Keszthely [ kɛsthɛj ] ( German: Kesthell ) is a town with approximately 23,000 inhabitants today on an area of ​​75.98 square kilometers on the western shore of Lake Balaton in Hungary. It belongs to the county ( County ) Zala.


The place at the lake has been inhabited since the Roman era, in which the Keszthely culture emerged. The style of leadership and the mindset of the magnate family FESTETICS the city owes its historical significance, the first mentioned in 1247 in a document. Since 1421, the city has the right to hold markets. Their growth was interrupted by the Turkish wars, but never taken the city. In the 18th century it rose to become the intellectual center of the region. She also owes the FESTETICS, one originating from Croatia noble family, whose Count György Festetics founded the Georgicon in 1797. It was an agricultural college that contributed significantly in the 19th century to the national consciousness of the Hungarians. Today it is the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Veszprém.

Began in the 19th century with tourism is another important development. Today it is the largest industry dar. Keszthely has large banks of hotels and several shops in the pedestrian zone, the Kossuth Lajos utca as well as a Baroque city center.


The baroque palace of FESTETICS north of the city forms a U-shape and is surrounded by a park. Christoph Festetics it was built in 1745. His son Pál expanded it in the 1860s under the leadership of Christopher Hofstadter, who also designed the park. The last expansion in the 1880s was designed by the architect Viktor Mayer lumber. In the rooms of the castle can be visited items from the 17th to the 19th century. Among them are the Delft - tiled stoves to find Empire chairs and ornate inlaid tables. In addition, the Helikon Library is located (Hungarian: Helikon könyvtár ) in the castle. The interior was created by master carpenter Keszthely János chervil and houses over 50,000 volumes.

In the south of the city, the Balaton Museum is a geological and archaeological collection. It shows evidence of Avar and Celtic culture, facts geological evolution of the Balaton region and the flora of the lake and the work of the people.

Furthermore, the former Carmelite church Basilica of St. Theresa is in Keszthely.


View of the castle from the castle garden, FESTETICS

Panoramic image of Flo tér in downtown Keszthely

Church in Keszthely

Twin Cities

  • Germany Boppard ( Germany )
  • Netherlands Hof van Twente (Netherlands)
  • Levoča Slovakia (Slovakia )
  • Turnov Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
  • Poland Piwniczna -Zdrój (Poland )
  • Slovenia Piran ( Slovenia)
  • Turkey Alanya ( Turkey)


  • David Black, the Hungarian- Austrian inventor
  • Karl Goldmark, Hungarian - Austrian composer
  • János Schadl, painter