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Sissi's Palace (Achilleon)

Gastouri 49100, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Gastouri
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Ghent, Belgium
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This former residence of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth ("Sissi") is in just about every travel guide defined as one of the must-sees of Corfu, but is in reality not that much of a deal. The neoclassical building dating from the late 19th century and is built around the theme of the Greek hero Archilles. Upon entering you immediately see the... More

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Solihull
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Sorry didn't go here got confused - I'm sure it's nice but I can't really comment as no visit made and I couldn't find out how to delete entry.

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South Wales, UK
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

We went here during a rainy spell in Corfu, there being very few wet weather attractions on the island. As it's a palace, we were expecting something larger and grander, but to be honest in the UK it would probably be called a manor house or, at best, a stately home. Having said that, it was a pleasant enough way... More

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Rotterdam, Nederland
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

With two princesses in our party, my wife and my daughter, we saved this palace for the end of our holiday on the island. I pitty the horses that brought Sissi up hill. What a clrly drive it is! The palace itself is neat. I liked especially the staircase and the patio with all the statues. Of course the garden... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

After her 1864 visit to MON REPOS PALACE Austrian empress SISSI decided to purchase the grounds near GASTOURI VILLAGE and have her White Palace "ACHILLEON" constructed on the vast woodland estate. Today vast numbers of cruise ship passengers and beach tourists pay the 7 euro entrance to visit the decadence for a few hours. Despite revenue this vast flow of... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Really enjoyed this place didn't think I was going to as my Partner doesn't do history. However, the audio guide was fantastic and well worth the extra couple of euros, it drew our attention to things we wouldn't have noticed if we had just wandered around. The only downside is the parking. If you are able it is best to... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This palace is really beautiful in an ostentatious kind of way. There appears to be too much statuary which makes it look a little over the top as far as palace viewing goes. There is no doubt the palace is a grand feature on the Corfu tourist map but it seems to be both a mixture of ancient and modern... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

We got there early morning so we beat the crowds. I would recommend the audio guide for 3 more euros well worth it. It gives you the full picture of the history of owners and Sissis story something that you wouldn't really know without the guide. The rooms have some beautiful features and the staircase and paintings are fantastic. Outside... More

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Builth Wells, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was worth taking the time out to see a bit of real Corfu and to hear about the history/folklore of the Corfu of the past. Go for it!

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Budapest, Hungary
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20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It's a nice drive up to the palace, unless you're coming with a scooter the parking could be a little difficult. The entrance fee cost 7 euro but for this you'll able to see an amazing building and some amazing views.

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