Royal Palace of Gödöllő
Royal Palace of Gödöllő
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shayna797
Atlanta, GA135 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Family
We had a lovely visit to Godollo. It is smaller than Versailles or Peterhof or Schoenberg but has much of the same feel of grandeur. Because it is a bit off of the beaten path, it is less crowed and easier to maneuver around. It took half of a day and was quite interesting.
Written June 17, 2023
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Sari L
Kangasala, Finland76 contributions
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Apr 2013 • Friends
We visited the Royal Palace of Gödöllö in mid April while staying one week in Budapest. I recommend this place to anyone who is interested in the history of Hungary during the last 300 years and especially during the era of Queen Elisabeth (Sissi) who was very much appreciated by the Hungarian people. The palace is Sissi's dearest residence because she could live there more private life than anywhere else and had possibility to do her favourite hobby: horse riding.

The Palace is located in the middle of a town called Gödöllö which is about 28 km from Budapest.
We took a local train (HEV) from Örs vesér tere (the end stop of M2, red metro line). It takes a few minutes walk to the train station and you have to go through the underpass from the metro station. The round-trip ticket to Gödöllö costs HUF 1.400. Get off the train at the 3rd last stop: Gödöllö/Szabadság tér. The train took about 45 minutes and already this was a memorable part of our trip. You can see the landscape and travel in a little old-fashioned train.

It took about 5 minutes to reach the Palace from the train stop and you could see the Palace already from there.

We had an guided tour (about 30 minutes) in the Palace which gave us more insight of the history. The restorers have made an incredible good work during the last years especially if you think about that after 1920's until 1989 there was no renovation at all taking place there.

You can visit this place all year round. However I recommend spring, summer and autumn because you can enjoy most of the garden during these times.

There is a nice coffee shop with possibility to enjoy the refresments, pastries (eg. sacher) etc. inside the Palace or in the garden. Also two gift shops are available there.

After the Palace tour we went to the town square and ate delicous langos (Hungarian speciality fast food).
Written April 23, 2013
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melbgirl123
Melbourne, Australia749 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Solo
This castle is not that impressive. It is Sisi's favourite palace because she was very shy and wanted to escape the Viennese court, not because this palace is beautiful. In fact this palace has been neglected since Sisi's days and was used by the Soviet troops and then the government as an elderly people's nursing home for many years. It is only since 1980s that they decided to restore the palace for tourism so none of the furniture is original from the palace but taken from other palaces or recreated.

The gardens are not pretty either, just trees, no flowers.

It is quite far to get there by public transport so unless you have a lot of time to spare, I would say don't bother.

How to get to Godollo Palace by public transport?

(1) take M2 red line metro to Ors Vezer Ter

(2) you need to change to suburban line so walk under the LEFT underpass from the station to the H8 suburban line and get out above the street. There you will see a red ticket booth manned by people and you will need to buy return suburban train ticket as my 24hour Budapest metropolitan ticket does not cover this. There are many station names with Godollo on it. The one you need to get off at is "gödöllő szabadság tér".
At this station you will see Godollo palace diagonally opposite the station and it only takes 5 minutes to walk there.

As the return train only comes once every 30 minutes on Sundays (when I visited) so I suggest you to check timetable otherwise you could end up waiting a long time like I did.

Do buy the additional suburban train ticket which costs around 1600 zloty as there were plain clothes ticket inspectors on the trains - I was checked twice on that trip.
Written October 11, 2018
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DitaTee
Spokane, WA43 contributions
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Sep 2015 • Solo
Take the Red Line Metro to Ors Vezer Ter. Walk under the road and up the other side to the HEV Suburban railway. You will need a ticket which can be bought on board for 370 forint. Get out at Godollo Szabadsag Ter. Exit the train to the Right. Go to the crosswalk and cross the road. You will see 2 Baroque posts. Walk through and up the hill into castle.
Written September 18, 2015
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MadamJosephine
Melbourne, Australia1,324 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Couples
As other reviewers have said the best way to get directly to the Palace from Budapest is to take the Red Metro Line 2 to its terminus at Ors Vezer Ter. Then take the Number 8 train. This train is very well signposted from the Metro Station, but just in case, you come up the steps from the metro, walk a few metres then go down another set of steps coming up on the train station side. The Godollo train will be there on your right hand side, well signposted. You can buy a ticket on the train. If you want to buy a ticket it's 370Flt, which is well marked at the automatic kiosk, if you don't have any other travel cards that you are using to get a discount. Simplest is to just get on the train, which runs every half hour in the mornings, for example 9.18, 9.48, 10.18, 10.48am. The conductor was really nice.The only problem on the way out is that not all stations are clearly marked. So keep an eye on those stations that are marked and check this against the station stop template inside the train. that way you can count how many more stops to go!! There are 4 Godollo stations and you want to get off at the second "Godollo Szabadsag" The stop before is "Godollo Erzsebet Park" but on our visit this was not signposted at the train stop!! Once off the train, turn 180 degrees, cross the train track and road, walk along a path and you will find it on the RHS. Once again it's not very clearly marked, but obvious when you get close. We really enjoyed our visit and pay the extra to see the Baroque Theatre which is a guided tour, so ask when you are buying your tickets when the next one in your language is going, as you can come back to the rest of the Palace and gardens after the tour, which only takes 10 minutes. They don't try to sell you this extra ticket when you buy your entrance ticket which is approx $13pp. Audio Guide is $4 pp and well worth getting, the theatre $3.50 pp. The coffee shop was great for a break, good coffee and cakes. Return is simple, every 30 minutes from 11.24am. After 2.24pm the trains run every 15 minutes.
Written September 6, 2017
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Lee G
Budapest, Hungary26 contributions
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Dec 2012 • Family
Cafe is fine, cakes and coffee excellent; garden recently renovated, very large, but the museum itself is wonderful. 20 years ago it housed Soviet troops, now it is in fine condition, with many examples of period art and costume.
Plenty of regular events, particularly good at Xmas for craft fairs, drinks, and music.
Written December 7, 2012
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Karoly75
Buenos Aires, Argentina225 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Couples
In order to reach this Royal Castle, unless you drive a car, the best way is to take the subway Nº 2 (red line) to the end station (Örs Vezér tere), cross to the local electric train (HÉV) and take it to Gödöllö. There are 4 stations in this city, get off on the second (Szabadság-tér) and just across ther railway line lies the beautiful castle. It was built as the summer residence for queen Elizabeth, wife of the emperor Franz Joseph, she (Sissy) preferred to pass her time in Hungary instead of the stifling atmosphere of the Viennese court and this was her favourite place to stay. Her ladies-in-waiting were all Hungarian, she also learned the language to communicate better. After the war and during the communist government this fantastically furnished castle was transformed into a hospital and mostly ruined. When Hungary took over the rotative presidency of the EU, in 2011 the castle ws renovated with European fundsand served as the meeting centrum of the EU. After this period it was transformed to its original form of the 19th century and opened to the public as a museum. It is worthwhile the trip to Gödöllö and dedicate a few hours for a tour of the premises and gardens.
Written January 22, 2014
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Mary A
Vienna, Austria10 contributions
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Feb 2013 • Family
We live in Vienna and are bombarded with the Austrian interpretation of the Habsburg empire, so it was very interesting to visit this palace and glimpse the Hungarian perspective. I was also intrigued by the room that discusses the palace in modern times, and especially the bit about how it was used as a Soviet military installation.
Written February 18, 2013
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Ian E
Turre, Spain44 contributions
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Sep 2012 • Solo
I went for a walk on my own there earlier today. You can enter the rear gardens for free by just walking straight though the main entrance hall. It was a beautiful sunny day and I spent 2 hours there just sitting in or walking around the garden. They have a small garden centre in the gardens which I believe was previously used to grown palms. Nice little cafe and toilets can all be accessed for free. In general, the entrance prices to the exhibits were broken down with additional payments to see different things. Each one on their own wasn't so high but when you factor in all the 'attractions', it could work rather more than you planned, so my advice would be to check out the prices before you commit.
Written September 28, 2012
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😊Aii Burstein 🍀🌸
Vienna, Austria3,009 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Family
The Gödöllö Royal Palace is the largest Baroque castle in Hungary, between 1867 and 1918 provide them to Francis Joseph and Queen Elisabeth as a royal resort.
Written March 31, 2014
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