An Elegant Palace and a Peculiar Queen
A wealthy Hungarian landlord has this palace built in the 18th century in a small and unpronounceable Hungarian Town: Gödöllő. Later, this glittering Baroque palace was given by the Hungarian State to Habsburg Franz Joseph and Queen Elisabeth for the occasion of their coronation in Budapest. The royal family spent several months in Gödöllő every year. During this period the palace became the symbol of independent Hungarian statehood, and, as a residential centre it had a political significance of it own.
Gödöllő is 40 min. drive from Budapest.
The visit starts with the huge and beautiful park, then we visit 23 rooms (nearly 1000 sq. m. ) which accommodate the interior exhibition.
It was Queen Elisabeth who specially loved staying in Gödöllő, where the Hungarian personnel and neighbourhood of the palace always warmly welcomed her. She was able to converse fluently in Hungarian. Having spent altogether 6 years here, she played a decisive role in Hungarian history, and became an idol for Hungarians. Her personal objects tell stories about private life, hidden doors, and secrets of this unusual personality. . . Following her tragic death, a memorial park adjoining the upper-garden was built. At the 2011 Hungarian EU Presidency, the informal ministerial meetings were held in the Godollo Royal Palace.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel
End location: Your hotel
Duration: 4 hours
Chauffeur driven AC car , 30 min from Budapest. The type varies depending on the driver's availability.
Pick up at your hotel, private driving tour with commentaries in English, French, German or Hungarian, car, driver, highway sticker.
Entrance to the Palace of Gödöllő and interior guiding in the palace are also included!
Dropping you off at your desired destination at the end of the tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2000 huf - a café
Food, drink if applicable
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We five thoroughly enjoyed our half day tour with Katalin. She was very knowledgeable and showed us the things that most appealed to us. Although this was not the "full tour" of Budapest, she covered a lot of the history and supplemented what we had learned the previous day from another excellent TBL guide. We recommend her without hesitation!