Rhédey Castle, Sângeorgiu de Pădure
Opening TimesThe castle is open for visitors daily between 10:00 – 17:00. Entrance fee: 5 RON.
Short history of the buildingOne of the most beautiful and imposing buildings in Sângeorgiu de Pădure is the two-story castle built in neo-Baroque style belonging to the Rhédey family. The castle was built in 17th century by count Rhédey László, but its today's form is due to a renovation completed in 1809. The old castle had tall towers, large decorated saloons.The owner of the old castle was the Kornis Family and since 1647 it entered the ownership of Count Rhédey. The castle was donated by Bethlen Gábor to an ancestor of László Rhédey, namely János Rhédey. The later switched his properties and riches with his brother in Hungary, István Rhédey, in order to be able to settle down in the castle of Sângeorgiu de Pădure. During the renovation works, the flat ceiling of the hallway and the upper saloon were painted in Neo-baroque style by template model and the rest of the saloons were painted in white. The ground floor saloons have the ceiling in the form of a semi cylindrical vault. The basement, the ground and first floor gather a total of 13 rooms positioned around a wooden staircase decorated on baroque style. The connection to the attic was made by placing a wooden, narrow, snail staircase in the thick wall. In 1885, the Rhédey property was sold to a nobleman Schuller Rudolf up to 1935 when it is bought by the state. Nationalized in 1947, the building was occupied by administrative offices and since 1960 by the local Elementary School. Today, it hosts the local offices of the National Touristic Information and Promotion Center and exhibition halls.
AccessSângeorgiu de Pădure is located at around 30 km from Târgu Mureș (on national road nr. 13) and at 30 km from the Transilvania International Airport (following national road nr. 15 and then county road nr.151D) towards Bălăușeri, and then continuing road nr. 13A in the direction of Sovata. The castle is in the center of Sângeorgiu de Pădure.
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ServicesThe staff of the Angajații National Touristic Information and Promotion Center offer multilingual tourist guidance upon request. Visitors can drink a cup of coffee and use toilets as well. In the vicinity of the castle, there are several accommodation places, just to mention the most relevant ones: Vass Guest House and Sofi Guest House, which is located at only 1 km from the city center. In the city center there is the Contesa Restaurant, Relax Zone Café and Fashion Café, where we recommend you to try the local specialty, the Krémes cake. At about 12 km from the city, in Bălăușeri, there is the Kapusi motel (suitable for maximum 14 guests) and restaurant. Furthermore, in Trei sate village we can recommend the Atos Guest House, and in the neighbourhood of Sovata, we reccomend you the Gerendás Guest House (with 5 double rooms and 3 apartments and Mónika Guest House.
Other things to visitOn the other side of the road from the Rhédey Castle, there is a beautiful 700-years-old Protestant Church, which was renovated in 1953 from a donation by Queen Victoria of England in the honour of her grandmother’s, Claudia Rhédey, memory. In the church, there is a memorial plaque commemorating this noble gesture. At 5 km distance from Sângeorgiu de Pădure, we reccommend you to visit the Bezidu Nou Lake, which attracts many tourists especially during the summer. Furthermore, we can also recommend you to visit the unique Straw Hat Museum is Crișeni, at about 15 km distance from Sângeorgiu de Pădure.