Located in the north-western corner of Lake Balaton, Keszthely is a popular spa and university city.
Besides its open-air swimming pools and its harbour, it also possesses numerous museums.
The city’s most eminent historic building is the Baroque style Festetics Palace, built in the 18th century. It is presently home to the Helikon Palace-Museum, and to the Helikon Library; the latter was founded in the 18th century and is one of the Palace’s most valuable assets.
The Franciscan Church in the main square of the city is of Gothic origin (1386); its frescoes date from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Exhibitions of the region’s ethnographic and historic memorabilia can be viewed in the Lake Balaton Museum.
Keszthely - Festetics Mansion
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Excursions around Keszthely
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Located on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, Balatonfüred is a popular tourist resort. In 1971it was the first city in Hungary to be declared a Health-and Holiday-City, while in 1987 it became an International Grape and Wine City.
The special sitting of its Baroque church and monastery on the peninsula of Lake Balaton make Tihany one of the most attractive monastic monuments for tourists.