Records first mention Csesznek as early as 1234, with it's castle having been built by the Csák Clan soon after the Mongol Invasion. Added to and changed by several families over the years, including the Garai and Török families during the mid and latter 1400s, the castle last served in a military manner in the early 1700s housing Habsburg troops. By the latter 18th century it was considered the district seat, having served as a fortress throughout centuries of conflict, including those with the Turkish/Ottoman Empire. It is said that an earthquake in 1810 damaged the castle, which has been under excavation and restoration since 1967.
We first saw this castle on the cover of a map of Hungary. As you know from one of our previous blogs, these things absolutely fascinate us. So we met up with the Heaths, from Budapest, and drove from Papa up to Csesznek.
It cost us a 500 forints ($2.18) each to go in, but we had access to most of the ruins.
Each place we went to we tried to visualize which room it was. (judge for yourself),
After finding the bedroom Shauna was ready for a nap.
This is Prince Heath. (Rod) from Bountiful,
and his lovely princess, Ann.
This is the hired help trying to find the kitchen!
Imagine cleaning these walls and windows, wait they didn't have glass.
It's not bad to look out the window at the scenery either.
We were united in our guess that this was the family room. Notice the stone for chairs. We wondered what show they would be watching probably Shrek.
We were free to wander anywhere we wanted to and we didn't even get lost.
This part of the castle was where they put the unwelcome guests!
Rupunzel, Rupunzel, let down your hair. What, I need to wait 50 more years for it to reach me.
There were some great views from every window,
and some cool looking sheep with pointed horns.
Now if I can just find MY castle!