SÜMEG PALACE, SÜMEG - Nemzeti Örökségvédelmi Fejlesztési Nonprofit Kft. | NÖF


Sümeg and its environs were given to the episcopate of Veszprém as a royal gift at the beginning of the 11th century, which influenced its development and prominence. During the Turkish occupation, it grew to be a very significant and important city: when Fehérvár and Veszprém fell, Sümeg castle became one of Transdanubia’s main bastions, which even the Ottoman army was unable to occupy. The Veszprém episcopate also fled to the Sümeg castle from the Turks and remained there for nearly two hundred years.


he 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.



1 November – 31 March

Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed on Mondays



1 April – 31 October

Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed on Mondays


The ticket desk closes 1 hour before the end of the prevailing opening hours.


Address: 8330 Sümeg, Szent István tér 8. (Szent István Square)

Mobil phone: + 36-30/095-7062 , +36-30/095-7063

Email: sumegipalota@nofnkft.hu


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.


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


Adult ticket: HUF 3,500

Combined ticket: HUF 4,500/person
Combined entry ticket with which you can also visit two historical landmarks in Sümeg. With the discounted ticket, which can be used within 48 hours, you can also visit Sümegi Castle and the Bishop’s Palace Visitor Center.

Concession: HUF 1,750

  • children and young adults aged 6-18
  • visitors aged 62 and over
  • one adult accompanying at least two children under the age of 18

Local residents: HUF 1,000

  • Local resident of Somogyvár (holding a Somogyvár resident ID)

Family ticket: HUF 7,000

1 or 2 adults + 1 or more children under the age of 18


Tour guide: HUF 1000/person


Group ticket: Additional information about group prices and discounts is available at the following contact details: rendezveny@nofnkft.hu




We had waited a long time for the gates of the Episcopal Palace, guarded by a pair of stone Atlas figures, to open, allowing us to enter the bishops of Veszprém’s “residence never seen as beautiful as it presently is“.


It has become a truly special place as a result of three years of restoration. The exhibition tells the story of the commissioner of the construction of the Rococo palace, Bishop Márton Padányi Biró.


Heavenly Affairs


In Western Europe, the middle of the 18th century marks the beginning of a new era. Following the Turkish devastation, Hungary’s fate is approaching a historic turning point. In addition to kings and queens, the bishop played an important role on this stage — and perhaps he could have played an even more important one. However, the circumstances — certain mundane affairs — made it impossible for Bishop Márton to fulfil his intended historical mission. When he returned to Sümeg, however, he built something lasting: the palace and the beautiful parish church, which people from all over the world admire.


He commissioned a brilliant artist to paint the church’s walls. Franz Anton Maulbertsch’s work is one-of-a-kind: the church space was transformed from a fresco to a massive stage. We can see how this illusion came to be and what it meant to people in the 18th century by visiting the exhibition. We can experience this as the destroyed murals in one of the rooms are reborn and come to life in front of our eyes.


We can learn about science in the 18th century and how they imagined the universe with Hell and Heaven, in the interactive library.


The frescoes, which arose from a chance encounter between the bishop and the Baroque painter Franz Anton Maulbertsch, offer an opportunity to delve into the secrets of Baroque and Rococo painting, learn about the painter’s creative process, and engage in art historical research.


The Episcopal Palace in Sümeg and its inhabitants are a true Baroque tale from the great era of Hungary’s rebirth, which the organisers present with an exciting, modern exhibition that engages all of our senses.


Visitors can find their way around the palace using a smartphone app in which a resident of the palace reveals the secrets of the old building.


Interactive exhibition


The exhibition presents the age through a variety of illusory and illustrative tools, bringing the world of hundreds of years ago closer to the visitor. The various eras of the palace’s construction, for example, are depicted in a projected hologram, and its destroyed frescoes have been reconstructed and even brought to life with the help of video mapping. With the help of wall-mounted images, more specifically visual games and optical tricks, the exhibition also evokes everyday life in Sümeg and the visual culture of the time.


Following Franz Anton Maulbertsch’s “wall of thought”, we can see how the parish church’s frescoes were created in accordance with the bishop’s guidelines, how the 18th-century painter composed with colours and lights, watch in cartoons how the parish church was painted and find out what the difference between the Baroque and the Rococo is.


The paintings that have been brought to life enrich the exhibition by providing not only visual but also audible information and curiosities. The noble members of the mysterious Society of Angels, founded by the bishop and painted by Maulbertsch in the parish church, “introduce themselves” through animation and an interactive play, while contemporary rulers, Queen Maria Theresa, and her opponent, Frederick the Great, discuss Márton Biró’s activities in a loud debate. We can listen to the fictitious quarrel between Italian stuccoists and Viennese painters from 1757, as well as to the bishop’s passionate speech at the coronation of Maria Theresa.