Chapultepec Royal Castle in Mexico City

Chapultepec Royal Castle in Mexico City

Chapultepec Castle an amazing Royal Castle that you should visit if you are in Mexico City.

It’s the only Royal Castle on the American Continent and it’s located in Chapultepec Park, which by the way is larger than Central Park in New York City.

The Castle is on top of Chapultepec Hill (grasshopper’s hill) at a height of 2,325 meters (7,628 ft.) and you can see how great it is even on the outside.

It was used as the official residence of the Mexican Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota during the Second Mexican Empire.

Balcony view to the skyline of Mexico City.
Balcony view of the skyline Mexico City.

My first visit to Chapultepec Castle I was just a girl, but now I can imagine the stories inside and outside during the golden years of the place. And I remember that it was a magic place for me when I was a kid.

I will share a little history of the Castle.

The beautiful Chapultepec Castle and the Mexican flag at the top.
The beautiful garden outside the castle.

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History of Chapultepec Castle in Mexico

In 1785 Viceroy Bernardo de Galvez ordered the construction but he died the next year and the Spanish Crown ordered that the building be auctioned at 60,000 pesos. A small amount compared with the 300,000 pesos they spent in the construction at this point.

Finally, the building was bought in 1806 by the municipal government of Mexico City

However, during the Independence War (1810-1821) the Chapultepec Castle was abandoned for several years, until 1833 when the building became the Military Academy.

On September 13, 1847, the castle was taken by the United States during the Mexican-American War. Two years later the castle was the Military Academy again.

During the Second Mexican Empire, Emperor Maximilian took it as the residence in 1864 and hired important European architects to design several projects in the castle.

Gardens outside the wonderful castle in Mexico City.
I want to stay here for hours, it looks so peaceful.
Beautiful fountain outside the wonderful museum, a place to visit in Mexico City.
Fountain in the garden.

Maximilian also ordered the construction of a straight boulevard, like in Europe in order to connect the city and the castle. The name of the boulevard nowadays is Paseo de la Reforma.

Later for a few years, it was Astronomical, Meteorological, and Magnetic Observatory.

The Mexican President Porfirio Díaz made the palace the official residence and a few presidents did the same for its time.

Finally, on February 3, 1939, President Lázaro Cárdenas decreed a law creating the National Museum of History at the Chapultepec Castle.

A blue Royal Bedroom inside the magnificent museum
A magnificent Royal bedroom.
The fabulous stained glass inside the Chapultepec Castle, a piece of art at this museum.
Stained glass inside Chapultepec Castle.

Chapultepec Castle Museum

The Castle is decorated with beautiful murals, some of them painted by José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Gabriel Flores García, Eduardo Sorales, and Juan O’Gorman.

All at the castle is incredible, the furniture, the murals, the stained glass, the imperial coach, the gardens and all around it makes me travel on time.

If you can avoid the weekends or the holidays will be perfect and in the morning is the perfect time to visit, at that moment you can enjoy and take all the time you want and of course all the photos.

A Royal living room with a fantastic decoration inside the Museum
I love the decoration at the Castle.

Tips when you visit The Castle 

  • Wear comfortable shoes. The place is huge and there are a lot of other things to do near and you will walk a lot!
  • The castle opens at 9 am and it is the perfect time to visit it.
  • Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 am-5 pm.
  • You have to leave strollers or backpacks at the entrance.
  • Do you remember the Romeo + Juliet movie with Leonardo DiCaprio? The Capulet mansion was set at Chapultepec Castle.
The Royal Dining room inside museum
The Royal dining room

Don’t miss in Chapultepec Area

The Chapultepec area is full of amazing things to do, maybe you’re going to need more than one day. But you can check the options and decide which are the best for you.

You can combine the visit to the Museum of Anthropology and the Castle.

The spectacular Imperial coach and the history at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.
The beautiful Imperial Coach.
The famous mural of Gabriel Flores Garcia inside the museum.
The famous mural of Gabriel Flores García.

It is a place you are going to remember, I won’t tell you all the secrets there. You’ll discover!

Enjoy the wonderful Castle!

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