Once it was the industrial centre of the region: it was famous for its mining and chemical industry. The town has recently been revived with a flourishing cultural life and the castle being the ultimate centre. The history of the Thury Castle dates back to medieval times: it was an important stronghold in the fight against the Turks. The town was mentioned by several writers, including Kálmán Mikszáth, Ferenc Móra, Gyula Krúdy and Sándor Petőfi, in their books. Today 10 different exhibitions can be visited in the castle and you can see the representatives of various dance styles during the performances of the Várudvari Theatre or you can mingle with the crowd wearing fancy dresses during the Thury Castle Days, exploring life in the Middle Ages. There are fishing ponds near the town, so you can abandon yourself to your hobby, hoping for a good catch.

How to come here

Várpalota lies along road 8, so it is easily accessible by car. A number of bus and coach services stop here. It has a railway station and is part of the Szombathely-Székesfehérvár railway line.


Nagy Gyula Galéria; Bányászattörténeti Gyűjtemény; Thury-vár; Zichy-kastély - Trianon Múzeum; Fodor Sára Tájház és Helytörténeti Gyűjtemény; Pusztapalota (Bátorkő vára); Szabó-féle homokbánya természetvédelmi terület; Burok-völgy; Öreg Futóné

Contact of the local government

Common Local Government Office of Várpalota

8100 Gárdonyi Géza u. 39.

Tel.: +36 (88) 592672

Fax.: +36 (88) 575760

E-mail: varpalota@varpalota.hu