Originally built in the 12th century as a fortification on the hill above the Lendava River, near the contemporary border with Hungary, the Lendava Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the region
The castle was in past centuries many times entirely restored and rebuilt.
The present-day Baroque appearance of the castle dates from 1690–1707, following the withdrawal of the Turks from the area, when the Esterházys had it rebuilt to form an L-shaped building as a sign of their loyalty to the Emperor Leopold I. The castle became a show piece of Baroque architecture, and remained in the hands of the Esterházy family until World War I.
The castle is first mentioned in the records in 1192 as a property of the Hungarian noble family Bánffy and was theirs until the middle of the 17th century, when it fell to the Nádasdy family for a short period, and in the 18th century came under the management of the Eszterházy family. Today it is a massive two-storey building with a mansard roof overlooking the town of Lendava-Lendva. The walls are supported by massive buttresses and the south-west façade is emphasised with a central tower
Since 1973 the castle houses the Lendava-Lendva Gallery and Museum and each year it hosts a restoration workshop as well as the artists from the Lendava-Lendva International Fine Arts Colony and the LindArt International Fine Arts Colony.