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A living castle in Zemplén

Füzér in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, one of the few surviving castles in Hungary that preserves unusual architecture, is the site of unique historic reconstruction works.

The reconstruction of the buildings of the castle complex, due to be completed by the end of 2015, is intended to allow visitors to feel as if they are part of the life of the castle.

The castle atop a steep mount rising from and watching over the countryside is a true spectacle that whisks visitors back in time.

The aim of the tourism development is to turn Füzér Castle into a fitting showcase for Hungarian history of the 16th and 17th centuries, illustrating the day-to-day lives of the people who lived there as well as the customs of those times using the wealth of knowledge available about this very diverse period. To achieve this, architectural solutions in keeping with the period, interior furnishings made using archival sources and the presentation of crafts whose functions evoke this era are employed. 

Under the investment the castle will regain its medieval splendour, and the great hall, the chapel and the lower bastion will be restored. A trip to see these will offer an exciting, informative experience for families and schoolchildren. 

When the project is complete, an interactive exhibition will show visitors how people lived in the 16th and 17th centuries, the treasury, the architectural history of the castle and the circumstances that surrounded the keeping of the Holy Crown of Hungary there for a brief period.

The village offers complex service packages for tourists. There is a visitor centre related to the castle, a regional house museum and a crafts house, and the village also boasts one of Hungary’s most beautiful rural Reformed churches. Nearby, hikers can explore popular footpaths and climb to the top of the highest local peak, the Nagy-Milic, to enjoy the magnificent panoramas over Zemplén and the contours of the Carpathians.