Set in beautiful parkland we find Palace Casino. Designed by a French architect it was built in the late 18th century by an Austrian Duchess.
It is not a casino or a palace but a large summer residence. Two large buildings set around 500 metres apart which are joined by a long covered walkway. In the centre of the walkway is a clock and bell tower.
After around 50 years it was purchased by another Austrian who commissioned an Italian architect to renovate the building in a neoclassical style which is what we see here today. She also commissioned a gardener to create an elegant English garden.
It was once again sold late in the 19th century and these are the current owners who also own the parkland. They allow access into the park for visitors.
What we see here is the southern part of the site. Head up the covered walkway to the northern part and you will find it in a terrible state.
I am unsure how long the site has been abandoned, but there has been talks for 30 years to renovate the casino and restore it to its former glory. As of 2015 part ownership was given to the local council and a group are seeking 25 million euro to start a renovation project. We can only hope that this pulls through before the southern wing of the casino falls into a similar state as the northern wing.
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