Botanical walks in the garden of the Károlyi palace in Fehérvárcsurgó
Use after successful restoration of the garden
2014 the garden of one of the 19th century palaces of the Károlyi family in Fehérvárcsurgó in Hungary (close to Székesféhervár) was done with European Union funds. After the restoration the garden is open to guided visits all year long, and during the year also meetings in garden and landscape architecture take place here.
Maria Bostenaru 2018 / CC BY
Garden of the Károlyi castle in Fehérvárcsurgó
The castle of Fehérvárcsurgó with its garden were built in the 19th century by György Károlyi, from the Károlyi count family (nephew of the count Károlyi Antal in Carei). The Károlyi count family was originar from Carei, Romania, where there is also a castle with historical garden about the restoration of which we wrote previously.
The castle building was planned by the architect Miklos Ybl 1844-1851, representing Viennaise architect Heinrich Koch, the most important Hungarian architect of all times, who started his career in the service of the Károlyi counts.
The garden of the castle is a 22,5 ha historical garden, restored after 2014 with European Union funds through the Károlyi József foundation. The foundation was started in 1997 by György Károlyi, currently living in Paris. The encounter place in the castle is part of the European Cultural Encounters Network. This plan got in 1995 the UNESCO emblem of the cultural world heritage decade. The restoration encompassed new plants, but also new water in the dry lake and renewal of pavillions and bridges.
Once a month, irrespective of weather and during all seasons, one can enjoy the castle park (see link) through guided botanical visits. The guide is an environmental and agrarian engineer. During the visit not only the history, but also the recent restoration (new plants) are presented. The visit takes 2h and the tickets can be purchased together with the visit of the castle.
Apart of the botanical guided tours, there are national and international meetings in garden and landscape taking place in the castle in spring.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.