The over HUF 2 billion development project of the Keszthely Helikon Castle Museum started with the signing of the building contract and the handover of the project area.
Helikon Castle Museum Public Benefit Nonprofit Ltd. won an over HUF 2 billion non-repayable European Union subsidy with its project entitled Weekdays and Holidays in a Duke’s Castle – Centuries of the Festetics Castle.
Construction will be ongoing in three primary sites within the institution. In the castle’s main building the main gate and its surroundings will be renovated, along with the upstairs exhibition hall, the area of the wine museum located in the cellar, the office wing, the supply entrance and the refrigerator house as well as the temporary exhibition area, on a total of 1,500 square meters.
The most significant component of the development, with an approximately HUF 1.1 billion budget is the touristic utilization of the former Amazon hotel, the rescuing of the degraded historic monument building. In the renovated building a permanent exhibition will commence, entitled Noble travels, and an Old-Timer car visitor center will also be located here. A multifunctional event venue will also be developed for cultural programs in the same spot.
As the third component of the investment project, the palm house of the castle will be renovated, as a new special sight to see, the butterfly house and the plant house will also be part of the tourist route.
According to the plans, it will be possible to visit every exhibition of the museum for the entire duration of the renovation project.
The investment project will expectable be concluded by the end of 2015. The principal objective of the development is to increase the touristic attraction power of the Festetics Castle, the utilization of the Festetics legacy.
By discovering the so far unutilized opportunities, by the building renovations, by the development of an integrated visitor system and by the creation of a new image they intend to establish such a complex tourist attraction in this outstanding ensemble of historic monuments of Hungary, which conforms to the expectations of the 21st century from all aspects.