Hungary - Royal Palace of Gödöllő - Nicely restored but not really spectacular visit.
Close to Budapest (less than an hour by car) Overall a nicely restored castle highlighting, of course, the history of the wife of Franz Joseph I, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, Elisabeth of Austria better known as “Sissy” It’s a pity that there are so few authentic objects exposed in the castle. As I said, the buildings are nicely restored (though not exceptionally good) but the waves of lootings since the end of the Second World War left it in decay and emptied of its content. After 1945 the palace, like many other buildings in Hungary, fell into decay. The damage and neglect were repaired but the palace lacks authentic content. Between the two World Wars, the palace served as the residence for Regent Miklós Horthy. No significant building took place during this period, apart from an air-raid shelter in the southern front garden. Soviet and Hungarian troops used the building. Some of the beautifully decorated rooms were used for an old people's home, and the park was divided into smaller plots of land.