Sandor Palace
Sandor Palace
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Neighborhood: District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
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Pandamedic
Lichfield, UK5,609 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There really isn't much special about the palace. Actually looks like a big house. Nothing really grand about it. It was nice to see the changing of the guard though. Amazing how close you are to it all.
Written February 24, 2020
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BarbieMegaTraveller
Sydney, Australia6,915 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This is the residence of the President and is located at the top next to Buda Castle where the funicular is located. You will see there are always military soldiers guarding the palace and you are welcome to take photographs, but you won't be able to get access inside the palace.

As a building on its own, it is interesting but not very eye-catching - though if you happen to see the official changing of the guards ceremony (which I didn't :( sadly), then it is well worth it and probably deserves an extra star. Here are the ceremony details:

* Monday to Sunday: 9am – 5pm on the hour (eg 10am, 11am, etc).

* Special Saturdays: once a month on the last Saturday of the month, the changing of the guards is accompanied by music. The Special Saturday Changing of the Guards is at 12pm.
Written October 30, 2017
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
One of the buildings you can see at the top of Castle Hill is the Sandor Palace. This is the official residence of the Hungarian President and can be seen just beside the funicular upper terminus.

This palace was originally commissioned by Count Vincent Sandor and built between 1803-1806. For much of its history, it was used as a government building and to house officials, including 19 different Prime Ministers.

Unfortunately, the Sandor Palace was destroyed during WWII and subsequently left in ruins until it was renovated to its original condition between 1989-2002.

While it seems that visits within this palace are not presently allowed, you can watch the regular changing of the guards, which stand guard to the building. This is a traditional ceremony to witness if you happen to be around at the time when this occurs.
Written April 1, 2014
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Adam G
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to see the guard change , and after all we live in London we did not expected too much but they surprised us. During the change the soldiers did a very impressive show I have to say , if you like this kind of things definitely visit it. Cheat: if you wanna have a good sight a few minute before stand front of the building about the middle of the square just to the left of the gate, so basically they will perform the show front of you. So stand front of the guard box on the left of the gate.
Written March 6, 2015
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Gabriella A
Cluj-Napoca, Romania229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
It's located in the Castle District area and it's worth stopping by to see the Guards and also take some pictures with them if you want.
Written January 4, 2013
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Ferenc10
Budapest150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
For many years, the Sándor Palace has been open for the public every year in summer (at least at weekends) when the President went on holiday. Unfortunately, there is no such information on the web if the palace opens its gate for visitors this years. It would be worth a visit.
At present the palace can be seen from the street and tourists can also see changing of the guard.
Written August 27, 2015
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Shahrzad sh
United Arab Emirates1,871 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Here is a beautiful gate with attractive architecture!its near the President place.there are many beautiful views 😍😍
Written September 8, 2021
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Jackie H
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A most pleasant area to stroll around and take in the sights on this side of the river. Also offered good views across the river to the Parliament buildings.
We were also lucky to catch the changing of the guards at mid day.
Written November 24, 2019
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K72
Melbourne, Australia3,071 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
saw the changing of the guard ceremony here whilst visiting Buda castle. Ceremony was brief but interesting to watch. Nice views from the top of the hill. Building is well maintained and looks good.
Written July 5, 2019
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Madhusudhan Konda
London, UK778 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
The Sandor Palace is the official residence and headquarters of the president of Hungary. It was, as with all other buildings in Budapest, destroyed in the world war 2. Originally built in 1806 in the neoclassical style, Sandor Palace is housed inside Buda castle. You can see the guards change(not as lavish as the Buckingham places guards change in London, but I like the simplicity!) every hour up until 5pm with a little pomp of marching and drum rolls and rifle displays.

The views of neighbouring parliament and chain bridge as well as St Stephen’s Basilica are grand. There’s no entry fees to the castle unless you wish to visit the museums. If you have a bit of time hang around for the sunset as I must say the views are extraordinarily!

Written October 29, 2018
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