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Grassalkovich Palace
Bratislava and surrounding
Architecture,  Palaces,  Monuments, Sculptures,  Squares, Parks, Gardens
Monuments, Sculptures

The Grassalkovich Palace, the only large building of its kind located in the city of Bratislava, is a unique architectural monument and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. It is also called the Presidential Palace or the White House. By the flag hanging over it, one can understand whether the current head of state is here.

This magnificent white Rococo building with late Baroque elements and a French garden was built in the second half of the 18th century for the powerful Count Anton Grassalkovich, who was the Minister of Economic Development, adviser, and friend of the Empress of Austria-Hungary, Maria Theresa.

The palace stands on the square called "Hodžovo" between the city's main railway station and the Michael's Gate leading to the historic center. It is easily accessible on foot or by bus (the "Hodžovo námestie" stop). The palace is also close to Freedom Square and the Paludaiho Palace.

The building stands in front of a beautiful fountain that looks like a ball and is surrounded by blue water at the edges. It symbolizes world peace. In summer, colorful flower beds are laid out here. Thus, one can take vivid photos of the palace. A guard of honor is always on duty outside the building. The palace is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence with golden elements. The flags of Slovakia and the European Union are hung on high flagpoles. Therefore, it is impossible to pass by this interesting place.

Throughout its more than 260-year history, the building passed through many events. During its heyday, the luxurious palace was a meeting place for high society, the nobility and the Hungarian aristocracy. It often hosted the most lavish balls in Bratislava and musical evenings with the participation of famous composers and live orchestras.

Later, in the Soviet period, it became the working place of the Czechoslovak revolutionary and the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Klement Gottwald. Then the building bore the name of the "Palace of Pioneers".

Unfortunately, tourists are not allowed to enter the palace and see its interior. They can visit only the beautiful garden behind the building and enjoy its cozy benches, alleys, fountains, playground, and interesting sculptures. The entrance to the garden is free for everyone.

Address: Hodžovo námestie 2978/1

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