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Certain supplementary elements of your choice may be added to events, transporting your guests back into various historical periods of the Palace (Baroque period, royal era).

 
 

PROGRAMME RECOMMENDATIONS to supplement events in the Royal Palace of Gödöllő

 

Your event can be enhanced by various creative ideas and supplementary elements, so that you and your guests enjoy a successful and memorable time. The success of the event is guaranteed by the unique environment, quality cultural elements and an experienced professional team.

  • Regal environment
  • Romantic atmosphere
  • Picturesque park
  • Full-service planning
  • Quality catering
  • Unique historic venue

 

Nostalgia trip

From the West Station in Budapest to the Royal Waiting Room in Gödöllő by steam train

 

Joyride, nostalgia taxi

Carriage ride inside or outside the Palace park

 

Recommended for welcoming guests:

Guests welcomed by fanfares and a line of hussars with torches

 

Royal reception

Queen Elisabeth welcomes guests to the Palace

Authentically dressed museum guides show guests around

Photographs in contemporary costume. Nostalgic photographs (in archaic sepia) are developed within 10 minutes in the photographic laboratory

 

Package offers

 

  • CAKES, COFFEE or COCKTAILS in the café or the private room

 

  • Welcome cocktail, then CAKES and COFFEE after visiting the PALACE, followed by a CONCERT in the BAROQUE THEATRE

 

  • Welcome cocktail, then LUNCH in the BAROQUE hall after visiting the PALACE

 

NEW! WINE AND CULINARY ADVENTURE TOURS IN THE SPIRIT OF HUNGARICA

 

BAROQUE THEATRE PERFORMANCES, DANCE PRESENTATIONS, ORCHESTRAS, CONCERTS

 

Savaria Chamber Opera performances

1. Queen Sissi – a musical play in four parts performed in Hungarian or German:

works by J. Strauss, F. Schubert, J. Haydn, J. Brahms, Ferenc Erkel, with 3 singers, 4 musicians and 2-4 dancers

 

2. G.B. Pergolesi: La serva padrona (The Servant Mistress)

2 singers, 1 mute player, 4 musicians, approximately 1 hour. In Hungarian (later also in Italian).

An amusing comedy for all occasions (either independently or as a supplementary element to an event, congress, etc.) for all ages.

 

 

3. W. A. Mozart: Bastien and Bastienne

3 singers, 5 musicians, approximately 1 hour, German or Hungarian. A jolly play composed by Mozart as a child.

 

Baroque masterpieces

 

The Marquise ensemble have been giving their special, unique concerts throughout Europe and Hungary for 7 years now. The musical experience comprising Baroque, Rococo and early Classical works is enriched with authentic clothes, drama and verse recitations. The two singers are Judit Felszeghy (coloratura) and László Blaskovics (countertenor). After more than a hundred successful performances in Hungary, the Marquise ensemble turned towards Europe in February 2008: they gave concerts at the Venice Carnival, and in the Matthias Church in Buda they played Handel’s Messiah with an 80-member boys’ choir from Basel. Their repertoire includes selected masterpieces by Hungarian Baroque composers, as well as works by G.F.Händel, A.Vivaldi, C.Monteverdi, H.Purcell and W.A. Mozart, sometimes with narration in foreign languages.

 

Company Canario Historic Dance Ensemble

Period music is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. In earlier times, music, dance and theatre were a part of everyday life. In the over-paced modern world, the tranquillity, elegance and beauty of those times can provide a real diversion. The Company Canario Historic Dance Ensemble was established in 1992 with the aim of familiarising Hungarian people with old dances, which together with the increasingly popular period music provides concert audiences with a wonderful, complex experience. The members of the ensemble come from various Hungarian folk groups and ballet companies. Adapted for dance theatre, the choreography is based on original books describing dances from the European Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as 19th century ballroom dances. Their historic fashion show is an unusual adventure in clothes, music and dance through the centuries from Roman times up till Art Nouveau.

 

Some other recommended musicians

Cuento Guitarre Trio

Gödöllő Consort

Grassalkovich String Quartet

TELURES Ensemble

Mária Lévai, harpist

Custos Viol Consort

Gyula Balogh jnr. Gipsy Band

 

Falconry and archery show

Ancient Hungarian hunting methods are demonstrated in the Palace park. The show includes birds used in falconry, the Hungarian Origins Myth, the history of falconry, a flying demonstration and the traditions of falconry in Gödöllő. This is followed by the development of the bow, famous archers from history, “the Magyars’ arrows” in hunting, and a musketry demonstration. (The archers demonstrate the bows and their use dressed in the costumes and using the equipment of the respective periods). After the presentation, visitors can try out archery and bird flying for themselves.

 

 

Equestrian programmes in the Palace Park

 

Lady riders

 

Hungarian Dama Horse Club

Hungarian Dama Horse Club shows are elegant and fun to watch. The performance is underscored by classical music appropriate to the event. As a result of special training, the audience will be dazzled by the most unusual elements from dressage and the circus. Beauty and graceful elegance are united in the horse and its lady rider, a combination which has provided a unique experience for thousands over many years. The fragility of the ladies is further emphasised by the retinue of manly and elegant hussars. The costumes faithfully reflect the regal atmosphere of Gödöllő. The ladies’ costumes are authentic reproductions of Queen Elisabeth’s riding dress. The hussars are dressed as would be in the time of the Monarchy.

 

Pack hunting shows

 

Pack hunting shows - à la Capári. “I would never have believed that hunting, even at the level of the horse and hound sport, could involve enough excitement. No blood, no game, just a large pack of hounds out of breath, riders in authentic costumes, wonderful horses and endless hillsides of wood and brush.  So, pack hunting still exists today. It’s just a bit different, though, more subtle and reserved than the sport pursed by our ancestors in the good old days.”

The beautiful Palace park may be one of the most authentic venues for the Capári Lovasudvar pack hunting shows. It may be supplemented by characters in costume, carriages, or additional feats of riding. A truly dynamic, spectacular show!

 

Mihály Jászsági Szűcs Band of Hussars

 

Their aim is to present genuine Hungarian national and military traditions in a spectacular show for the whole of Europe. The persons, associations and professional organisations participating are almost all members of the Hungarian Association for Preserving Hussar  and Military Traditions. The 20 year existence of the association and their wide range of experience in arranging national and international events, as well as their team of expert organisers guarantee a high standard of performance.

 

Mátyus Court Eger

 

The art of riding - our show is characterised by perfect harmony between horse and rider. The audience can enjoy a series of dazzling items both in the saddle and on the ground, including passage, piaffe, levade, kurbett and kapriol. The show features Lipica, Andalusian and Friesian horses.

 

GIFT SHOP

 

There is a selection of books on sale related to Queen Elisabeth, as well as postcards and gifts evoking the Monarchy era. You can choose from our Hungaricum packages and souvenirs, which can be marked with individual emblems for your event.

 

Additional offers:

- accommodation: we can help you find accommodation (from a guesthouse to a 5-star hotel)

- event decorations, flower arrangements

- personalised menu cards, seating cards, invitations

- animators

- children’s animators, playhouse

- museum workshops

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European Day of Historic Gardens – April 26th 2024

The Committee of Ministers of the European Council adopted the "Cultural Routes" program in 2010. It aims to promote the common European culture through the presentation of the historical, artistic and social values of the historical gardens of the member states. The Royal Palace of Gödöllő joined the European Historic Gardens Route on June 27, 2023, with the support of the Hungarian Garden Heritage Foundation. This supports the exchange of experiences on practical issues such as the preservation and renewal of historic gardens, as well as their ecological and economic sustainability. This year, on April 26, the "European Day of Historic Gardens" event will be held for the fifth time, offering a glimpse into the common historical, cultural and botanical heritage of European united gardens. The Royal Palace of Gödöllő also participates in the series of events with a number of programs that help you discover the locations secrets of our English garden.       Program of activities   „Tales with Prince Magnus Mousecastle”- discovery package for families (available in Hungarian) Days and timetable of the activities: 26-28.04.2024. With Prince Magnus Mousecastle, the number one mouse dweller of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, you can discover the secret places, animals and plants of the palace park. With the help of the workbook, you can acquire knowledge in a playful way, and the park map helps you orientate. The self-discovery package can be found at the palace’s ticket office this weekend at a discount of 500 HUF.   Park plants and insects nature trail Days and timetable of the activities: 26-28.04.2024. (available in Hungarian) The palace park, as part of the Danube-Ipoly National Park, has many special plant varieties that would not be so beautiful without the insects that pollinate them. These little creatures don't always get the attention they deserve, so you can get to know them better on the free educational trail at the weekend. “Treasures in the park” (available in Hungarian) Days and timetable of the activities: 26.04.2024. & 27.04.2024 During the museum pedagogical session, we visit the secret places, plants and animals of the park. We set off with a treasure hunt worksheet in the palace park, which is part of the Danube-Ipoly National Park. On the Day of European Historical Gardens (26.04.) The program can be visited in Hungarian with a discounted ticket price. “Bird watching” (available in Hungarian) Days and timetable of the activities: 27.04.2024. In the framework of an interactive walk, we visit the bird boxes of the palace park, get acquainted with the most popular species that like to nest here.  Our professional partner is the Gödöllő Local Group of the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Protection Association. Royal Hill Pavilion visit Days and timetable of the activities: 26-28.04.2024. Located around 200 metres from the Palace, the Royal Hill Pavilion is the only remaining building in the Palace Park which dates from the Baroque period. It was Antal Grassalkovich I who had the hexagonal pavilion built in the 1760s. There are 54 oil paintings depicting Hungarian leaders and kings incorporated into the panelled walls of the pavilion. The building was reconstructed in 2002. The set of pictures were re-created by means of advanced photographic technology in 2004, and since then the pavilion may be visited on guided tours. On this day from 10.00 to 16.00 it can be visited free of charge.   “Take a walk in the park” Days and timetable of the activities: 26.04.2024. (available in Hungarian) During the park walk, walking among centuries-old trees, you can get acquainted with the history of the garden, but you can also get an insight into the flora and fauna of this protected natural area of national importance. Participation fee: discounted ticket price 1.000 HUF/person. A link to your website with the explanation of the activity and images of the activity    “Historical garden walk” Days and timetable of the activities: 26-27.04.2024. (available in Hungarian) We get acquainted with the construction history of the palace and the transformation of the park, including the English and French styles of garden and their uses. During the guided tour we also take a walk in the rarely visited front gardens. Participation fee: discounted ticket price 1.000 HUF/person. “Concert in the park” Days and timetable of the activities: 26.04.2024. A concert of chamber music can be heard in the magnificent palace park. The concert lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The program is free of charge.    
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Story cube – a new educational tool

Story cube – a new educational tool

Together with the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów and the Italian non-governmental organisation Stazione Utopia, we exchange knowledge and experiences as well as train and teach how to encourage local communities gathered around museums to engage in voluntary work and how to talk about cultural, natural and historical heritage in an interesting manner. Together with our colleagues from Hungary and Italy, we have created a publicly available educational tool – the story cube that supports volunteers and educators in learning how to build a unique story, organise arguments, build independent judgments about the object or phenomenon in question, while incorporating their own stories and experiences. Activities implemented as part of the project: International Learning, Teaching, Training (LTT) meetings, during which a group of experts from Wilanów, Gödöllő and Florence selected in the programme exchanges good practice and then trains one another in areas such as working with volunteers and immigrants as well as creating an engaged community around institutions. Four meetings: two in Warsaw and two in Florence and Gödöllő, respectively, have been held during the course of the project. Transnational Project Meetings (TPMs) in each of the participating organisations help us implement our planned activities effectively. Developing an educational tool, known as the story cube. The tool supports the adult education personnel in contacting the local community and engaging it in activities related to the voluntary programme. An online seminar to discuss the experiences we have gained and disseminate the educational tool we have developed is to be held in January 2023. Writing a series of articles on informal adult education and engaging the local community in the activities of institutions. Feel free to check out the materials on the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE): Local community engagement in museum programs: practices, experiences and challenges and Też tak chcę! Story cube – a new educational tool   As part of the Erasmus+ project, “Museum of Communities”, along with our partners from the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów and the non-governmental organisation Stazione Utopia in Florence, we have created a new publicly available educational tool.The story cube supports our work with volunteers in terms of creating engaging and unique stories about museum items. We have designed not one but two cubes: senses cube, to support the process of experiencing objects through our senses; mind cube, to encourage users to think and reflect critically. Story cubes allow the users to ask questions about heritage objects and look at them in a new manner, inspiring them to learn collectively and have a discussion. The tool may be used with both beginners and advanced storytellers. Story cubes are a universal solution to be used in adult education. The project has been co-financed by the European Commission from the Erasmus+ programme supporting strategic partnerships at a European level. Projects related to education and training promote the development of knowledge in Europe and make it possible to achieve the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy – sustainable development and social inclusion. Download the detailed instructions and a graphic template for the story cubes: Erasmus+ Storycube black and white Erasmus+ Storycube color Erasmus+ Mindcube black and white Erasmus+ Mindcube color Instructions
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NEW MEMBER OF THE VIA HABSBURG: THE ROYAL PALACE OF GÖDÖLLŐ

NEW MEMBER OF THE VIA HABSBURG: THE ROYAL PALACE OF GÖDÖLLŐ

The Via Habsburg, a Cultural Route certified by the Council of Europe, now has a Hungarian location.  As the initiation ceremony of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, one of the most beautiful baroque buildings of Hungary, took place on 13 October 2023. Besides Hofrat Mag. Reinhold Sahl, president of the Via Habsburg Association, dr. Tamás Ujvári managing director of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, and dr. György Gémesi, the mayor of Gödöllő, the partner institutions also attended the event. Thus, the National Heritage Institute, the Castle Headquarters and the Otto von Habsburg Foundation were also represented. There might not be other palace or historical building in Hungary that the public associates with the Habsburgs as much as the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, and there are several reasons for this: A Hungarian nobleman Antal Grassalkovich, an important ally of Maria Theresa, had the grand palace built in the mid-18th century.  Their relationship was not only a political relationship but also a mutual deep sympathy that later turned into a friendship. Therefore, the Queen of Hungary paid a visit to the palace in 1751, which was her easternmost visit. This close cooperation was profitable not only for the palace but for the town as well. It was a prospering period both architecturally and economically; the impact of that period can still be seen today. Besides Maria Theresa, there is one more well-known female member of the Habsburg family who is closely tied to the palace: As Empress Elisabeth, ”Sisi”, and Emperor Franz Joseph got the palace and the park as a coronation gift from the State of Hungary after the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867.  Thus, the Empress spent over 2000 days in Gödöllő throughout her life, mainly in the spring and autumn. The residence of the imperial couple was preceded by extensive renovation and redecoration. Additionally, an important innovation, a railway line was built close to the palace. The construction was done at the highest standards of the time, thus the place became internationally well-known in a short time and gained great prestige. The president of the Via Habsburg, Mag. Reinhold Sahl, and the managing director of the Palace, dr. Tamás Ujvári, both emphasized in their speeches the importance of cooperation and regular consultations and the significance of friendship which is also part of the history of the Palace.   „States, cities, region have their particular characteristics. These characteristics, however, do not separate us from each other. The mission of the Cultural Route is to highlight our similarities. The common historical traits connect us and make us friends.” (Hofrat Mag. Sahl, president of the Via Habsburg) Dr. György Gémesi, the mayor of the town, also spoke about the advantages of being part of this project: „Joining a European environment, either through twin towns such as Bad Ischl, Laxenburg, Aichach, Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav or through the Via Habsburg Cultural Route and its network, means that the connections of the town are getting stronger in Central-Europe. These connections are rooted in history, which should work in 2023 and they do work excellently.”   You can read the Via Habsburg’s newsletter HERE
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News release: Highlights of the Schönbrunn Collection

News release: Highlights of the Schönbrunn Collection

Elisabeth Wittelsbach was undoubtedly one of the most interesting European historical figures of the 19th century, whose worldwide popularity has been growing steadily since. Therefore, the upcoming exhibition at the Royal Palace of Gödöllő is dedicated to Queen Elisabeth, displaying unique personal belongings of the Queen and her immediate family members. On 18 July in Vienna, dr Tamás Ujváry, managing director of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő and Mag. Klaus Panholzer, managing director of Schönbrunn Group signed the contract that officially gave the green light to the Sisi on Tour exhibition. For the very first time, a selection of the most fascinating and Sisi-related items of the incredible collection of Schönbrunn will be shown outside of Vienna, and the first stop is Gödöllő. The exhibition, which will open on 8 September, is the result of years of outstanding collaborative work of the two Palaces. The two most important Sisi cult places – both members of the European Royal Residences Association – can respectfully commemorate the 125th anniversary of Queen Elisabeth’s death with a joint seasonal exhibition. What makes this exhibition exceptional is that the Royal Palace of Gödöllő has never housed an exhibition owned and arranged by a foreign museum. Furthermore, the art objects arriving at the tourist centre are not only special but hold an immense value. Thanks to the cooperation of the cult places, visitors can learn about the personality and myths of the Queen as never before. After the successful opening of the Sisi Museum at the Hofburg in Vienna in 2004, the collection strategy of the Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. (Schönbrunn Group for short) shifted the focus onto the expansion of the “Empress Elisabeth” collection. Today, the ever-growing assemblage consists of more than 1000 pieces, thus making it the biggest “Sisi-collection” in the world. The Viennese experts have arranged a travelling exhibition showcasing the most intriguing pieces that will debut at the Royal Palace of Gödöllő. The exhibition will display more than 200 art pieces of this collection. The exhibition will show, for instance, the little silk gown and bonnet that Elisabeth wore at her christening. This cream-coloured, frilly dress is decorated with lace and floral embroidery. Visitors can also view a small, gilded container that is decorated with the imperial motto and the Holy Crown of Hungary. The item also contains soil from the ‘coronation hill’ of 8 June 1867. A small locket in which the photographs of Gisela and Rudolf lay was also made of gold. According to the engraving (“Mama 24. Dez. 1885”), the jewellery was given for the Queen’s birthday/Christmas by her children. As Queen Elisabeth was becoming more and more reclusive and tended to withdraw from the public eye, she started to wear lace veil and held a fan or an umbrella to hide her face from the prying eyes of onlookers and photographers. Hence, a special accessory, a black, lace-decorated, silk parasol that can be folded down to a length of 25 cm, will be shown as well. A painting by Lipót Horovitz will be on display in the last room of the exhibition. After the death of the Queen, he was commission by Franz Joseph to paint the portrait. The Queen is standing in front of a neutral background, she is wearing a black day dress, holding a fan in the painting. Besides the portraits of the members of the imperial house, documents (e.g.: the beauty regimens of the Queen), porcelain (e.g.: a porcelain set from Achilleion Palace, Corfu), textiles (e.g.: the gymnastic trousers of the Queen, the hunting vest of Crown Prince Rudolf), engravings and etchings can also be seen. The seasonal exhibition will be open between 8 September 2023 and 28 January 2024. The curator is Michael Wohlfart, Queen Elisabeth expert of the Sisi Museum, Vienna.
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