The Chapultepec Castle (Spanish: El Castillo de Chapultepec) is located in the Chapultepec Park at the top of el Cerro de Chapulin (English: Hill of the Grasshoppers). The Castle, which was originally constructed in 1785, served originally as a large manor house, to become in 1833 a Military Academy, then a residence of the emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg (1864), then home of Mexico’s presidents, to finally, to become in 1940 the National History Museum.
Today, the museum includes pre-Colombian artifacts and displays about ancient cultures of Mexico and important stages of Mexican history. Another section, possibly more appealing to children, features old costumes and weaponry, decorated carriages, jewelry and rooms where Maximilian of Habsburg and Carlota of Belgium lived and invited guests to the state banquets and ceremonies as well as fantastic views over the city.
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Great views of city and real castle, but a bit of a hike
Reviewed 04 September 2017
The castle experience pales somewhat to the better castles of Europe, but it is the one castle in North America where an actual king reined, if only briefly. This could be a fun fact for kids, or maybe they'll merely enjoy seeing the castle and some of the old suits of armor and fancy carriages while you take in a bit more of the history on display. You'll learn a bit about the US Army storming the castle during the Mexican-American War as well as about the Mexican Revolution. The upper floor of the castle offers excellent views of the city, Chapultapec Park, and the surrounding mountains (at least on a clearer day). Part of what makes the tour less of a great experience than some of its European counterparts is the fact that there are no restaurants or cafes at the top - or even simple drink vendors.This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.
It is a bit of a hike up the hill to the castle, and they confiscate water bottles (if they notice them) before you can enter. Be sure your kids are up for the steep walk up and back, especially on a hot day. There is an elevator at the base, but it is only for handicapped and those with medical needs (and not all members of their party).
- It is a bit of a hike up the hill to the castle, and they confiscate water bottles (if they notice them) before you can enter. Be sure your kids are up for the steep walk up and back, especially on a hot day. There is an elevator at the base, but it is only for handicapped and those with medical needs (and not all members of their party).
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