In recent years, the ceremony of changing the guard (Sandor Palota), which the Hungarians began to hold at the entrance to the presidential residence, became a kind of tourist attraction. The ceremonies can be seen every hour on the western entrance to the palace.
The palace was built in the 13th century and has since undergone periods of many renovations and innovations, the destruction of foreign armies and wars and many political changes.
Today the palace hosts two of Hungary's most important museums - the National Gallery (Galeria Nemzeti), which presents some of the country's most beautiful collections of art and displays Hungarian art at its best, from the Middle Ages to the present.
More in the Palace is the Museum of the History of Budapest, where you can learn about the city's twisting and changing history.
The Hungarian National Library is also located in the palace.