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Keszthely - Hungary

Confirmation of Town Twinning: - in Keszthely on 29.05.1997 - in Boppard on 03.10.1997
Geographical Position: northwest bank of the Balaton
Number of Inhabitants: approx. 22,000
Mayor: Ruzsics Ferenc
Liaison Person in Keszthely: Ferenc Kaloczi · Egri Joszef Ut., 8360 Keszthely
Liaison Person in Boppard: Karlheinz Scherer · Schützenstraße 5, 56154 Boppard, Tel. 06742/2209
Internet Website: http://www.keszthely.hu

Keszthely, (pronounced Kess-stay-ee) the largest town on the banks of the Balaton is known as the "Capital of the Balaton". It is rich with history, culture and artistic monuments. Keszthely and its immediate surroundings have been thickly populated since the Early Stone Age. This speaks volumes for the wonderful natural features, the pleasant Mediterranean climate with an average temperature of 15 °C and more than 1,800 hours of sunshine. The ruins of the fortress in Fenékpuszta tell their story of the past centuries. This is where Theoderick the Great spent some time. In the Middle Ages, Keszthely was already the centre of the region. The Franciscan church on the main square, which is the largest Gothic church of this area, was built in 1386. In the middle of the 18th Century the Festetics family became proprietors of the town. Kristóf Festetics had a wonderful Baroque palace built at the beginning of 1745. It has kept its form from 1887 and today houses a museum, international conference rooms and mirrored halls for musical extravaganzas, as well as a library with over 86,000 volumes. At the turn of the 18th / 19th Century Keszthely was considered the intellectual centre of the Trans-Danube. In 1797, Count György Festetics founded the first agricultural school in Europe, the Georgikon. The Balaton, its surroundings and the lifestyle of its people are portrayed in the ongoing exhibition at the Balaton Museum. The building is Neo-Baroque style, and belongs to the most beautiful buildings in the town. The most interesting building on Kossuth-Lajos Street, today's pedestrian area, which leads from the main square to the Festetics Palace, is without doubt the Baroque style Pethö House which is built on Gothic foundations. This is where the composer Károly Goldmark was born on 19.05.1830. Today, the multicultural town of Keszthely can offer any guest whatever cultural event his or her heart may desire. Alongside bathing in the Balaton, you can also sail, surf, ride, play tennis, go on boat journeys, fish, and experience back-to-the-roots nature on 15,000 ha of the Kisbalaton, or enjoy excellent Hungarian wine in the many small Borozo around the Badasconi.
 What else could you want?