Hungary's spotlight - The Esterházy palace in Fertőd
Good day! As I promised before, I'm ready to share some information with you about my photos and destinations. :) Today let's start in a small town of Hungary, called Fertőd.
25 kilometers far from Sopron, there was a little village with a malarial swampland - until 1720, when the Esterhazys decided to build a beautiful baroque castle to their splendid palace, the 'Hungarian Versailles'. Swamp was gone, culture and aristocratic families were come, and from 1766 a new era has began for Fertod.
Apart from the Baroque theatre, the building complex of this resplendent palace has remained intact. Many of the exhibitions in the museum housed here conjure up the building's heyday under Prince Miklos Esterhazy Fenyes (1762-1790). Rich gold-plated halls, period wall paintings, lacquer plates brought from China, 18th-century furniture with embroidered upholstery and porcelain display the fashion of the period, befitting of a Baroque-Rococo princely court. The great Austrian composer Joseph Haydn lived and worked here for nearly half of his active period, namely from 1766 until 1790.
The exterior of palace is U-shaped - wings and ceremonial stairway sweep up to a three-storey Baroque facade, whose distinctive rich ochre colour has recently been repainted a rather more sombre grey. At the back, you can walk in French Gardens, or the beautiful botanical garden which is 300 hectares huge. You can find gingkos, beautiful formal gardens, age-long lime-trees and beeches there and admire the south yellow frontage with tympanum.
Inside you can visit 23 rooms - the highlights of the ground floor are the panelled and gilded Sala Terrena and several blue-and-white chinoiserie salons, their walls painted by fairly mediocre artists – unlike the superb fresco on the ceiling of the Banqueting Hall upstairs, by J.B. Grundemann. An adjacent room displays Haydn memorabilia from the period following his appointment as the Esterházy Kapellmeister in 1761, though the exhibition mainly consists of photocopied texts and old Hungaroton record sleeves.
Concerts (5000huf) are held here during July and August, usually on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; tickets can be purchased from the palace.
I hope if you visit my small country, won't miss this little diamond. :)
Photo credits: Aginger.