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Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec) is a beautiful building perched on a hill above Mexico City. The castle was designed in the 18th century as a country home for the local Spanish viceroy. It has since served many functions, including as a military academy and a presidential palace, among others. Today, its preserved interior is open to visitors and it houses the National Museum of History. Learn the story of the castle as well as the history of “New Spain” and Mexico’s struggle for independence.
The lower levels of the castle house the National Museum of History. Find weapons, jewelry, costumes and letters tracking Mexico’s history from Spanish colonization in the 16th century, to the Mexican Revolution in 1910. See the sword used by José Maria Morelos, a Mexican hero, in battle against the Spanish in 1812. There are coins from the era of Spanish rule and an early edition of the Mexican constitution. The museum also includes a collection of sculptures, paintings and murals depicting Mexican life and important moments in the country’s history.
The upper floors have been preserved as the home of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his wife Carlota. Explore the opulent rooms, complete with gold chandeliers and lavish dining areas. Snap a photo from the deck, which looks out over Mexico City. Outside, take a walk amongst the flower gardens and admire the sandstone archways and pillars of the European architecture.
Chapultepec Castle is located at the top of Chapultepec Hill in central Mexico City. The walk up the hill can be tough, but there is a light rail option that costs a few pesos and runs every 15 minutes from downtown. The castle is open Tuesday to Sunday. Head down to Chapultepec Park to picnic in the expansive grounds afterwards.
Want to make your time spent at Castillo de Chapultepec even more special? Don't forget to try out one or two of these activities:
Your next great adventure is right here! You may want to try out a Private Tour of Historic Downtown & Chapultepec Castle or a Private Tour of Historic Downtown, Chapultepec Castle & Anthropology Museum.
If you're after even more activities, examine our Mexico City things to do page.
This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de Arte Moderno, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, and Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec. Castillo de Chapultepec and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez are also within 9 mi (15 km). Chapultepec Station is 16 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 18 minutes.
Located in Polanco, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenida Presidente Masaryk and Chapultepec Park. Auditorio Nacional and French Embassy are also within 15 minutes. Polanco Station is 10 minutes by foot and Auditorio Station is 12 minutes.
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This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Chapultepec Park and Avenida Presidente Masaryk. French Embassy and Auditorio Nacional are also within 15 minutes. Auditorio Station is 8 minutes by foot and Polanco Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Diana the Huntress Fountain. Monumento a los Ninos Heroes and Chapultepec Park are also within 10 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chapultepec Park, Paseo de la Reforma, and Museo de Arte Moderno. Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art and Jardin Botanico are also within 10 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 12 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reforma 222, The Angel of Independence Monument, and Torre Latinoamericana. Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Juarez Station is 10 minutes by foot and Revolution Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Angel of Independence Monument, U.S. Embassy, and Museo de Arte Moderno. Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art and Cibeles Fountain are also within 1 mi (2 km). Sevilla Station is 8 minutes by foot and Chapultepec Station is 14 minutes.