The first Hallers

The city of Nürnberg in Franconia (today Bavaria) is considered to be their city of origin. The first Hallers – Frigyes, Hildebrand, György and Vilmos – have been mentioned in documents from 1198. It is not known how were they related, and it is also unknown, which one of them is the ancestor of the family – if any one of them is at all….

Hungarian relations of the Haller family

Hungarian relations of the Haller family began with Sen. Haller Ruprecht, who got the right from king Ulászló II (1490-1516) to buy land in Hungary for 4000 forints. One of his sons, Ruprecht junior became related with the representatives of the patricians in middle-age Buda. His son, Peter moved to Transylvania and founded the Transylvanian branch of the family. Peter Haller, judge and counselor at…

István Haller

His son, István Haller obtained the rank of baron for the family in 1699 and his sons, László, Gábor and János got the title of earl in 1713. Gábor was the one to inherit Szentpál and Ugra after dividing the family fortune. Gábor married Klára Károlyi, the daughter of Sándor Károlyi, a kuruc general. After the early death of Gábor Haller in 1723, his widowed…

Death of earl Ferenc Haller

In 1875, with the death of earl Ferenc Haller, the family’s Szentpál branch died out. Ferenc Haller gave the estate of Szentpál to György Haller junior, so the two estates were at the same owner once again. At this time Ugra lost its importance and became a secondary residence besides the castle at Szentpál. The history of the castle at Ugra can be traced back…


After 1949 many institutions were headquartered in the building during the communist era: schools, boarding schools and the council had its seat here as well.

Fóris family

After the building has been returned to its original owners by the state, the Haller family sold it to the Fóris family from Targu Mures. Since 2011 the castle functions as a hotel.

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