Event Space

SÜMEG, EPISCOPAL PALACE

The location of the Episcopal Palace in Sümeg is rather symbolic: it is situated behind the castle, if not concealed, but left a little hidden from the eyes of visitors to the city. However, the complex tourism development that took place between 2018 and 2021 may draw attention to this special building: the palace is not only an outstanding monument of Hungarian Baroque architecture, but it also tells a true Baroque story from the great era of the country’s rebirth through its commissioner of construction.

The interiors have been renewed, fresco remains and Rococo stucco ornaments revived, restored works of art have been returned to the palace, but surprising and significant discoveries have also been made beneath the centuries-old wall layers as a result of the renovation works.

The exhibition presents the history of the palace, the worldview of the Baroque era, the daily life of Sümeg, and the European politics that shaped the bishop’s career, through the personal destiny of Bishop Márton Padányi Biró. The exhibition also features Franz Anton Maulbertsch, a genius Baroque painter, and three assistant painters who were commissioned by the bishop to paint the parish church in Sümeg.

The exhibition, which debuted at the Episcopal Palace, takes you on a journey through the bustling, exaggerated, yet enchanting Baroque era, bringing you up close to the way of thinking and visuals of the time, and, not least, making the palace’s surviving and restored treasures visible.

Several halls of the palace are now suitable for holding events as a result of the renovation. There are temporary exhibitions in addition to the permanent one.

The renovated palace’s inner courtyard serves as an exclusive venue for cultural performances, concerts, and family and corporate events. Following the renovation of the interior façade and portico, visitors are treated to a one-of-a-kind overall view with Sümeg castle in the background.

 

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LOCATION

The Episcopal Palace is located at the foot of the castle hill, in the historic downtown of Sümeg.

From the direction of Budapest, take the M7 motorway and then the main road 8. It is easily accessible from the settlements on the shores of Lake Balaton via the main roads 71 and 84. It is accessible from Vienna via the main road 84.

 

Parking

It is possible to park a car 50 metres from the Episcopal Palace on Szent István tér (Szent István Square) or in the nearby Kisfaludy tér (Kisfaludy Square). There is free parking throughout the city centre, and the Episcopal Palace is only a 5-minute walk away.

Parking is available by bus in two locations: Hétvezér tér (Hétvezér Square – 5 minutes walk) or the Castle Parking Lot (10 minutes walk). Right outside the gate, there is a designated parking space for the differently abled.

 

ARCHITECTURAL PARAMETERS
The total useful floor area of the building is: 2880 m2, the inner courtyard is: 750 m2

PUBLIC UTILITY/INFRASTRUCTURE
Electricity, free Wi-Fi, and mobile network coverage

TECHNICAL EQUPMENT
Projector, projection screen, a lectern, and a sound system.

NEAREST AIRPORTS
Sümeg is situated 200 km from Ferenc Liszt International Airport, Budapest, and 40 km from the Hévíz-Balaton International Airport.

CAPACITY TABLE

EVENT SPACES

 

CAPACITY (number of people)
In the case of different layouts

Floor area m2

Standing reception

Row of chairs

U-shaped

Round table

Inner courtyard

750

500

150

Wedding hall (219)

61

60

50

Pink stucco room (244)

55

80

50

35

30

Conference room (215)

56

60

40

35

30

Palace Café

74

80

70

50

40

Café terrace

100

100

50

Chapel

52

50