Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

Explore the only castle in North America to be inhabited by a reigning monarch at Chapultepec Castle. Perched atop a sacred Aztec hill at 2,325 m (7,628 ft) above sea level, the castle was first constructed in 1775 as the stately residence of a Spanish colonial figure, but it has served many functions under a handful of different rulers during its storied history. Today you can take a historical tour through the building, which also houses an anthropology museum. Afterward, take a few moments to appreciate the views over the capital city from atop the hill. Make your Mexico City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • October 4, 2017
    It is a great place to learn a little more about the history of the country. It also offers spectacular views of the city. Excellent to give an idea of the kind of life of Maximilian and Carlota in Mexico, as well as Porfirio and the Presidents who inhabited it.
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  • October 4, 2017
    It is a very nice place, is not something that is necessary to visit in Mexico, but if you like museums, it is something that you can't miss.
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  • October 4, 2017
    If you are looking for is few people come midweek if what you want is to see and learn more of mexico and the Mexicans go on weekend and you'll see all the families sell all kinds of snack foods sugar cotton is a very common walk weekend by that is free and know the castle is very interesting because there the Niños heroes in the battle took care of the Castle, one to sacrifice and threw herself wrapped in the Mexican flag to the precipice... studies more than the and visit it...
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  • June 28, 2017
    An 19th-century castle with rich history, which has seen battle and had been a residence for important figures and events in Mexican history. It's currently in great shape, has several interesting exhibitions, a lush garden, some rooms are preserved as if their royal residents might enter at any minute, and the spectacular view from the balcony gives you an idea of how the huge city grew over time. Be aware, it's very important to come early! They start asking people out at 16, and you will need at least 3 hours to walk up the hill and adequately enjoy the Castle. It's best to come no later than noon.
  • June 15, 2017
    Well worth the hike and 70 pesos entrance fee. Note that if you're coming from the Chapultepec metro station the signage to the castle isn't great. (Direction signs point to everything except Castillo.) The entrance path begins at the north east side of the hill. The castle is a bit of a maze, and while it's not well marked, the employees are happy to let you know when you're going the wrong way. The rooftop garden is particularly spectacular.
  • July 3, 2017
    This place is by far one of the most impressive centers of national pride, art, and architecture. I have been to some of the castles and royal palaces in France and Spain, and this one ranks right up there with European spatial grandeur. Mexico's past is deeply interwoven with this place, and it's future is very visible on the Paseo de la Reforma. Definitely a visit for locals and tourists alike.
  • June 3, 2017
    This place has a lot of things to see. It has a great view of the city. There's so much history. The castle is amazing.
  • March 19, 2017
    Very nice place to visit. Starts with a long scenic uphill walk. The palace grounds are very pretty with great views and a nice garden. The castle itself is not overwhelming but has a lot of history, art, clothing, furniture etc. All displays are in Spanish only so brush up! Also you cannot bring drinks, even water, inside so drink it on the long walk up!

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