferenc10
Budapest150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2015 • Solo
The main reason I visited the palace was a concert of baroque music. Composer Joseph Haydn worked some years for the Duke of Eszterházy, so the baroque-rococo palace is a perfect place for such events. The full renovation of the once Marionette theatre have been completed in a unique style, and it was the venue of the concert. The full restoration of the palace complex is still in progress, so it is advisable to check the website of the palace for information. There are just guided tours mainly in Hungarian, but also in German and in English (check the web). I would recommend to park your vehicle on the main street of the village and walk 200 meters to the main gate of the palace, where you can find the ticket office. If you are a music fun, you can combine your visit of the palace with a visit of a concert in summer. The court and the park are open for the public till sunset (free).
Written 7 July 2015
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Matthias W
Vienna, Austria538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
It is quite a trip to get to this place, you either can combine it with the Esterhazy Palace on the Austrian side and then continue with 2 trains and 1 bus, or you just go from Vienna (or Budapest) by train to Fertoszentmiklos and then walk 3 kilometers.
So the actual trip aside it is really a very amazing palace. Most of the rooms are already renovated, while more are listed to be renovated. Astonishing rococo rooms and a large garden. While I was visiting, they had in addition a porcelain collection on display. Tours itself are available in hungarian, english, german. As native german speaker I took the german tour, which was very precise and on the point, so I really enjoyed it. It is allowed to take photographs inside the palace (obviously without flash).
Written 12 November 2014
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citytoursdresden
Freital, Germany65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
It is a Palace of the noble family Eszterhazy. It is beautifully located in the small town of Fertöd surrounded by a very well kept park.

There are guided tours in English and German and a little train is running around the garden if it is too hot to walk.
Written 6 September 2017
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Lucie B
Prague, Czech Republic143 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
park great for bikerides, castle is bit poor after seeing so many lavish residences in Europe. It is excellent to see the work in progress and rooms and frescoes being under ongoing reconstruction but there is so many castles full of frescoes , furniture, dresses, original paintings and floors so this seems a bit poor. Still we are happy we came and supported the renovations project
Written 31 August 2019
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DonPaulo
Richmond, Virginia1,233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We visited ten years ago and there was little to see because of repairs and renovations. Much has been done, but not nearly half.
We took the German tour. You may not tour on your own. Alas, our guide had little personality and basically recited a script. The information was not worth the 11€ per person, but we looked at it as a contribution to the restoration. Generally spoken, I am not a fan of palaces and this is no exception. What I did come to understand was why it is so hard to get concert tickets for Fertöd. The recital hall is much smaller than most competing venues, even the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt.
The gardens are much improved from our last visit, but much of the newly planted vegetation will need a few more years to grow.
If you have seen a few other palaces, Fertöd may not be worth the trip. But if you have not seen many, or if you just love palaces, it is but an hour from Austria.
On our visit, two young students were playing flutes outside the main entrance to the palace building. These two school girls were obviously advanced students as the pieces they chose were quite difficult and they played them flawlessly. The staff of Fertöd should be encouraged to allow students such as these onto the premises where Hayden was musical director. They add to the beauty and charm of the palace and earn a few Forints to keep them coming back.
Written 21 September 2017
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