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Venturing beyond Budapest

While the Hungarian capital is replete with activities, attractions and sights for everyone, there is also plenty to see beyond Budapest’s city limits for those who have time allowing it. Many new and exciting experiences are within easy reach and promise to make your trip to Budapest truly unforgettable.

Whether by car or by public transport, it takes only an hour to reach Gödöllő – an absolute must-see. The charming town is primarily known for the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, also known as the Grassalkovich Palace. One of Hungary’s largest baroque palaces, it offers numerous attractions and activities to visitors, as well as an opportunity to spend a few hours immersed in the day-to-day life of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy as they follow in the footsteps of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary. Construction on the breathtaking building was begun in the 1730s and the structure reached its final form by the end of the 19th century. Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sissi received this royal vacation residence as a coronation gift, and it soon became the favorite summer palace of the beloved queen of the Hungarians. This especially family-friendly destination is best seen with a Budapest Card, as cardholders receive a 50% discount on the entrance fees for the Baroque Theater, the Horthy-era Bunker, the 3D Cinema and the Royal and Aristocratic Equestrian Culture exhibition.

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After having soaked up the beauty and elegance of aristocratic life, continue on your way to discover the secrets of the Hungarian puszta. One of the focal points of Hungarian equestrian culture, the Lázár Equestrian Park: including the puszta-ötös (a team of five horses with a driver standing on horseback), a visit to the racing stables, the museum of the 22-time world champion Lázár brothers, heritage Hungarian livestock breeds, and a horse carriage ride. From the moment they arrive, guests can experience the famous Hungarian hospitality as they are received with a glass of pálinka and some freshly-baked pogácsa. Here again, cardholders have special privileges, as they are granted a 50% discount on programs that require advance booking.

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Domonyvölgy offers a range of activities that are fun for the whole family, as well as delicious traditional cuisine in its restaurant.

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