I have long been a collector and admirer of this hand painted porcelain. For a company that started making copies of Meissen for noble houses the firm has flurished. There is a packaged day tour to Lake Balaton and the Herend factory. Unfortunately it only runs one day a week. I had scheduledy stay to include the trip, but the date was switched. I learned I could go to Herend, the village by train. I asked directions at my hotel desk( the Wonderful Gellart Hotel). The young man looked up the train info and I learned that the trains run from tje south railway station. This is not far from the Gellert on the Pest side. I bought a ticket. There was one train change Involved in each direction. I then went to check my route at the information booth. The lady said I needed to buy more train mileage as my route overshot Herend and back tracked to Herend. I went and bought more miles. It is very important to note the exact times of the trains! Outside Budapest there are not many English speakers. The trains run on time.
People will help you, the wonderful train assistant at Herend showed me with gestures where to go. There were no taxis at the station. There were no cars at the station. I walked to the factory, it is about a mile and a quarter. It is a juge building with a large Herend Lion out front of the tour area. The museum is next to the factory. Wonderful porcelain and placesettings from all time periods ofanufacture. A free coffee was included in the tour, but I had no time. I watched the movie, quite good and walked through the molding, painting and assembly part of the tour. My kind guide had great English. They give everyone a Herend rose-unpainted. It was charming. I ran back to the train station and sure enough, just on time
my train came into I hopped on, waived to my friend the conductor and off I went, back through Vesprem to Budapest. It was a very satisfying experience.
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