A comfortable half-day tour outside Budapest
Do you feel like going off the beaten track for a while? But not too far from Budapest? Are you interested in royals? Do you enjoy the greenery of the countryside?
If yes, then join me and let's visit the former summer Royal Palace of the Hungarian kings and queens in the tiny town of Gödöllő.
Dig yourself into the splendor of the 1700s and the 1800s. Let me tell stories to recall the life of the Hungarian aristocracy and the legendary royal couple of King Francis Joseph I and his wife Queen Elizabeth (better known for her nickname as "Sisi"), who turned a smaller lodge into a true imperial summer residence. Learn more about Hungary's pro-German governor Miklós Horthy who used the palace as a summer retreat between the two world wars and find out what the Soviet Red Army did here after 1945.
Take a walk in the magnificent 26-acre English garden of the Palace - relax and enjoy the sunshine and your coffee and cake there.
Situated about 17. 5 miles east of Budapest, the Royal Palace of Gödöllő is one of the most important and most elegant Baroque monuments of Hungarian palace architecture from the mid-1700s.
It takes approximately 45-60 minutes to drive there.
The palace itself has recently been restored to welcome visitors again in its full splendor. The interior includes more than 30 exhibition rooms, bringing back the atmosphere of Royal Hungary in the 18th and 19th centuries with historical accuracy.
Our 2-hour visit there will include the Great Reception Hall, King Francis Joseph Wing & Exhibition, Queen Elisabeth Wing & Exhibition, Count Grassalkovich Wing & Exhibition and a walk around in the English Gardens. At the end of the tour we save some time to sit down in the Palace Café and relax before returning to Budapest.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can meet you at your central Budapest hotel, your cruise ship port, or at any centrally located address/intersection upon your request.
End location: We will end this tour at your hotel, at your cruise ship terminal, or at any other central location in Budapest upon your request.
Duration: 4 hours
Private vehicle. Car/minivan types used: Mercedes E Class, Mercedes Viano, Mercedes Sprinter. Recently purchased, modern, air-conditioned vehicles.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10000 Hungarian forints - For purchase of items of a personal nature, souvenirs, etc.
N.B. Credit cards are accepted for payment, as well.
My tours are either light/moderate walking tours or very comfortable tours by private car/minivan. In the latter case, since I am not a driver, clean & comfortable A/C-d private cars/minivans with driver are organized for the tour.
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Nikolett's Summer Royal Palace Tour was simply outstanding in every way!!! Not only did she show us a beautifully restored summer palace, but she imparted such incredible knowledge of the history of the palace from its beginnings in 1774 through to its modern day renovation, along with the information about the personal lives of the palace's inhabitants. Not only was it a tour of a royal palace, it was an excellent lesson in Hungarian history. Many, many thanks, Nikolett, for a fantastic tour!!!
Henry Clifford Baggett