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Gödöllo Royal Palace (Gödölloi Királyi Kastély) Tours

Gödöllo Royal Palace (Gödölloi Királyi Kastély)
Located northeast of Budapest, the Baroque treasure that is Gödöllo Royal Palace (Gödölloi Királyi Kastély) originally belonged to the aristocratic Grassalkovich family, but by the 1890s it had been taken over by the Habsburg dynasty – who ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1526 to 1918 – as their favored summer retreat. Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife, Hungary’s much-loved Elisabeth of Bavaria, gave Gödöllo the mother of all makeovers and the palace soon became one of the most luxurious Baroque castles in the world.

Elisabeth was usually known as Sisi, a famed beauty who set about upgrading the interior of the palace to her taste; tragically she was assassinated in 1898 in Geneva and Gödöllo slowly sunk into disrepair. Following Soviet occupation of Hungary in the aftermath of World War II, the palace was requisitioned as a barracks and was slowly destroyed. It was not until well after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 that the palace was returned to its Habsburg heyday.

By 1996, Gödöllo’s ornate exterior was once more a striking white and pink, accessorized with arched windows and wrought-iron balconies. Its central wing is topped by a red-brick bell tower and the vast palace is again surrounded by formal gardens and Baroque stable blocks fashioned on the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Inside all is adorned with frescoes, gold and chandeliers; apartments are crammed with priceless antiques, statuary, weaponry and portraits of the Habsburg emperors; seasonal exhibitions focus on the centuries of their rule in central Europe. 

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Gödöllö is 30 km (18.5 miles) northeast of Budapest, easily accessible by road, HÉV train or bus. Open Apr–Oct daily 10am–6pm; Nov–Dec Mon–Fri 10am–4pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm; Tickets for the permanent displays in the palace: adults HUF2,200, students HUF1,100, family tickets HUF4,600. 
Address: Grassalkovich-kastély, HRSZ: 5852, Gödöllő 2100, Hungary
Hours: April thru Oct, Daily 10am-6pm & Nov thru Dec, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
Admission: Adults HUF2,200 & Students HUF1,100
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Godollo Palace and Magic Hungary Horse Show from Budapest

Godollo Palace and Magic Hungary Horse Show from Budapest

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Get a glimpse into Hungary’s history and culture on this 4.5-hour Godollo Palace and horse show experience from Budapest. Visit Godollo, the one-time summer residence of Queen Elisabeth, nicknamed ‘Sisi,’ and husband Emperor Franz Joseph I, and enjoy an interior palace tour. Then, visit a farm and enjoy a carriage ride, traditional Hungarian refreshments and a ‘magic’ horse show, complete with equestrian displays. Entrance fees, show, and air-conditioned transport included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$69.51
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$69.51
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Sisi's Godollo Palace Tour from Budapest

Sisi's Godollo Palace Tour from Budapest

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Rewind to the days of ‘Sisi,’ the 19th-century Empress Elizabeth of Austria and Queen of Hungary, on a 3-hour Godollo Palace tour from Budapest. Travel to Godollo, Sisi’s favored summer palace, and take an interior tour of the baroque residence. Learn secrets about Sisi and her husband, Franz Joseph I, and discover their rooms, hidden doors, and possessions as you hear stories about their private lives. Air-conditioned transport and entrance fees included.
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  • 3 hours
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$45.54
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Gödöllö Royal Palace Privately with full board

Gödöllö Royal Palace Privately with full board

To experience the elegance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Budapest visitors don't need to take a trip to Vienna. Instead, enjoy this half-day excursion to the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, less than an hour's drive from Budapest. With this private tour, start your day with easy hotel pickup before you're whisked to the palace to learn about the history of the monarchy and Queen Elisabeth, take in the building's baroque styling, and refresh with a coffee or tea—included in the tour price.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$156.40
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$156.40
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Godollo Sisi Castle and Szentendre Full-Day Private Tour from Budapest

Godollo Sisi Castle and Szentendre Full-Day Private Tour from Budapest

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Discover the baroque palace of Godollo and town of Szentendre on a private day trip from Budapest. Explore Godollo, a favorite residence of 19th-century Empress Elisabeth, known as ‘Sisi,’ and learn about her life here. Then, visit Szentendre, a baroque town with a rich arts heritage overlooking the River Danube. Stroll, shop, and lunch (own expense) here, and visit the museum of your choice. Private air-conditioned transport, plus Godollo and Szentendre museum entrance included.
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  • 8 hours
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$508.03
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Royal Palace of Gödöllő Private Tour - a Half Day Trip from Budapest

Royal Palace of Gödöllő Private Tour - a Half Day Trip from Budapest

Feel the luxurious ambience and atmosphere of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő Learn the fascinating history of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy Round-trip transit from your Vienna hotel via comfortable vehicle
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  • 4 hours
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Private Sissi Castle Tour

Private Sissi Castle Tour

To experience the elegance of the Habsburg Empire, travelers don't need to book a trip to Austria, when just a short drive from Budapest you find the must-visit Gödöllő Palace. Don't miss this stunning royal residence on this private tour from Budapest, complete with hotel pickup, and museum and garden access. On your tour, explore the former summer home of Queen Elizabeth and Francis Joseph, learn about the royals, and get a feel for life under the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
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  • 4 hours
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$155.31
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$155.31
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Countryside: Gödöllő - Sissi Palace Tour (Half-Day Private Tour)

Countryside: Gödöllő - Sissi Palace Tour (Half-Day Private Tour)

Visit the magical former Palace of Queen Elisabeth. During the tour you can get acquainted with the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the life of Sisi. Discover the secrets of the Palace and take a graceful walk in its beautiful Garden! The Grassalkovich Palace in Gödöllő is not just a museum, but the largest Baroque palace in Hungary with unique architecture. A wide range of cultural events and traditions make the Palace one of the most interesting and attractive buildings in Hungary.
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  • 4 hours
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$146.55
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$146.55
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Visit Godollo Castle on a private tour

Visit Godollo Castle on a private tour

Godollo Castle is the only Hungarian Royal Castle survived the stormy history of Hungary, and the second largest Baroque Castle of the world. The castle was used by the Grassalkovich family, Austrian empress Marie Therese and during the Austro-Hungarian Empire became a favorite summer residence of the royals. Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth, who spent a great deal of time here. Explore Godollo Castle on a private tour!
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  • 6 hours
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$195.66
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$195.66
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Half-day tour to the Royal Palace in Gödöllő

Half-day tour to the Royal Palace in Gödöllő

Come with me if you want to see a wonderful building and you would like to know more details about the Hungarian history in the last 150 years. Our tour will take us to the largest Baroque palace in Hungary (30 Km) that was used by the royal family between 1867 and 1918. After a hard period in the last 50 years the building has been beautifully renovated. We will visit an exhibition of Baroque period and the former rooms of Franz Joseph and the popular Queen Elisabeth (Sissy).
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  • 4 hours
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$263.65
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What are Gödöllo Royal Palace (Gödölloi Királyi Kastély) hours of operation?
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Gödöllo Royal Palace (Gödölloi Királyi Kastély) hours of operation: April thru Oct, Daily 10am-6pm & Nov thru Dec, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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