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Horthy's Bunker in the palace of Gödöllő

Királyi Kastély

Horthy's Bunker

Horthy's Bunker

In the spring of 1944, the Royal Castellanship of Buda decided to have a bunker constructed for Regent Miklós Horthy, his family and his immediate entourage in Queen Elizabeth’s Garden. The building work was supervised by the Ministry of Home Defence and thus the necessary materials were procurable despite the ongoing wartime conditions.
    The architect dr. Pál Csonka (1896–1987) was invited to plan the bunker, which could hold a maximum of twenty people. The side walls of the ten-metre deep refuge were constructed of 150 to 170-centimetre thick concrete. The bunker had two entrances – an inner one, with a narrow, tunnel-like corridor leading from ground level, and a surface entrance, accessible from the front garden. The bunker was about 55 m2 and it consisted of two rooms. According to the interior plans, these rooms had wooden floorboards, beams in the ceiling and wood-panelled walls. The fittings were made of Borov pine and included tables, chairs, benches, cupboards, and sofas with open-out mattresses. A telephone line was also installed.
    At the end of 1944, the palace was occupied first by German and then by Soviet troops. Miklós Horthy never inhabited his bunker and we have no data concerning the further uses it may have been put to. The concrete housing of the external entrance to the bunker was broken up in spring 1996, when the front garden was reconstructed to resemble its Monarchy-era state.
    The renovation of the bunker was financed by a European Union grant in 2010. Today visitors can see a reconstruction of the original fixtures and fittings in one of its rooms, while the other contains details of the history of the building of the bunker.


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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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