Presidential Palace, Bratislava

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    Presidential Palace

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 13, 2012

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    Just north of the Old Town sits the white Presidential Palace, also known as Grasalkovicov palac. It was built in 1760, and was first used as the Slovak Presidential Palace from 1939 until World War II ended in 1945. During the Communist occupation, was used by the children as it became the "House of Pioneers and the Youth." Apparently the children were very hard on the old building and it took a big effort to rebuild. After a few years of reconstruction, it became the Presidential Palace in 1996.

    Behind the palace are nice French gardens which are open to the public.

    Nice 360 degree view of the gardens...

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    Presidential Palace

    by antistar Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    It's no surprise that they chose Grassalkovich Palace as the seat of the Slovakian presidency. It's a stunning building, just outside the old town, and one of the most photogenic areas in the city. Its location isn't perfect, surrounded by busy multi-lane roads, but the streets and gardens to the rear are pleasant and quiet.

    The palace was originally built for a Hungarian noble as a summer retreat. It first became the seat of Slovakian presidency for the First Slovak Republic, during World War 2. This was basically just a client state of Nazi Germany, and the republic fell apart under communism. The palace then slowly lost its political influence, devolving into a kind of children's fun house, whose tear away antics caused significant damage.

    It regained its prominence after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, when Czechoslovakia peacefully split in two, and became the presidential seat of Slovakia's first real republic.

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    Slovakia's White House

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    Grassalkovich Palace or the Presidential Palace and is the seat of the President of Slovakia. The beautiful building designed in a Rococo/late Baroque style and located next to the Archbishop's summer palace.

    At the front of the palace, there is a public park and a fountain featuring a globe. People come here to relax or take pictures. Behind the palace are beautiful French gardens

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    January-March, October-December : Mo-Su 10.00 - 19.00
    April-May : Mo-Su 10.00 - 20.00 June-September : Mo-Su 8.00- 22.00

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    Presidential Palace

    by MLW20 Written Sep 18, 2006

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    Presidential Palace

    The Presidential Palace was right across the street from our hostel. It is right near Paneska St. It is a nice building to check out but I don't think that you are allowed to go inside.

    There was a train station and tram stop right outside the square where the palace is.

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    Presidential Mansion

    by Lhenne1 Written Sep 14, 2006

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    On the outskirts of the old town area sits a former royal palace, now home to the President of Slovakia. Outside the building stand armed guards, similar to those found at the Vatican or Buckingham Palace.

    You can't get too close to the doors, there is a tall gated fence that stands about 100 feet away from the front of the building. As you walk past the palace, however, you'll see the fantastic gardens in the back. We were on our way to catch a train and therefore couldn't hang around to see if the gardens were open to the public, but just a peek told us they were huge and gorgeous.

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    President's Palace

    by alancollins Written Jul 4, 2006

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    The President's Palace is unusual in as much as you can get close to the building. The front has its more formal side with traditional uniformed guards and the rear is set in a small park which has public access. The palace was built in 1760 and had make over 10 years ago.

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    Presidential Palace

    by elPierro Written Aug 8, 2005

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    The presidential Palace

    The presidential palace is to the north in the citycenter. Construction is taking place at the square in front of the palace, because the president probably likes to see modern buildings as his neighbours.

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    THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

    by STEFZAMM Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    Grassalkovichoc Palac or Grassalkovich Palace is the official residence of the Slovak President since 1996.
    It's Baroque style goes back to the 1760, when Count Anton Grassalkovich ordered the construction of the palace.
    The Slovak Flag on top of this Palace shows whether the president is in the palace or not.

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    Relax with the President!

    by carlitoab Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Presidential palace's garden

    Don't be fooled by the heading! Ivan Gasparovic's Presidential Palace has a beautiful garden open to the public. In summer it's a nice and relaxing place that, although is right at the heart of the city, feels cut off from the hussle and bussle of city life.

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    President's Palace

    by acemj Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    The President's Palace (or Grassalkovich Palace) was built in 1760 for Count Anton Grassalkovich. The building itself is a beautiful Rococo and late Baroque blend and originally featured French style gardens, which are now part of a public park.

    The imperial Austrian court used to use the palace for balls and galas and it was also a music center with the famous composer Joseph Haydn premiering some of his masterpieces here.

    Today, the palace is the residence for the Slovak president.

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    Prezidentsky Palác park

    by PetraG Written Jun 15, 2004

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    Behind the presidetn's palace you'll find a beautifule huge park. Have a walk inside, it really will be worth it! You can relax at the fountain, admire nature's beauty or walk along the little trees at both sides of the park. Beyond them you'll find signs that tell you the names of the foreign president who have visited Bratislava. For each of them was planted a little tree to remember.... This walk was very interesting for me, because there were a lot of names I didn't know. So here you can learn some political facts (or did you know who is the president of Cypress, e.g.?)

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    Prezidentsky Palác - palace of the president

    by PetraG Written Jun 15, 2004

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    Grassalkovichov Palac (Grassalkovich Palace) is, since 1996, the residence of the president of the Slovak Republic. The building was constructed in 1760, when Count Anton Grassalkovich ordered the construction of the Baroque palace. The Palace is also famous because Joseph Haydn was the director of the home orchestra in 1772.

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    Presidental Palace

    by prleprle Updated Mar 12, 2004

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    Presidental Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia

    Grassalkovichov Palac (Grassalkovich Palace) is, since 1996, the residence of the president of the Slovak Republic and is situated on one of the main crossroads in Bratislava. The building was constructed in 1760, when Count Anton Grassalkovich ordered the construction of the Baroque (Rococo) palace. The Palace is also famous because Joseph Haydn was the director of the home orchestra in 1772.

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    Pressidential palace

    by skhipi Updated Oct 23, 2003

    This is presidential palace(original name is Grassalkovich cheatau), hovewer, its just temporary presidential residency, they have to find money to reconstruct Bratislava castle and than the president become "the king of the hill".. Anyway, I think, such authority as the president is (or supposed to be) deserves better residency, than this. Especially, this building looks opticaly really small near the new planned or already built buildings around. The houses far away near the Slavin memorial (the left half of pic) are located in the quarter of rich people, there are a lot of interesting historical houses. If you wanna live in the quarter, prepare at least $1 000 000.

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    Presidental Palace

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 10, 2008

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    The palace was built as the summer residence of Count Anton Grasalkovic in the 1760s .It is one of the first buildings we saw when we got off the bus in the center of town.

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