Batthyány Castle, Körmend

Lords and ophthalmologists

There’s a high probability that you’ve never heard of Körmend and its history. It’s a small town in the Vas county of Western Hungary. In addition to being the home of arguably the best spa resort in the region, Mjus World Resort & Thermal Park, the town is especially known for its castle. The castle used to belong to the Batthyány family, one of the most important aristocrat families of Hungary.


Körmend was first documented in 1238, as the seat of kings. After Körmend was in royal possession, it became the property of various lords. Since 1604, it has been the central estate of the Batthyány family. Ladislaus Batthyány-Strattmann, a famous ophthalmologist turned one of the wings of the castle into an ophthalmology clinic, where he treated poor patients for free. The main building of the Batthyány-castle, originally built in Baroque style in the 18th century, hosts the Dr László Batthyány-Strattman Museum, offering various permanent and temporary exhibitions.

FUN FACT: Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders.


The venue that we had in mind is not actually the castle. It’s the area surrounding it. A beautiful park surrounds the Batthyany-Strattmann Castle, perfect for all kinds of gatherings, pop-up dinners or receptions. The garden around the castle is actually a protected park that has more than seventy different trees and shrubs with a 15-meter high obelisk in the center. The most famous tree is a majestic 200-year-old maple-leaf plane tree. The courtyard itself is very special and a perfect way to give your participants a royal welcome.


Opening hours:

May 1 – October 31: 10.00 -18.00. (Every day except Monday)
November 1- April 30: 10.00-16.00. (Every day except Sunday and Monday)

Get in touch

Dr László Batthyány-Strattman Museum
Körmend, Dr. Batthyány u. 3,
9900 Hungary
T: +36-94/410-425
E: museum.kormend@gmail.com