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Esterháza Castle near Fertöd, Hungary

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Esterháza Castle is situated south-east of Lake Neusiedl, in what is Hungary today.
Prince Nicolaus I had travelled to Frankfurt/Main to attend the coronation of Joseph II as Roman King and used the opportunity to travel on to Versailles. He decided to build a similar castle and commissioned the imperial architect Mödlhammer and Melchior Heesel.

The superb baroque building, which shows similarities to Schönbrunn/Vienna, consists of a main building and an open staircase to the central part, ending in a balcony. In 1766 Esterháza Castle was the most magnificent castle of Hungary.


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