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count Festetics Castle Hall of mirrors
Hungary

Hungary which can be hit on Dég one of the most beautiful ones - and only can be visited - a classicist's castle, that the largest amusement park of our homeland encompasses it. Many legends are connected with the castle: it is mentioned as the Hungary Freemasonry's secret centre. Although evidences did not stay up from mysterious assemblies, it fact, that more than the domestic freemasons' secret archives were preserved between the walls of the castle through a century, and it having built, Festetics Antal was a freemason.

Village with 2,500 inhabitants on a typical area of Mezőföld, in the valley of the Bozót brook. It was first mentioned in a deed of gift in 1138. In 1769 it became a property of the Festetics family. Antal Festetics was the first who chose Dég to be the centre of his estates. He built his castle, which still stands, between 1815-1819 upon Mihály Pollack's plans. The beautiful neoclassical building (a listed monument) with its impressive size and harmonic dimensions has an outstanding place among the castles of Hungary. There are a lot of rarities in the 25 hectare highly protected park of the castle. The peduncular oak trees with their girth of 3-5 m are fascinating. The Dutch house stands on one of the artificial islands of the castle park. It used to be an agricultural museum of the region. A flood almost destroyed the building, which is slowly becoming the symbol of the beauty of Mezőföld. Since then the exhibition has not been opened. The House of the Regional Traditions is a new sight of Dég. The Antal Festetics Foundation was founded with the aim to facilitate the utilization of the castle, and it also organizes permanent and temporary exhibitions and classical music concerts until the completion of the utilization. Another sight is the Roman Catholic church and the parsonage. Both of them are listed monuments. This year the house of regional traditions will be accomplished. A hiking path will be made towards the counts' cemetery in the depths of the forest. The castle itself can be visited from April to October. The events, concerts and exhibitions of the castle are worth visiting. There is also a fishing association in the village; the lake of the castle is ideal for fishing. The village offers high standard accommodation. Besides a pension there is a forest school and church accommodation. Hunting is co-ordinated by the Nimród Hunting Association. Outstanding event of the village is the meeting of folk dance groups, which will be organized for the fifth time in July. The Village Day is organized in July, too. Summer end festival is held around 20th August. The tourist season ends with a vintage procession and ball in October.

Copyright: Tibor Illes
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Taken: 11/11/2008
Uploaded: 20/11/2008
Updated: 06/01/2019
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Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország, in English officially the Republic of Hungary (Magyar Köztársaság), literally Magyar (Hungarian) Republic), is a landlocked country in the Carpathian Basin of Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Its capital is Budapest. Hungary is a member of OECD, NATO, EU, V4 and is a Schengen state. The official language is Hungarian, which is part of the Finno-Ugric family, thus one of the four official languages of the European Union that are not of Indo-European origin.Following a Celtic (after c. 450 BC) and a Roman (9 AD – c. 430) period, the foundation of Hungary was laid in the late 9th century by the Hungarian ruler Árpád, whose great-grandson Stephen I of Hungary was crowned with a crown sent from Rome by the pope in 1000. After being recognized as a kingdom, Hungary remained a monarchy for 946 years, and at various points was regarded as one of the cultural centers of the Western world. A significant power until the end of World War I, Hungary lost over 70% of its territory, along with 3.3 million people of Hungarian ethnicity, under the Treaty of Trianon, the terms of which have been considered excessively harsh by many in Hungary. Hungary lost eight of its ten biggest cities as well. The kingdom was succeeded by a Communist era (1947–1989) during which Hungary gained widespread international attention regarding the Revolution of 1956 and the seminal move of opening its border with Austria in 1989, thus accelerating the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. The present form of government is a parliamentary republic (since 1989). Today, Hungary is a high-income economy, and a regional leader regarding certain markers.In the past decade, Hungary was listed as one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world. The country is home to the largest thermal water cave system and the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grasslands in Europe (Hortobágy).Slightly more than one half of Hungary's landscape consists of flat to rolling plains of the Pannonian Basin: the most important plain regions include the Little Hungarian Plain in the west, and the Great Hungarian Plain in the southeast. The highest elevation above sea level on the latter is only 183 metres.Transdanubia is a primarily hilly region with a terrain varied by low mountains. These include the very eastern stretch of the Alps, Alpokalja, in the west of the country, the Transdanubian Medium Mountains, in the central region of Transdanubia, and the Mecsek Mountains and Villány Mountains in the south. The highest point of the area is the Írott-kő in the Alps, at 882 metres.The highest mountains of the country are located in the Carpathians: these lie in the northern parts, in a wide band along the Slovakian border (highest point: the Kékes at 1,014 m/3,327 ft).Hungary is divided in two by its main waterway, the Danube (Duna); other large rivers include the Tisza and Dráva, while Transdanubia contains Lake Balaton, a major body of water. The largest thermal lake in the world, Lake Hévíz (Hévíz Spa), is located in Hungary. The second largest lake in the Pannonian Basin is the artificial Lake Tisza (Tisza-tó).Phytogeographically, Hungary belongs to the Central European province of the Circumboreal Region within the Boreal Kingdom. According to the WWF, the territory of Hungary belongs to the ecoregion of Pannonian mixed forests.Hungary has a Continental climate, with hot summers with low overall humidity levels but frequent rainshowers and frigid to cold snowy winters. Average annual temperature is 9.7 °C (49.5 °F). Temperature extremes are about 42 °C (107.6 °F) in the summer and −29 °C (−20.2 °F) in the winter. Average temperature in the summer is 27 °C (80.6 °F) to 35 °C (95 °F) and in the winter it is 0 °C (32 °F) to −15 °C (5.0 °F). The average yearly rainfall is approximately 600 mm (23.6 in). A small, southern region of the country near Pécs enjoys a reputation for a Mediterranean climate, but in reality it is only slightly warmer than the rest of the country and still receives snow during the winter. Tibor IllesITB Panorama Photo


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