• Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Learn the secrets of the royal family on this 4- to 5-hour tour of Gödöllo Palace, the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and the beloved Hungarian Queen Elisabeth. Departing from Budapest, a guide will drive you 30 minutes northeast to explore this lavish Baroque castle. Then, stop at an authentic Hungarian farm to sample palinka, a popular fruit brandy native to Hungary, and savory scones before enjoying a carriage ride. Your tour will conclude with an equestrian show and transportation back to your hotel in Budapest.

Highlights

  • 4.5-hour tour of the royal Baroque palace of Gödöllo and traditional Hungarian farm
  • Tour the rich palace interiors, once home to Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary and wife Elisabeth (Sisi)
  • Learn about the couples’ lives and secrets amid the opulent halls and chambers
  • Enjoy a welcome glass of pálinka and pogácsa (savory scones) at the farm
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the farm
  • Watch an exciting Hungarian horse show featuring daredevil races and skills

What You Can Expect

Godollo Palace and Traditional Farm Trip with Horse Show and Carriage Ride

Watch a horse show with traditionally dresses riders

Your guided tour will begin at your hotel in Budapest, where you will be picked up and driven 30 minutes northeast through the Hungarian countryside. You will then arrive at Gödöllo Palace, the opulent castle that hosted Hungarian Queen Elisabeth, also known as Sisi, and her husband Franz Joseph I, the Habsburg Emperor. With stunning gardens surrounding the property, the castle was presented as gift to the couple, who visited seasonally.

Take a tour of the exterior landscape before traveling inside to see the Grand Hall and Sisi’s private suite, adorned in her favorite shade of purple. Your guide will narrate the history behind the building, along with the juicer tales of the couple’s secret lovers and hidden doorways. You’ll also learn about the Queen’s ardent equestrian interests.  

Next, travel through idyllic countryside to an authentic Hungarian farm. You'll be offered a glass of Hungary’s famous plum brandy, palinka, upon arrival, as well as pogácsa, delicious savory scones traditional to the region. Then, take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage to view the surrounding trails and fields of the property.

After, you’ll be treated to an impressive equestrian show, filled with fearless tricks and high-speed carriage races. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to your hotel in Budapest.

Customer Reviews

Mari United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was our favorite tour in Hungary. The Palace tour was quick but really covered all we would want to see. The farm was wonderful and the horse show truly amazing. We had plenty of time to look around. Don't miss this great day trip.

NVR2LTESUE

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

QUIDE WAS A PALACE WAS BEAUTIFUL. WE LOVED THE HORSE FARM! PROPERTY IS BEAUTIFUL, SHOW GREAT CARRAIGE RIDE FUN. MORE FUN AND BETTER THEN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. WE LOVED OUR GUIDE

Maureen B Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

the Palace was amazing and our guide was brilliant - full of fun facts about the Hapsburgs.

Horse show was just o.k.

V Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

I had a 5-hour tour along with another American couple with our guide Marta to Godollo. Marta is simply fantastic, a living history book of Hungary. She was the driver/guide. On the way out of the city, she pointed out so many interesting buildings and told so many stories. Then we got stories about the Soviet era in Hungary before the fall of Berlin Wall and her personal experience in this terrible time. Once we were inside the castle, she had an interesting story on almost every ordinary looking object that I would normally quickly walk passing by. I learned so much about Sissi's life and Hungarian history in general from her. Afterwards we had a very entertaining local horse show 10 mins down the road don't miss this one either. I absolutely enjoyed my time with Marta. She is so caring and considerate that she offers additional/essential information other tour guide wouldn't bother to tell. Thanks a lot Marta!

Kathy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We LOVED this visit. Godollo Palace is lovely. The horse show and farm trip not on the palace grounds but nearby is really in a beautiful spot, and the horse show is amazing! Our guide was the absolute best - so personable, warm and friendly. We recommend this!

Helen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Wonderful Palace enjoyed the tour would have liked to get into the shop the one full of gifts.

Amanda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a really enjoyable tour which I would recommend to learn more about the history of Hungary. It was short and concise and the tour guide was really knowledgeable.

Mirka S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tämän voisi tehdä uudellen.

Attila P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The bus was on time for pickup. The Palace tour was great very informative. The horse show at the farm was also gret, my wife wasn't sure about it but them enjoyed it very much.

jmkrmvda

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very nicely done.

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