Recreation At the Art Colony

Károlyi Palace

The Károlyi Palace, also referred to as Károlyi Castle, is a 19th-century architectural masterpiece showcasing Classicist and Eclectic styles. Situated in the village of Fehérvárcsurgó within Hungary’s Fejér County, this complex was commissioned by György Károlyi of the esteemed Károlyi noble family. The design is credited to architects Henrich Koch and Miklós Ybl.

This single-story Classicist structure features a central avant-corps, a tympanum, and encompasses 20 rooms, a chapel, a library, a conference hall, and a restaurant. A notable 30-meter-high tower adorns one side of the castle, adorned with smaller towers on each corner, each connected by balustrades. In the courtyard, the architects designed a charming French garden.

Surrounding the palace is a vast 40-hectare arboretum, boasting a rich collection of pines, lindens, oaks, and chestnuts, complemented by lakes, promenades, and bridges. Beginning in 2014, an extensive renovation initiative was launched for the castle park, involving the rejuvenation of the central area, planting of trees and shrubs, and the restoration of the once-dried-up lake, bridges, and garden pavilions, ensuring the preservation of this historic and picturesque estate.

 

István Károlyi was the final proprietor of the estate. Post-World War II, the castle and grounds underwent a transfer of ownership from the Károlyi family to nationalization without compensation. In 1997, the József Károlyi Foundation, established by Paris-resident György Károlyi, entered into a cooperative agreement with the state for the joint restoration and utilization of the castle. Presently, the Palace Cultural Center holds membership in the European Network of Cultural Centers. Concurrently, overseeing the scientific and cultural initiatives of the foundation, Károlyi Castle Development and Operations Ltd. manages the castle

Today, the palace serves as a venue for a museum, library, a high-end hotel, and a sophisticated restaurant.

Exploring the palace is akin to a journey through time, and a visit to its restaurant for delectable cakes is an absolute must. The expansive and splendid park surrounding it offers an ideal setting for hiking, relaxation, and contemplation.

Since 2019, H.E. Ambassador György Károlyi and his wife, Angelica Károlyi, have collaborated with the International Art Colony, generously sponsoring the Colony by hosting our special focus exhibitions at the palace.

Situated approximately 1 km from Jerry Hunter’s Lodge and 3 km from the village, the palace beckons with its rich offerings.

Admission: Free of charge.

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