Deep in the suburbs of the small medieval town of Sopron in Hungary, the white turrets and towers of Taródi Vár peak out over thick trees. The castle comes complete with all the prerequisites for a fairy dark stone passageways, stained-glass windows covered in vines, torturous rope bridges, terraces, and bastions. Taródi Vár is now almost 50 years old, though it still appears to be a work in progress. While parts of it are crumbling, perhaps from neglect, other parts are slowly being worked on. The family still lives in the castle, but a portion of it is open to the public. The dark passageways are cold and dusty, and every nook and cranny is piled with stuff. Besides being builders of follies, the Taródi’s are also collectors, the kind who never throw anything away. Antique furniture, forgotten paintings, old family photos, and random miscellany, all coated in a thick layer of dust, make it almost hard to walk around. One couldn't wish for anything more in a private castle.
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