Vol. 9 No. 3 (2018)
Research Article

Cultural heritage in the Central European region - Mansion utilization and development in Hungary

Published 2019-01-15


  • tourism, settlement development, cultural heritage, mansions, Hungary

How to Cite

PÉTERFI, Judit, and Dávid SÜMEGHY. 2019. “Cultural Heritage in the Central European Region - Mansion Utilization and Development in Hungary”. European Journal of Geography 9 (3). https://www.eurogeojournal.eu/index.php/egj/article/view/44.


Cultural heritage plays an important role in the tourism sector nowadays. When the European Union realised this, it started founding programs, aiming at, one the one hand, preserving cultural heritage and, on the other hand, assigning functions to them to attract tourists. The programs are in cooperation with the governments of the member countries. In this paper, we take a closer look at the use of mansions, which are part of our built cultural heritage. Hungary is abundant in historic estates, which are all very popular tourist destinations. We analyze the latest huge tender, the National Castle and Mansion Program, the thinking process behind the decision making, and the spatial distribution of succesful tenders. Using the Special Eurobarometer 466 dataset, we will showcase the different attitudes towards cultural heritage in Hungary. Comparing the two sets of data, we will be able to conclude, how the developments and mansion restorations affect cultural sensitivity, local identity and the opinion of the financing system. Our main research area is South Transdanubia, where took a trip to visit the buildings, to make interviews with the municipality leaders, and to analyze the mansions from different perspectives. We carried out a case study in Lad, where the strong civic sphere has to find a way to preserve the Hoyos mansion.


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