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History of the Royal Palace Gödöllő

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The history of the palace

The history of the palace

Count Antal Grassalkovich I (1694–1771), one of the most notable aristocrats of the 18th century, began construction of the largest Baroque palace in Hungary in around 1735. The double U-shaped, 8-winged building was flanked by a church, orangery and bath house to the north, and stables and a riding hall to the south. The unique architecture of the Palace served as an exemplary model for other Hungarian palaces of the Baroque period.
The second golden age of the building began in 1867. Bought and reconstructed by the Hungarian state, the Palace was presented as a coronation gift to Emperor Francis Joseph I (1830–1916) and Queen Elizabeth (1837–1898) for use as a residence. The royal family would spend the spring and autumn hunting seasons here.
From 1920 onwards the Palace served as a summer retreat for Governor Miklós Horthy. This period ended with the outbreak of World War II. Although the building itself was left undamaged, most of the furnishings were carried away or destroyed by the German and Russian troops invading in 1944.
From 1945 onwards Soviet troops were stationed in the outbuildings, while the main building, classified as a historic monument, became a home for the elderly. These abuses led to a gradual decay of the Palace over the following decades.
Conservation work on the Palace began again in 1985. As a result of this, the first permanent exhibition was opened in 1996: the ceremonial hall and the royal suites. Several new halls have been added to the exhibition since then. Renovation of the Baroque Theatre was completed in 2003 and the Pavilion in 2004.
2010 saw the Gisela and Rudolph wings (named after the royal children) restored to their former splendour with EU support, a section of the Park was renovated and reconstruction of the riding hall and the Baroque stables was completed.
            Historical traditions, a variety of cultural events and its wonderfully restored, uniquely impressive complex and surroundings make the Palace one of the most attractive and exciting buildings and institutions in Hungary.

 

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Maintenance Work Period in the Palace

Maintenance Work Period in the Palace

Maintenance work is scheduled to take place in the Palace from 17th January 2022 until the beginning of March 2022 (the end date may change). In this period, there will be sections in the permanent exhibition (certain rooms) that will be closed for visitors. Due to the closures, we provide a discount on the ticket price of the permanent exhibition. You can see our permanent exhibition accompanied every half hour. First time: 10:30a.m Last time: 3:30 p.m   We will inform our visitors from time to time in the above period on our Facebook Page, so that they know which section of the permanent exhibition is closed. Our visitors are granted discount from the entrance fee of the permanent exhibition because of the limitation on visit in this period. The first phase of maintenance is scheduled from 17th January until 21st January, when it is the Memorial Exhibition of Queen Elisabeth where maintenance activity will take place. In the weekdays of the maintenance period, we offer 20% discount from the entrance fee of the permanent exhibition, at the weekends, however, no discount will be applied.
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Our cafe is temporarily closed

The café is temporarily closed

Dear Guests! The Royal Palace of Gödöllő’s cafe is temporarily closed. Thank you for your understanding!
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The use of a mask is mandatory in the building of the Royal Castle of Gödöllő!

The use of a mask is mandatory

The use of the MASK is obligatory in the building of the Royal Castle of Gödöllő! The use of a mask covering the mouth and nose is mandatory everywhere in the enclosed spaces of the Castle. Optional in the Castle Park Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
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The queen's furniture has returned home!

The queen's furniture has returned home!

The queen's furniture has returned home! Queen Elizabeth's personal furniture, dressing table and glass showcase arrived at the Royal Castle in Gödöllő   Dr. Tamás Ujváry, the managing director of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő Public Benefit Nonprofit Ltd., reminded that the castle operates as a real Sisi cult place. The building also celebrates its anniversary, as it was abandoned by the Soviet army thirty years ago and then opened in 1996, albeit only in part, to visitors in 1996. The anniversary is also connected with the arrival of the two special pieces of furniture, which were successfully repurchased with the help of the National Castle Program and the NÖF, said Dr. Tamás Ujváry. Speaking about the National Castle Program and the National Castle Program, which he supervised as a ministerial commissioner, Zsolt Virág said that they are aimed not only at the restoration of the buildings, but also at their mental rehabilitation. This includes returning any former furnishings to the walls, he noted. According to him, Queen Elizabeth's former dressing table and glazed display case appeared at an auction in Germany, where they were bought back at a starting price, and from Friday the public can meet the artefacts in the castle's permanent exhibition in the queen's dressing room.  
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