The Castle's astonishing beauty brought kings and queens, royal families, diplomats and famous people to its doorsteps. In the last two decades the Belgian Royal Family, Hungary's ex President árpád Göncz, current President Ferenc Mádl visited the Castle along with Presidents of Portugal, Germany, the Czeck Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Italy, China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Today the Festetics Castle houses a Museum and functions as a Conference Center. Two hundred thousand visitors come each year to view the permanent and temporary exhibits. Close to one hundred concerts and musical events are held in a season. Entrance to the grounds is thru a wrought iron gate. Each year the gardeners plant seventy thousand annuals in the park. The foregrounds have magnificent buckeyes, Turkish hazelnuts, black pines, lilacs and other trees and shrubs along with two classical Japanese acacia trees.
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