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Gödöllő

Gödöllő:
Visit of the marvelously restored Baroque Castle, the Hungarian Versailles, favorite hiding place of Queen Elisabeth (Sissi).

Count Antal Grassalkovich, one of the most respectable noblemen in Hungary started the construction of a family-mansion in Gödöllő in 1733. The unique "Hungarian Baroque" style served as a model for other Hungarian mansions of the Baroque period. The double U form and the huge garden of the castle were targets of several expansions and alteration works. After the compromise of 1867 with the Habsburgs the Hungarian state purchased the castle and gave it to Emperor Francis Joseph and Queen Elisabeth (Sissi) as a coronation present. Queen Elisabeth particularly liked to stay here.

Main sights: the main staircase gala hall, the Queen''s reception salon, her writing and dressing rooms, her bedroom, Franz Joseph''s study and smoking salon, the Rococo Chapel, and the Baroque Theatre.
Pleasant coffee-house and gardens.

Szentendre

Szentendre (St. Andrew) Trip to the jewel of the Danube, a Baroque town of artists and artisans, half an hour bus ride from Budapest.

The artistic village is the most frequented and charming place, rich in Baroque buildings, picturesque houses, museums, Serbian orthodox churches, lovely cafés, colonies of artists and galleries, and offers numerous cultural programs throughout the season.

What we do there?

Walk on the main street, we will see the Center of Serbian Orthodox churches, the museum of marzipan (I invite you to coffee and cake). We will also have free time to shop, to relax a bit in one of the many bars, to stroll along the bank of the Danube or to see the museum of the famous ceramist Margret Kovács. To return to Budapest you can choose: by car or boat.

Duration: 4 hours by private car or minibus and with private English-speaking guide.

Katalin's choice: Visit to the open-air Village-Museum.

Danube Bend Tour

DANUBE BEND TOUR – a full day excursion by car or minivan

The Danube Bend Tour is a pleasant trip for lovers of gorgeous landscapes, scenic nature, old historic towns and nice architecture.
First we see ESZTERGOM, the oldest town of Hungary. We have a view from the old castle, visit the largest catholic church of the country, the basilica of Esztergom. Then we continue to the town VISEGRAD, the medieval royal residence, we drive up to the ruins of the Citadel, to enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Danube region.
Next town is the artist’s town SZENTENDRE, famous for its medieval atmosphere, colored houses, narrow little streets, antique shops, museums and private galleries. According to your wishes, we visit the Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Marzipan Museum, have a good lunch or just a good shopping, before returning back home.

Katalin’choice: Visit of the Szentendre open-air Village Museum