Today's update includes photos of two castles in Transdanubia that I was able to visit back in 1998. Both belonged to families that once were rather influential in Hungary: the Nádasdy and Esterházy families.
Although the Ottoman Empire was approaching the area SE of Devecser rather fast, its lord András Choron was able to build his castle with artistic value in mind. The remains of renaissance design and architectural elements testify his taste - and wealth. Miklós Esterházy came into possession of the castle and domain in 1626 and thus starting the 300 years long ownership of the Esterházy family. The castle was redesigned in 1790.
Following 1945 the castle became state property and later the town library and cultural centre found home in its spacious rooms.
In the area northeast of the castle one can find a nice garden that once belonged to the centre of the domain.
The Sárvár castle in its current form is mainly a product of a construction between 1588 and 1615. In these haydays the owners of the castle were two outstanding members of the Nádasdy family: Ferenc and Pál. They built a renaissance castle surrounded by a strong pentagonal wall fortified with bastions.
Posted on: January 15, 2009 13:29 (CET) Permalink
Yesterday's update at RoamHungary was based on a trip made to the highest point of Budapest, János Hill. (János translates to John in English.) The fun way to reach the summit is the lift chair called Libegő. The lower station of Libegő in Zugliget is easily accessible using bus line no. 158 from Moszkva Square.
The chairlift track is 1040 m long, its vertical rise 262 m and the travel time of the two person chairs is 12 minutes. Libegő started in 1970.
Having arrived at the János Hill summit station a few minutes walk takes on to the hill top where the Erzsébet lookout tower is located. Erzsébet translates to Elizabeth in English and refers to Franz Joseph's wife, Sissy. The lookout tower goes by the Belvedere Tower name, as well. Its architect was Frigyes Schulek, the same man who designed two more top attractions in Budapest: Fisherman's Bastion in Buda Castle and the reconstruction of Matthias Church just next to the bastion.
János Hill is one of the several mounts dividing Budapest from the area west of it. The lookout tower on the hill top offers great vistas to all directions.
Posted on: January 12, 2009 11:17 (CET) Permalink
This blog was created to report updates and additions to the growing collection of photos showing places, sights, culture and people of Hungary. I plan to comment on the pictures that are added, picking the favorites and leaving the rest to critics :-). Hungary has so many faces that there is nothing that can reduce the variety of images coming to RoamHungary!
There is no better place to start off the exploration of Hungary than the former center of Hungary's road system, the Zero Kilometre Stone located on Budapest's Adam Clark Square:
(To illustrate the central role of Budapest in Hungary, I could mention that all of Hungary's main roads (from M1 to 9) start from Budapest.) The Zero Kilometer Stone was originally placed at the entrance of the Royal Palace, then it was relocated to Adam Clark Square when the Széchenyi Chain Bridge was built in the 1840s. The bridge in the upper center area of the photo is nicely lighted, while the Zero Kilometer Stone on the roundshaped square is in almost darkness, slightly left and lower from the center of the picture.
Posted on: January 6, 2009 23:12 (CET) Permalink