Ozora Castle

1. Várhegy Street
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays! Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00
Tickets: 1000-2000 HUF
Click here for more information!

There is something you need to know about Hungarian castles. Almost all of them are in ruins because of the many wars that swept over the country throughout history. Renaissance styled Ozora castles is an exception.
It has been originally in possession of the Ozorai family until 1399, when the only heir of András Ozorai was a woman, Borbála. She couldn’t inherit the castle (yeah, I don’t like that either!), but she was engaged to the Italian Philippo Scolari so they could keep it in the end. Philippo (or as later called, Pipo) came from a merchant family and he was an excellent soldier. He renovated the castle by artists from his homeland and he ordered replicas from famous Italian artists. So the statues decorating the Medici grave and Moses made by Michelangelo,  Donatello’s David (legend sais it pictures Leonardo da Vinci) can be seen as well in perfect condition. They represent a value even today, because the Italians don’t let their masterpieces being copied anymore. After Pipo’s death, Borbála became the mistress of the castle and she left it to a palatine when she died.
The first acting appearance of the most famous Hungarian poet, Sándor Petőfi happened in the dining hall of the castle.
The castle can not only be visited today, but some of the rooms are rentable just like a hotel. So for a couple of nights anyone can become the lord of Ozora Castle.


Favourites of October 2017

From now on there will be a new series on my website that represents all the things I really liked in the month. Books, movies, travelling… everything can happen! 

Book experience of the month:
I started October by reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, because I saw the trailer of the upcoming movie (can’t wait to see Kenneth Branagh as Poirot!). I’m sure you agree with me that a book gives you so much more than a movie. Still I take the chance of being disappointed rather than reading the book afterwards. This was my fifth Poirot story, previously I read Third girl, Peril at end house, And then there were none and Curtain. I liked Poirot’s last story, Curtain the most, it was absolutely fantastic!
After that I read Burmese days by George Orwell. He is one of my favourite writers and this novel presents the true nature of human beings just like his other novels.
Aaand I ordered the new book of Dan Brown, Origin and I’m very excited about it!

Audiobook experience of the month:
To tell you the truth, I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, and now I know what I lost. I started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone written by J. K. Rowling and read by the amazing Jim Dale, who makes it very realistic by his acting.

Movie experience of the month:
La vie en rose 
pictures the troubled life of Édith Piaf, the voice of Paris played by Marion Cotillard, who recieved the Oscar for her performance. Interesting fact it that original recordings of Piaf are played in the movie and Cotillard had to learn to mimic and gesticulate exactly like Piaf.

Cinema experience of the month:
Last week I went to the screening of the upcoming Hungarian movie, Budapest noir and after watching the movie one of the actors came to talk about it. The movie itself and the audience meeting were amazing, though it’s really hard to talk about a movie you just saw 5 minutes ago.

Series experience of the month:
The 11th season of the Big Bang Theory started and it makes me laugh every week. Sheldon and Amy are the best TV couple I know.

Travelling experience of the month:
I spent a weekend in Siófok and on the way I saw Simontornya and Ozora castles, but I’m not saying more about these now, because blog posts about them are coming! 🙂

Photography experience of the month:
Besides the travelling photos, I went to the Cathedral in Szeged to take pictures, I made some really good shots about the frescos, a post is coming about it as well. 🙂

Music experience of the month:
I was listening to the soundtrack of La la land. I love the way Ryan Gosling sings ‘City of staaars, are you shining just for me?’ Even made it my ringtone.

Food experience of the month:
There are two dishes I tried for the first time in my life. One of them is quesadilla, which originates from Mexico. It is a flour or corn tortilla filled with basically everything you want. Mine was with chicken and cheese with salad on the side. It was amazing!
The other fantastic dish I tried in Siófok is fried ice cream. Yes, it exists, and it is yummi! They cover the ice cream ball in an almond based coating and then deep fry it. When you open the covering, flowing ice cream comes out… I think I have to eat something now! See you in the next blog post!