The legend of the Castle dates back to the reign of King Matthias and is mostly linked with the fight against the Turks. It was named after its most famous defender, György Thury. This was the place where princess Beatrice of Aragon prepared for her next day coronation. Then the castle was rebuilt and given its present day appearance. During the archaeological excavations, unique medieval paintings were dug up, which are special because they depict other than church-related events.
Today’s visitors can visit ten different exhibitions in the Thury Castle. The building hosts a Mining History Collection and a unique collection consisting of nearly a hundred full traditional Hungarian costumes as well as uniforms from various eras, ranging from the Hungarian conquest to our present times. It is worth visiting the castle also as in the event centre: here you can be part of weddings, concerts and events from the age of the Renaissance, etc..
8100 Várpalota, Hunyadi Mátyás tér 1.
+36 88 371 299
Mining History Collection
The town’s mining history collection can be found in the Thury Castle, exhibiting mine shafts, rescue equipment, lighting equipment used in the mines, minerals, rocks, fossils and the palaeontological findings of the sand mine.
8100 Várpalota, Hunyadi Mátyás tér 1., Thury-vár
+36 88 472 391
Zichy Palace - Trianon Museum
One of the Zichy families living in Várpalota started building the Zichy Palace situated on the Palace Hill in the first half of the 18th century. The building standing in a prominent part of the town burnt down a century later. At that time the art-loving landlord, János Waldstein owned the palace through his wife, Terézia Zichy. He had the palace rebuilt according to the plans of Miklós Ybl. The downstairs, nicely-renovated hall was originally a chapel and was used as a garage during the world wars. The beautiful wooden shelves and special wooden covers of the upstairs library have been preserved for posterity, however, its books were destroyed in 1913. With its ceiling frescos recalling mythological times, the library room is still a centre for cultural events. The Waldstein-Zichy coat of arms on the façade of the building dates back to 1876. Today the building hosts the Trianon Museum, presenting the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the Carpathian Basin as well as the demographic and economic preliminaries of the peace treaty in the 20th century. The exhibition focuses on the history and consequences of the Treaty of Trianon, the Vienna Award and the Paris Peace Treaty.
May 7 - October 31. 10:00-17:00 (on Monday pre-registration is required)
November 1 - May 6.: pre-registration is required.
8100 Várpalota, Gróf Apponyi Albert liget 1.
+36 88 372 721
Nagy Gyula Gallery - Synagogue
The classicistic building of the Gallery built in the 19th century served as a synagogue until 1975 and, apart from the loft, it has been preserved in its original state. In the loft, the statuette heritage of sculptor Frigyes Matzon (1909-1986) can be seen within the scope of a permanent exhibition. You can also visit temporary exhibitions of the fine arts and other cultural events between April 1 and November 30.
April 1 - October 31.: 13:00-17:00 except Monday
8100 Várpalota, Szent István u. 3.
+36 88 472 305
Fodor Sára Country House and Local Heritage Collection
The building of the Country House hides between the former County House and modern, 10-storey buildings. This peasant house shows us tools that the peasants and craftsmen of the village and the region once used. The permanent exhibitions reveal the tools and equipment of life in the palace and the way they were used by lime-burners, farmers, potters, fullers, wheel smiths and gingerbread-makers on a daily basis.
10:00-18:00 except Monday
8100 Várpalota, Jókai u. 15.
+36 88 472 305