Presidential palace and garden
Presidential palace, also known as a Grassalkovich palace, was built in 1760 as a summer residence of Count Anton GrassalkoviÄŤ. Soon the palace became the centre of society life and was visited by the Empress Maria Theresa. After the reconstruction in 1996, the palace became the official residence of Slovak President. It is not opened to the public, only during the special events. In front of the building there is a fountain in a shape of the Earth as a symbol of freedom. Nowadays the palace is guarded by the Honor guard of president, similiar to the well-known Queenâ€™s Guard in London.
Behind the palace lays a huge garden built in a french style. A copy of an Empress Maria Theresa statue stays here and a fountain called "Youth" has been built here. The garden in opened to the public during the opening hours and is a great place for summer activities, walks and relax. Many events take place here.
An interesting point about this garden is, that many famous politicians planted trees here as a sign of friendship and cooperation with Slovakia.
|Jan â€“ Mar||10:00 â€“ 19:00|
|Apr - May||10:00 â€“ 20:00|
|Jun â€“ Sep||8:00 â€“ 22:00|
|Oct â€“ Dec||10:00 â€“ 19:00|
The Presidential palace and garden is located near the city center, well accessible by foot. Leave the city center by going thorough Michaelâ€™s gate and continue straight forward. Palace is located not more than 500m from here. If you are on the ObchodnĂˇ street, you just need to turn "up" to the PoĹˇtovĂˇ street, use the underpass and you will find yourself directly on the HodĹľovo nĂˇmestie square.
If using a tram, the closest stop is called PoĹˇtovĂˇ.
As the palace is located in the city center, there is always a problem with parking. During the working day there is almost impossible to find a place to park, but usually after 17:00 or during the weekends there are some free parking spots in the nearby streets (PalisĂˇdy or TolstĂ©ho).
The paied parking place is located right under the Tatrabanka bank called Tatracentrum. One hour costs 2,50€ and is located on the "HodĹľovo nĂˇmestie 4" street.
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