Grassalkovich Palace or the Presidential Palace is the home of the President of Slovakia. The building is a Rococo/late Baroque summer palace and was built in 1760 for the Count Anton Grassalkovich who was a close advisor of Empress Maria Theresa. The palace was often used by the aristocracy for social events and concerts.
I came across this quite unexpectedly: I just happened to be passing at the right time of day. At 10am, actually, though I'm sure the guard outside Grassalkovich Palace changes regularly throughout the day...perhaps every 2 hours (that's long enough to stand still, I think?).
The guards aren't there when darkness has fallen (the palace was right next to my hotel so I passed it regularly) and there was a serious chap-in-a-suit-with-an-earpiece walking around the entrance courtyard all the time in the daytime. I think he was the real security, rather than the guards!
But I loved the slightly-Ruritanian uniforms they wore, and was impressed by the accuracy of their change. Two guards plus an officer marched beautifully in step around the courtyard, faced the pair on duty, produced some nifty co-ordinated footwork, changed places and then the 'retiring' guards marched solemnly offstage and into the hidden spaces of the palace proper.
I particularly enjoyed the sword worn by the officer...and the way guards and officer were all wearing 'uniform' sunglasses!
Worth timing your visit to the palace grounds just to see this happen, I think. :-)
The grounds of Grassalkovich Palace are open to the public (hours vary) for free, even though Slovakia's President still lives in the palace itself.
I very much enjoyed wandering the tree-filled green space, and it was clearly a popular spot with locals too: plenty of dog-walkers and courting couples, mothers and grandmothers with children (there is a good play area) and elderly folk simply sitting in the sunshine and watching the world go by. Although there were no flowers when I visited in late October, I'm sure the flowerbeds are lovely at the right time of year.
There sre some interesting bits of sculpture in the grounds too: three naked girls having great fun in a fountain, a rather odd sort-of-early-railway-engine (I think), a row of young trees which seem to have been planted by famous visitors to the palace (each with its own plaque) ...and another plaque to mark the fact that the first electric lights in Bratislava illuminated the palace grounds in 1878.
The palace building dates from 1760, built for Hungarian Count Anton Grassalcovitch. In the intervening years it has fulfilled several roles including being the base for Territorial Military Command from 1919 and serving as what seems to be a sort of residential activity centre for the young 'Pioneers' from 1950.
It's a lovely spot for a relaxing wander, or a sit-down in the sunshine. Well worth seeking out.
The Grassalkovich palace was built as the summer residence of Count Anton Grasalkovic in the 1760s near the city walls of Bratislava. A decade later much modifications and extensions were made to it. The palace was frequently visited by the Empress Maria Theresa. Today it is the seat of the President of Slovakia. It had a huge garden behind it, which has now been converted into a public park. The garden is really beautiful, but entrance to it closes at around 4.30 PM and I was late by 1 minute and could not go in. That's a pity. I wish I could. It is so beautiful.
The Grassalkovich Palace is the seat of the President of the Slovak Repunlic and the perfect place to start a city walking tour. You get there with bus 93, the 2nd station after the railway station Bratislava Hlavna stanica.
Bratislava’s equivalent to Buckingham palace, also has two non-smiling guards placed in front of it and a flag when its inhabitant is in the house. But as Slovakia is not a kingdom, it’s the slovak president who calls Grassalkovich Palace his Official seat. A second difference I noted was the absence of the guards. They were there sometimes - and sometimes not. I haven't noticed any rules about how and when to find them...
The palace dates back to 1760 and was built for Count Grassalkovich, who wanted to have a bigger residence outside of the then-existing city walls. In the WWII years, it already served as a presidential palace, but then the communist regime turned it into a house for youth organisations. After a refurbishment in the early 1990s, it became the presidential palace again. Its gardens are open to the public and are one of the most popular parks in Bratislava. On the small square in front of the palace, you’ll see a globe-shaped fountain as well as several flowerbeds.
The park behing the palace is a popular recreation area. Even in winter, you see many people there. When coming from the western entrance, check out the plaque mentioning the first electric power line in Bratislava.
Guarding the Presidential Palace are the Special Presidential Corps, dressed in traditional uniform. The changing of the Guard has all the pomp and circumstance that is expected of a time honoured tradition.
The Grassalkovich Palace was built in 1760 and is nowadays the representative seat of the president of Slovakia. The entrance to the building is guarded by two blue-suited men. When the flag is hoisted, then the president is at least in town.
The Grassalkovich Palace is located at Hodzovo namestie 1, just between the Old Town and the train station.
We walked away from the station in the general direction waved by the Australian girl who was leaving for Warsaw that night - she said *oh it's about a 20 minute walk over there*. So we went *over there* and found an illuminated building which I later learned was the Grassalkovich Palace
Grassalkovich palace is mentioned in the literature like suburb of the city in 18th century. Now it is the seat of president and it is mostly representative building. There is a wonderful garden connected to the palace where you can take a rest in summertime.
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