Grassalkovich Palace, Gödöllő (near Budapest)
Grassalkovich Palace in Gödöllő is an imperial and royal palace in Pest County, central Hungary. It was built in baroque style and was the favourite place of queen Elisabeth of Hungary (Sissi).
The palace is one of the most important and largest monuments of Hungarian palace architecture. Its builder, Count Antal Grassalkovich (1694–1771) was a typical figure of the regrouping Hungarian aristocracy of the 18th century. The construction began around 1733, under the direction of András Mayerhoffer (1690–1771) a Salzburg builder.
The palace has a double U shape, and is surrounded by an enormous park. The building underwent several enlargements and modifications during the 18th century. By then the building had 8 wings, and - beside the residential part - it contained a church, a theatre, a riding-hall, a hothouse, a greenhouse for flowers and an orangery.
After the male side of the Grassalkovich family died out in 1841, the palace had several owners, and in 1867 it was bought for the crown. Francis Joseph (1867–1916) and later Charles IV and the royal family spent several months in Gödöllő every year.
Today the castle houses several exhibitions and from time to time classical concerts are being held here.
Interactive exhibition in the Riding hall, Baroque stables and Stablemen rooms.
The Grassalkovich family era
Filling six galleries, this is an exhibition of the first century of the Palace and the first three generations of the Grassalkovich family, with insight into the Baroque church. The wall paintings dating from this period have been restored or reconstructed.
The Palace Church
A unique feature of the church is that it has two Rococo style pulpits. Above the entrance to the oratory there is a Venetian mosaic portrait of Antal Grassalkovich I. The church has kept parish registers since 1769, and has functioned as an independent parish church since that time.
The Royal Suites
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 period is evoked in 14 galleries: the faithfully restored royal suites and the ceremonial hall.
9-11 June: Coronation weekend with market and craftwork and playhouse for children
30 June: Bartok and Kodaly piano concert
We are organising tours here and alternatively to the nearby equestrian farm to watch a dramatic horse show followed by delicious lunch and carriage ride, with private driver from your Budapest hotel. Sign up if interested.