The Historic Parks and Gardens Festival opens this weekend. Visitors are invited to explore the beautiful surrounds of the Esterházy Castle near Fertőd, and the Széchényi estate on Nagycenk.
The Esterházy Castle is one of the most remarkable examples of Baroque-style garden planning. The park and the surrounding forests, including the Lés-forest were considered to be up to the highest European standards in the late 18th century, a rare sight the upper classes travelled all the way across the continent just to marvel upon.
“We are part of the Baroque era, and we want the whole of Europe to know,” said curator Katalin Egresitsné Firtl.
The Széchényi estate has a unique history as well. Spanning across seven hectares, the park charts the development of classic English garden planning. The versatile wild life, rare plants and special design perfectly preserve the tastes of a by-gone era. The most-visited sight? The luscious green double fence running across the whole park. The twenty meter wild, two kilometer long fence comprising of linden trees has been classified as a world heritage site.
Tours and special lectures will take place across the weekend, while both locations will be open for visitors on Pentecost Monday.
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