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Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

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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. Arrange to visit Chapultepec Castle and other attractions in Mexico City using our Mexico City itinerary planner.
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  • The castle is located on a hill and was kind of a climb, not bad but if you have bad hips or knees take the elevator to the top. The view of the city from the top is amazing. I loved walking though an...  more »
  • It is a great way to spend a few hours. First, you walk in a nice park, then you need to go a bit up hill - a nice hike with rewarding views from the top. When you go inside the palace, it has a few h...  more »
  • I loved this place. It s not just the building, it is what is in it. There are rooms in their original glory and furniture which transport you back to that era in the most wonderful way and let you im...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The park surrounding the castle is nice and quite large. The castle itself is pretty and has great views of Mexico City from multiple angles. We went 30 minutes before close and didn't have to pay, albeit it wasn't much time for us to see everything.
  • Interesting to visit and it is worth the hike. I personally found more interesting the history museum on the way to the castle (museo del caracol). Great views from the castle courtyard.