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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

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.

Sylvia R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderful. Guide was very friendly and informative. I had a great time!!!!

Jeffrey T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Godollo Palace was extraordinary! The palace is in excellent condition. Beautiful!
But the great pleasant surprise was the added visit to the horse farm. The horse show was outstanding! Fantastic exhibition of horsemanship!

William R M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

First class

Eva S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent entertainment - great guide and driver - highly recommended

Susan B

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

This was a great trip and our guide was very informative. I'm so glad I went. I loved learning about Queen Elizabeth's time spent at Godollo Palace. The Horse Farm was beautiful, they greeted us with Palinka and scones, gave us a carriage ride around the farm and then a horse show demonstrating skills Hungarians are known for. It was a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. I just wish it had been a bit longer. We arrived back in Budapest around 2:00pm and had to figure out what to do from there. Also, the tour company leaves you off in central Budapest vs. taking you back to your hotel where they picked you up, so you have to figure out how to get back on your own.

shark

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

This tour was very enjoyable and it gave us the opportunity to see some of the countryside outside of Budapest. Both Godollo Palace and the horse show was worth it. The tour guide did an excellent job.

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