Godollo: The Royal Palace of Gödöllő Ticket
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Travel back in time through three generations of the Grassalkovich family as you pass through the rooms of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, built in the 18th century. Get a glimpse into the Habsburg Dynasty and all its splendor. Explore the royal palace as it was when residence to Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph. See for yourself why it was the couple’s favorite summer residence. The elaborate baroque furnishings, private chambers, and myriad paintings on display promise to take you back to the time of the monarchy. There was also a time in history when the palace had a secret side. Explore this at the end of your tour — it’s up to you to discover the mysteries.
Enjoy the views of the Hungarian countryside on a 30-kilometer drive that takes you from Budapest to the Royal Palace in Gödöllő. This was at one time the summer residence of Habsburg Emperor and Hungarian King Franz Joseph and his beautiful and charismatic wife, Sisi. On this half-day private tour you’ll have the opportunity to see the interior of the palace, and experience the opulence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. You’ll also visit a traditional farm, where you’ll be welcomed with a pogácsa (scone) and pálinka (a special Hungarian spirit). After enjoying a traditional horse show, you’ll take a pleasant carriage ride through the woods.
Head out on the path of Queen Sissy, and stop at Godollo Royal Summer Castle for a private guided tour of the interior. This was the favorite countryside castle of royal family, nobles and aristocrats. Walk along the renovated castle with historic and original furnitures, and learn about the splendor of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The palace became the symbol of independent Hungarian statehood, and, as a residential center it had a political significance of it own. It was Empress Elisabeth (1837-1898) who specially loved staying here, and the Hungarian personnel and neighborhood of the Palace always warmly welcomed her. Following her tragic death, a memorial park adjoining the upper garden was built. Visit the newly opened section and exhibition of the castle, the nice castle park and the surroundings. On the way back stop at Budapest City Park and walk the courtyards of Vajdahun...
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An absolutely first class tour with a guide who knew her subject inside out. It was a small group (7) in both English and German - which presented her with no problems at all. She brought together all the facts and figures we had no completely understood after a visit to Vienna a year earlier, plus all the additional information she provided on the bus there and back. We cannot compliment Clara enough! And of course the palace really is worth seeing - especially with snow all around!
The Royal Palace was very interesting, enhanced by the good explanations from our guide. The entire visit to the horse facility very enjoyable from the welcome refreshments, carriage ride through to the excellent show showing the use of horses through the ages to the stable visit. This tour also gave us the chance to see a little more of Hungary than the city of Budapest. We recommend this tour to any others visiting the area if they have any interest in these topics.
Our guide André has a deep knowledge of Hungary. I learned a lot about the past and present of this beautiful country. His French is impeccable, to the point that I asked him at what age he arrived in Hungary, he replied with a smile that he was born in Hungary. The time spent with him was a great part of our trip to Budapest. He made the visit to this castle very informative. If you are offered their services, say yes.
We enjoyed the loan of a wheelchair that allowed our elderly parent to visit too. I had to help the person controlling the tickets to scan my ticket-mobil, but it was with a smile and good will.
A wonderful trip, both the Palace and the Horse show were amazing. Our guide Attila was very knowledgeable and a great guy to spend the morning with!