László Almásy was born in 1895 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Castle of Borostyánkő (today Bernstein in Burgenland, Austria), into a Hungarian noble family.
On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the birth of László Almásy (August 2015), the Abu Ramla Sahara Expedition placed a commemorative plaque in Hungarian on the main entrance gate of the castle of Bernstein.
Before this, only a small inscription in German placed near the inner gate of the castle was commemorating the birthplace of Almásy, the legendary traveller, explorer, pilot and cartographer whose story became of international relevance after the transliteration in the American movie “The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje.
The Borostyánkő castel was bought by László Almásy’s grandfather, Ede Almásy, who was one of the founders of the Hungarian Geographical Society in 1872. The family moved to Borostyánkő in 1892.
There castle is currently a private propriety and it hosts a hotel.
Thanks to / Danke an die Familie Almásy, Hotel Burg Bernstein