Keszthely has survived several crises, difficult periods during the past 8 centuries. We only mention from these the one and a half century long Turkish era, the epidemics and fires of the 18th century, the economic crisis of 1850-1860, the 1930s and following the 2nd World War.
Thanks to the hard-working and inventive citizens of Keszthely, the town was always able to renew, dared to chose other direction for development. This way Keszthely continuously expanded, blossomed with smaller interruptions. The outward appearance of the town, which is the result of an integral development of several centuries, is the visible sign of this. Most of the buildings are from the 19th-20th centuries, but the earliest ones were built in the 13th-14th centuries.
The Festetics Castle is the fourth biggest aristocratic mansion in the country, and also it is the most beautifully renovated. The building in of the 19th century that evokes the atmosphere of the monarchy is unique on the shore of Balaton. The remembrance of almost all architectural styles can be found in Keszthely.