Festetics Taverna Museum

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Festetics Taverna Museum


Festetics Taverna Museum

"Da Bibere" thematic wine-making and gastronomic exhibition

From October 2013 you can visit the "Da Bibere" thematic wine-making and gastronomic exhibition in the Helikon Taverna. The main thematic elements of the exhibition are the following:

1. Regional Grape- and Wine-culture from the Roman Times until Nowadays.

The professional content of the exhibition is based on the pieces of art of the Balaton Museum. The rich selection of finding (tools for vine cultivation from Roman times and the Middle Ages, Roman tombstone with vine motif, a rendition of Christ with vine motif from the Middle Ages, ethnographical display cabinets with points of interest) together with the illustrated posters gives an overview of 2000 years of regional viniculture. The most valuable object of the exhibition is the 2000-year-old "Da Bibere" jug which was found in a Celtic tomb in Cserszegtomaj, and which ? with its Latin inscription (which means "Give me something to drink") ? refers to the old traditions of wine culture. The 200-year-old, renovated horizontal press found in the cellar that is still in running order today is supposed to demonstrate the grape processing capacity of the cellar.


2. Digital contents on museum touch screens

Besides Hungarian, professional contents in English and German are also available on four touch screens. The professional contents of the ethnographical touch screens range from vine-growing through wine-making to wine storage and consumption. The horizontal press touch screen presents how these huge presses were operated in times gone by. The Festetics touch screen (which is the biggest museum touch screen in the country) helps in an interactive way to get to know the Festetics family which played a decisive role in the development of the region. Naturally, there is special emphasis on the history of the Taverna. On a separate screen we transformed old photographs (postcards, photos) into 3D pictures.


3. 3D movie room

In our 3D movie room we offer our visitors a unique film experience. Our 5-minute film introduces visitors to the history of the Festetics-family, while in our 3-minute film we present the history of Vonyarcvashegy. Both films offer the unique visual experience of aerial shots filmed from helicopter besides the 3D movie experience.


4. Environmental education and preservation

The energy supply of the exhibition area (heating and electrical power) based totally on renewable energy is presented and explained on separate posters. A separate exhibition area (wall research and restoration, as well as "before and after" photos) deals with historic renovation and green operation.

5. For children and families

Besides the above exhibition contents and attractions, which are also interesting for children and families, we also had the youngest ones in mind. A big hit with kids is the scale-model of the Taverna built from LEGO blocks (naturally with vineyards and harvesters), and every visitor will have the opportunity to have green box photos with unique backgrounds taken.

6. Everything about wine-tasting.

Preserving the original function of the cellar and the press-house, adults have the opportunity to taste the best wines in the Balaton area. There are about 100 types of wines in our selection. During tasting our wine glasses allow visitors to get an insight into the various wine styles and what glasses to use. With the help of our aroma samples it will be possible to playfully identify the aromas found in wines.

Please note that visiting the exhibition takes about 60-90 minutes (without the wine tastings).
For visitors with children the tour can be designed for 60 minutes (taking into consideration the contents primarily interesting for children).


We would like to inform our visitors that our museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 1pm and 8 pm. We are also ready to accept groups and individual guests at other times if booked by phone in advance. Phone: +36 20 269 2009 or muzeum@helikontaverna.hu

For further information please visit the website of Festetics Helikon Taverna!


Festetics Helikon Taverna
Exhibition Hall of wine making and Gastronomy

This more than 200 years old cellar which belonged to Family Festetics can house up to 50 people. The place is perfect for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, wine- and gourmet dinners, wine tastings, or even for a Latin dance evening. Just contact us with your plans, and we deliver the solution!

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Summer jazzy nights
Live jazz
Babos & Piller duo
every Wednesday and Saturday

Festetics Helikon Taverna Exhibition Area?s wine shop has wide and regularly updated offers of around 100 different wines from the best wineries in the Balaton Wine Region and Villany BockWinery. Our skilled sommelier helps you choose the best wine for your tastes, whether it be a wine dinner or wine for everyday consumption.

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