Gödöllő is home to the second largest Baroque castle in the world

Royal Palace
Royal Palace gardens
Royal Palace

Why visit: second largest Baroque castle in the world, botanical garden

Things to Do and See in Gödöllő

Gödöllő, located about 20 miles northeast of Budapest, is a historic town which dates back to the 14th century. The city is famous for its Royal Palace, which is the second largest Baroque castle in the world. Gödöllő also played a significant role in Hungarian art history. Between 1901 and 1920, the artists' colony of Hungarian Art Deco was based here. The city is also home to the Saint Stephen University (Szent István Egyetem), a renowned institution of agriculture.

Royal Palace, Gödöllő

Antal Grassalkovich, a well respected aristocrat, built the Castle at the beginning of the 18th century. Later, during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the castle became a favorite summer residence of the royals. Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth spent a great deal of time here. Empress Elizabeth especially enjoyed spending time here, as she loved Hungary far more than Austria and was happy to be in the company of Hungarians. After 1945, the Soviet Army took possession of the building, which resulted in decades of deterioration. Recently, the castle was beautifully restored to its original splendor, along with the upper and lower gardens. The palace houses a permanent exhibition, as well as seasonal exhibits offering historical and contemporary art all year round.

Arboretum of Gödöllő

The botanical garden of Gödöllő was established in 1902. Over the years, it had become one of the most significant botanical gardens in Hungary. Nature lovers will definitely enjoy a visit.

Getting to Gödöllő from Budapest: Gödöllő can be easily reached from Budapest with the suburban train (HÉV), which leaves from Örs Vezér tere. Örs Vezér tere is reachable by subway M2 (red line) and the HÉV station is across from the subway station.

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