Palace Park and Linden Alley in Nagycenk
The 18th-century baroque garden of the Széchenyi Palace, with its 2,600-meter-long linden alley and the English park established in the 19th century is one of the most beautiful historical gardens in Hungary.
The first, Baroque plans of the park date back to the middle of the 18th century, to the time of Antal Széchényi. The palace is surrounded by English-style park sections on the west, east and south, which is attributed to Ferenc Széchényi and then his son, István Széchenyi. The expansion of the English garden was completed in the 1820s, and the creation in its present form is the work of Béla Széchenyi. Originally built as a riding path, the 20-metre-wide and 2,600 metre-long linden alley was an integral part of the Baroque garden along with the Baroque hermit’s chapel that once stood at the end of the alley. Today at the end of the linden alley, you can find the ornate red granite sarcophagus of Béla Széchenyi and his wife Hanna Erdődy, who died young. The palace park and the linden alley have both been part of the Fertő Area World Heritage Site since 2001. The palace park and the linden alley are among the historical gardens of Hungary and are also a nature protection area, managed by TAEG Forestry as part of the Sopron Park Forest.