The family Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsövidek

Countess Beatrix Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsövidek

The family of Széchenyi is an old Hungarian aristocratic house whose family seat lies in the town of Nagycenk (Großzinkendorf) near Sopron in western Hungary.

The house of Szechenyi made an indispensable contribution to the cultural, technological and economic development of the Hungarian nation. Numerous streets, bridges and institutions still carry the names of important members of the family, in particular of its most famous member, Count István Széchenyi.

Graf István Széchenyi

Graf István Széchenyi’s (1791-1860) experiences as a soldier during the wars of independence against Napoleon changed his life. After 1841 he dedicated himself to developing his country, using the reforms in modern England as a model. Very quickly, he became the leading figure in the liberal movement in Hungary.
He devoted his political life to criticism of the feudal system, to promoting the economy and to expanding the transportation network.
He is still referred to today as the “Greatest Hungarian”.