The Gödöllö Royal Palace is the largest Baroque castle in Hungary based on its floor size. Its builder was Antal Grassalkovich (1694-1771) who commissioned Andras Mayerhoffer with the construction works starting in the 1730s. Still in the 18th century the complex went through several extensions and reconstruction works, and gained its current shape at the end of the 19th century only. The two storied double U-shape historic complex embracing an intimate inner court housed aristocratic in the middle of the huge park and hunting area met all criteria of the pageantry focused Baroque aristocratic life, and later that of the Royal Court.
The Royal Period between 1867 and 1918 is regarded as the second high the Reconciliation Act the Treasury purchased the Palace and the Domain in order to provide them to Francis Joseph and Queen Elisabeth as a royal resort.
When the Queen died in 1989 the jolly court life came to a sudden end. The ageing Francis Joseph seldom visited the Palace. His heir, Charles 4th, who crowned in 1916, and his family came to Gödöllö only once, in the unlucky late October days of 1918, just when the Monarchy collaped.
From 1920 to autumn 1944 the Palace served as Miklos Horthy, the Governor’s residence. Just like in the Royal days it was then a venue or great hunts and events. During these years no reconstruction was done, however the air-raid shelter built, in the south front garden preserver the memories the Governor’s Period.
Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace now is open to the public, to mark the 350th anniversary of the great Field Marshall.
The famous French military strategist first came to Austria to start his military career in the army of Emperor Leopold I of Austria. Prince Eugene became famous as the defender of Vienna and the Occident from the Ottoman Islamic armies.
With the money Prince Eugene earned with his military successes he became a famous patron of the Austrian Baroque. His so called Winter Palace was designed and constructed from 1695 to 1700 by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt from 1702 to 1724. This palace is considered one of the most magnificent Baroque buildings in Vienna.