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Castillo de Chapultepec

Explore this opulent former home of Mexican royalty, perched high above the city, and learn about the history of Mexico. 

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. 

Get the most out of your time at Castillo de Chapultepec. Here is a list of the top things to do:

You should consider checking out a Private Tour of Historic Downtown & Chapultepec Castle or a Private Tour of Historic Downtown, Chapultepec Castle & Anthropology Museum during your visit. These activities are a few of the most sought-after.

Have a look at our Mexico City things to do page to find more activities in the area.


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Camino Real Polanco Mexico ¥13,499
Camino Real Polanco Mexico

Camino Real Polanco Mexico

Mariano Escobedo 700, Col Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de Arte Moderno and Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art. Castillo de Chapultepec and Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chapultepec Station is 16 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 18 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Mexico City ¥17,535
    Hyatt Regency Mexico City

    Hyatt Regency Mexico City

    Campos Eliseos No. 204 Polanco, Chapultepec, Mexico City, CDMX
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Chapultepec Park and Avenida Presidente Masaryk. Auditorio Nacional and Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec are also within 15 minutes. Polanco Station is 11 minutes by foot and Auditorio Station is 17 minutes.

      InterContinental Presidente Mexico City ¥17,468
      InterContinental Presidente Mexico City

      InterContinental Presidente Mexico City

      Campos Eliseos 218, Mexico City, CDMX
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Polanco, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenida Presidente Masaryk and Chapultepec Park. Auditorio Nacional and Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec are also within 1 mi (2 km). Polanco Station is 10 minutes by foot and Auditorio Station is 21 minutes.

        Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec ¥15,990
        Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec

        Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec

        Mariano Escobedo Av. #756 Col. Anzures, Mexico City, CDMX
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chapultepec Park and Paseo de la Reforma. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Avenida Presidente Masaryk are also within 15 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 12 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 14 minutes.

          Galeria Plaza Reforma ¥8,271
          Galeria Plaza Reforma

          Galeria Plaza Reforma

          Hamburgo 195 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and The Angel of Independence Monument. U.S. Embassy and Diana the Huntress Fountain are also within 10 minutes. Sevilla Station is 6 minutes by foot and Insurgentes Station is 10 minutes.

            Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel ¥8,189
            Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel

            Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel

            Paseo de la Reforma 325, Col. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Reforma, this hotel is steps from The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. Embassy. British Embassy and Diana the Huntress Fountain are also within 10 minutes. Sevilla Station is 13 minutes by foot and Insurgentes Station is 14 minutes.

              Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City ¥43,009
              Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

              Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

              Paseo de la Reforma 500, Mexico City, CDMX
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Diana the Huntress Fountain. Chapultepec Park and The Angel of Independence Monument are also within 15 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 7 minutes.

                Be Mate Condesa ¥7,303
                Be Mate Condesa

                Be Mate Condesa

                Cto. Interior Mtro. Jose Vasconcelos 6, San Miguel Chapultepec II Secc, Mexico City
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in La Condesa, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Chapultepec Park and Paseo de la Reforma. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and The Angel of Independence Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km). Chapultepec Station is 7 minutes by foot and Juanacatlan Station is 9 minutes.