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Godollo: The Royal Palace of Gödöllő Ticket

1. Godollo: The Royal Palace of Gödöllő Ticket

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.

From Budapest: Gödöllő Palace of Queen Elisabeth Tour

2. From Budapest: Gödöllő Palace of Queen Elisabeth Tour

Gödöllő is a town situated in Pest County, about 30 kilometers northeast from Budapest. This city is home to the Palace that was originally built for the aristocratic Grassalkovich family. Later Franz Josef, the Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, along with his wife Elisabeth, used the Palace as their residency. Enjoy a guided tour through this fascinating historical site with transportation from Budapest. Guests can see the greatest Baroque castle in Hungary. Enjoy an exclusive tour through the impressive interior of the Palace. The area of the permanent exhibition includes the grand staircase, the entrance hall, the little dining hall, pantry and the rooms of the era of the Grassalkoviches and Royal Family. After touring the interior, guests can take a walk in the Royal Garden seeing the pavilion and landscaped gardens. Afterwards enjoy a coffee or a tea at the palace café (extra charge). After having free time in the garden you’ll be transferred back to Budapest City Center.

From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Palace Tour

3. From Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Palace Tour

Just 30 minutes outside of Budapest, set in the lush Hungarian countryside, is the beautiful Royal Palace of Gödöllő, one of the extravagant residences of the former Austrian Emperors. The former residence of the Hapsburg emperors is the second largest Baroque Palace in the world and is one of the largest and most important examples of Hungarian architecture. Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, who was fondly called 'Sissi', and Francis Joseph I lived here in the late 19th century. The royal couple stayed in Gödöllő mainly in autumn and spring, and revived and invested in the agricultural town in which the palace is set. The elegant royal complex is now open to visitors, and this tour will take you inside the restored palace for a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the emperors. You'll visit the palace museum and will be guided through the 26–hectare English garden of the palace. As you explore the immense and brilliantly decorated estate, your guide will let you in on the secrets of the private life, lovers, and hidden doors and rooms of the royal couple. You'll have the opportunity for a coffee break on the grounds before heading back to central Budapest.

From Budapest: Royal Palace of Gödöllő Private Tour

4. From Budapest: Royal Palace of Gödöllő Private Tour

Begin your day at your hotel in Budapest and enjoy a scenic, private drive to the charming town of Gödöllő for a visit and tour. Gödöllő is the site of the European Union Rotating Presidency Meetings of 2012, and the site of the spectacular, Baroque-style Royal Palace of Gödöllő, which formerly served as the summer residence of Queen Elisabeth. While you are exploring the beautiful palace, take a journey in the history of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and their connection to the beautiful palace, a favorite of Franz Joseph and the royal family, as well as of Empress Elisabeth (Sissi), who especially loved staying in Gödöllő.   After wandering from room to room and getting to know the life and times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, take a walk through the beautiful Palace Park, and enjoy a cup of coffee and piece of cake at the Confectionery of the Palace.

Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Castle & Pest City Park Private Tour

5. Budapest: Gödöllő Royal Castle & Pest City Park Private Tour

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 Vajdahunyad Castle.

Budapest: Private 3-Hour Gödöllő Palace Tour

6. Budapest: Private 3-Hour Gödöllő Palace Tour

Get to know the former Queen Elisabeth, also known as Sisi, and King Francis Joseph I on this private 3-hour tour of Gödöllő Palace. Tour the baroque palace and enjoy learning about the beloved queen and the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Depart from Budapest and relax on a 30-minute drive to the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth (Sisi) and Francis Joseph (Habsburg Emperor and Hungarian King 1867-1916) in Gödöllő. Your visit will give you a glimpse of times under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Also become acquainted with the secrets of the private life, hidden doors, rooms, and lovers of the royal couple. After your guided tour through the Gödöllő Palace, have the opportunity to enjoy a coffee and to look around in the souvenir shop before heading back to Budapest.

Gödöllő Palace Full-Day Tour from Budapest

7. Gödöllő Palace Full-Day Tour from Budapest

The Royal Palace of Gödöllö is the largest baroque palace in Hungary, and the 2nd biggest by surface area in the world after Versailles. On this full-day tour from Budapest, you will drive to Pest county, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Budapest city center. Built by Count Antal Grassalkovich, one of the most respected Hungarian noblemen of the 18th century, the complex served as a summer residence for Emperor Francis Joseph and Queen Elisabeth (Sissi) between 1867 and 1916, and for Governor Miklós Horthy between 1920 and 1944. Beautifully restored, you can now wander the richly painted rooms, such as the Grand Hall and Library. Admire the white and gold décor, red marble baths and wardrobe of Sissi, as well as a tiny baroque theater. Stroll in the 26-hectare English park. On request, and depending on the season, riding opportunities and horse shows can be arranged in nearby Lázár Park. You will also go to the Marian shrines of Máriabesnyő, a place of pilgrimage since the 18th century. Admire the enchanting baroque church, now a favored wedding location for Hungarian brides.

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4.6 / 5

based on 131 reviews

When arriving by car, have coins ready for the parking lot (440F/h). You will be guided through the castle with an audio guide (1500F, which is not included in the ticket). It's very informative. A must for all Sissi fans. The children can answer riddles at several stations and thus receive a solution word at the end. So it's also great from a pedagogical point of view. There were a few groups of children on the move, but they were very quiet and attentive to their museum educators. An unusual picture for us Germans. Loudly screaming, aggressive and selfish adolescents are more the norm here.

We were able to go directly to the premises with our tickets & didn't have to queue at the cash desk. The QR code on the mobile phone was accepted.

Beautiful morning always well organized Our French-speaking guide kind a little in search of information but you are present Thank you for everything

Very nice guide. The castle is really worth seeing. Small group - 5. We can highly recommend.

Me ha gustado mucho aunque me faltó ver alguna habitación de la reina Sisi