Hédervár Castle - The most beautiful sight in Szigetköz?

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Hédervár Castle - The most beautiful sight in Szigetköz?

Szigetköz boasts a wealth of attractions, among them the picturesque Hédervár castle, which unfortunately has been unused for years in the beautiful park.

The history of Hédervár Castle

The history of the settlement called Hédervár is deeply rooted, and the history of the castle is closely connected to the settlement. In the Middle Ages, the knight Héder probably had a castle built for himself in the middle of the 12th century, which was probably made of wood and stood at the end of the present-day castle's park, on the Jewish Hill. The building was destroyed during the Tatar invasion.

However, IV. During Béla's reign, many castles and residential towers were built in the country, and Ferenc Héderváry managed to regain the property in 1521. He rebuilt the castle in Renaissance style. The castle later took on a baroque form in the second half of the 18th century, and in the 19th century Károly Khuen-Héderváry transformed it into a romantic style. The English park surrounding the castle was designed by Bernhard Petri, who also planted exotic trees here, such as the Chinese fern pine and the American tulip tree.


The oldest part of the castle dates back to the 13th century, represented by the hexagonal southeast tower. This tower was probably once a free-standing structure. In later times, the residential tower was expanded in the Gothic and Renaissance styles. The XVI. At the beginning of the 19th century, István Héderváry had a multi-storey Renaissance castle built, which was the predecessor of today's castle.


In 1755, the Baroque construction of the castle was commissioned by Mihály Viczay. They expanded the castle, filled up the castle moat, and built new tracts around the square courtyard. The castle also housed a library with 15,000 volumes and a collection of tens of thousands of medals.


However, after the death of Mihály Viczay, most of his collections were auctioned off. Among the descendants of the Héderváry family, Károly Khuen-Héderváry is one of the most significant figures, who rebuilt the castle between 1906 and 1907 based on the plans of the architect István Möller. A series of new representative rooms, hunting rooms and salons were created in the castle.


The castle has three towers, which are believed to be located on the borders of the old counties. The beauty of the building is the courtyard, where there are Gothic windows, Renaissance round windows and a baroque wrought iron candelabra.


However, the fate of the castle changed over the years. With the land reform of 1945, the counts of Hédervár were deprived of their possessions, and later the castle functioned as a folk college. From 1983, it served as a creative house, then underwent renovations from 2002 to 2004. After the renovations, the Hédervár Castle Hotel opened its doors in the spring of 2004, but it has been closed since 2012 due to legal disputes.


Hédervár is only 10 minutes from the Regia Pension by car, but you can easily visit the wonderful castle by bike, as the cycle path starts at the entrance to the Pension. If you are looking for an accommodation in the Szigetköz, from which you can easily visit all the sights, as well as located on the banks of the Danube, then look no further! The Regia Panzió has a direct connection to the waterfront, the view from the accommodation and the terrace is unparalleled! Reserve a room by filling out the form below!


 

Hédervár Castle Park

In the 1790s, Bernhard Petri (1768–1853) created an emotional landscape garden here, which partially extended its branches in the area of the former Baroque park. There is a small stream in the park, on which you can see an island with a Centaur statue. The garden consists of bridges, garden vases, stone chairs, a neo-Gothic garden house, a Romanesque church, picturesque tree-lined areas and groves.

 

Other attractions in the area:


•    Újrónafő, Gött-kastély
•    Ikrény, Lamberg-Merán kastély
•    Egyed, Festetics-kastély
•    Győr-Ménfőcsanak, Bezerédj-kastély
 
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