Summer Residence

A historical treasure of the Transylvanian baroque

The former summer residence of Samuel von Brukenthal has awakened from its slumber in 2011. For nearly a decade hardly anyone was interested in this historic treasure. The palace as well as the park and its buildings belong to the most important monuments from the time of the Transylvanian Baroque. In Southern Transylvania, it is indeed the only surviving baroque ensemble at all.

Role model for farming and gardening

We strive to revive the former charm of the ensemble – by following the ideas and concepts of Brukenthal, who had created here in Avrig from 1756 a gem in which he found recovery, but that he also used for horticultural purposes and as a botanical garden.

Restoration of the ensemble

This cultural heritage deserves to be opened to the public. With the redevelopment of the Orangery in the park, an important first step has been taken. Now guests find proper accomodation facilities, a permanently open restaurant and a place to organize events of all kinds. The park will gradually get back its original design, including the numerous fountains that once existed. The biggest challenge, though, remains the restoration of the baroque palace, whose substance has suffered during the years of vacancy. Together with the Avrig Town Council and other partners, including the Samuel von Brukenthal Foundation, the owner of the ensemble, we develop a concept for the revitalization of this impressive building.