The Festetics-Chernel Palace

Culture & Heritage

A Storied Legacy of Elegance and Scientific Advancement

The Festetics Palace holds a rich history that intertwines elegance, scientific pursuits, and notable figures. Originally composed of two smaller houses owned by the Nádasdy family, it was transformed into a magnificent late Baroque-Rococo style building in 1766 by József Kelcz, a prominent lawyer. In 1802, Count Imre Festetics, renowned as the father of the science of genetics, acquired the palace after retiring from military service. The Chernel family later inherited the palace, with historian Kálmán Chernel and his son, ornithologist István Chernel, leaving their indelible mark. Today, the Festetics Palace stands as a testament to both the grandeur of the past and the pursuit of scientific knowledge.