Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar)

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar)

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar)
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Built in 1896 for the Millennial celebrations, this large complex houses 21 exact replicas of the most magnificent and historic buildings of Hungary.
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Neighborhood: Zugló
How to get there
  • Széchenyi fürdő • 5 min walk
  • Hősök tere • 6 min walk
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  • Francesco D.
    Udine, Italy336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Legended castle
    Despite its apparent antiquity, the castle was built between the 19th and 20th centuries, on the occasion of the thousandth anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian state. In reality, it is the result of a complex of buildings each designed with a different architectural style, which varies from Romanesque to Gothic, from Renaissance to Baroque. It is indeed the copy of an older castle previously built in Transylvania, rich and famous in legends, including the Dracula's one. In this regard, a bust of the Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi, who immortalized the famous vampire in Hollywood's golden age, has been placed in a niche of the castle. Today it houses the agricultural museum. Noteworthy is the medieval-style tower that stands at the entrance to the castle. Around it, there is a small lake, which can also be crossed by boat or on foot by crossing the bridges. In winter, if it is frozen, there is the possibility of skating on it. To visit absolutely.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • rfg051017
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle walk about!
    It was a lovely sunny November day so we just walked around the park and moat area. We did not go into anything but we really enjoyed the walk and sat by the moat for ages on the chairs watching the world go by, for us lovely quiet relaxing time peace and quiet!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Apple C
    259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A romantic place with an unpronounceable name.
    It's beautiful, but not a real castle. Don't be surprised, he really isn't real. It was built as a museum - a mixture of the historical development of Hungarian architecture. But that makes it even more interesting and beautiful! According to all the rules of the Middle Ages, the castle is surrounded by a moat with water, the role of which is played by an artificial lake. The castle is very photogenic – towers, lancet windows, bas-reliefs, sculptures....A romantic place with an unpronounceable name.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Alina S
    Bucharest, Romania54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best of Budapest.
    I had an amazing walk through the park and enjoyed a sunny not freezing day. The surroundings of the castle are brought from the description of good novels, old or new. The castle itself is a marvel and an architectonic historian. Loved it, you feel like in fairy-tells. It was not crowded and we parked the car on a street with embassies and beautiful houses.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Semaan D. Makary
    Ehden, Lebanon1,182 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful complex
    Showcasing 4 distinctive architectural styles, Vajdahunyad Castle is a thoroughly unique tribute to Hungary’s millennium-long architectural tradition. Designed by architect Ignác Alpár in 1896 as part of Hungary’s millennial celebrations, Vajdahunyad Castle was originally intended to be a temporary exhibition, and was constructed out of wood and cardboard.  However, the attraction proved such a hit with locals and visitors alike that a more permanent structure was built in 1904. The castle itself is divided into four sections, showcasing Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Romanesque architecture.  Within each section, the castle is further divided, in total comprising twenty-one smaller buildings linked together, each having been designed as a replica of other significant structures to be found throughout Hungary and Romania.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
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MikeT19278
San Jose, CA169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My wife and I visited City Park on a rainy day, and the rain really started when we got to this Castle. The interesting part of seeing all these different castle types is that they wouldn't be present at the same time through history, but still, it's fun to see all these different architectural types in one place. I wish the weather had been nicer when we visited, as there seemed to be lots of interesting sculptures and gardens nearby.
Written April 13, 2020
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Amy D
London, UK288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This part of the city is very close to major museums and the Szechenyi baths so it is easy to get to. This castle was built temporarily but the people of the city loved it so much that it was built out of more permanent materials. The scenery there is beautiful and you could have easily spend a whole day, there is a church, you can explore the castle, gift shop, take a boat tour of the lake and relax in sun loungers around the castle
Written February 1, 2020
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traveller
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The castle was built in the 19th century, and was fabulous enough that you simply cannot stop taking photos. I was not interested in the agriculture, so I did not went into the museum. There is also a ice rink near the castle that you can do ice skating on the weekends, if you go there in winter. It opens at 10am, and you can get the gear rent there. For an Asian who seldom see snow or ice, it is worth doing the ice skating there.
Written February 1, 2020
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Tom J
London, UK1,700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Vajdahunyad Castle is located in the park between the Heroes Square and Szecheyni Spa. It is easily accessible by foot or by metro and is a stunning mixture of architectural designs. Originally built out of wood and cardboard in the 19th century but then proved so popular that it was built as a permanent installation out of stone and brick between 1904-1908. Walking across the moat and under the wooden gate has a really special feel to it with plenty of interesting sites in the grounds itself.

Definitely worth a stop if in the area and is a must see in Budapest!
Written January 11, 2020
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Murphy2k14
Paulstown, Ireland293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Its like something you would see in a childrens book. It a stunning castle located near the baths and Heroes Square. Well worth visiting these all at the same time as they are so close. It was very cold when we got here and the lake was frozen over with people walking across it.
Written January 22, 2020
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seetheworld600
va424 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
If you plan to visit Heroes’ Square or Széchenyi Baths, the castle is in between the two. That meant that this was a quick visit for me when I left the baths and was walking back to the metro station. The castle is situated in a big park and you will encounter various tour groups while you’re in the area. I knew ahead of time that you could only visit the outside of the castle unless you wanted to buy a ticket to the museum. I just didn’t expect that IMO there wasn’t much to see on the grounds in June.
Written August 12, 2023
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Ed M.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Very nice castle and agriculture museum. It's not le louvre of course but great to discover the Hungarian culture, history and to see the importance of the environment, hope they bring the school into the museum for the children awareness.
On a side note Maybe a little bit hot inside and the castle inside could be a little bit enhanced with some good cleaning and mise en scene.
Written January 11, 2020
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jyotsna
New Delhi, India631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
This Castle was built in 1896 for millennial celebration,houses 21 exact replicas of mostly magnificent and historic buildings of Hungary, initially thought to be temporary timber stuctures, later converted to permanent stone stuctures in 1904. There are many small museums inside,but the decorated exterior is the main attraction. This Castle is located on Szechnyi island in the city of Budapest and part surrounded by an artificial lake with paddle board.
The main entrance leads to marble arched courtyard, there was a statue of the anonymous, his face hidden by a hood. This place being a good photo op.
This is nice place,a restaurant, Goulash though expensive is also there.
Written January 2, 2020
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MichelleM
San Antonio, TX10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The structure is a beautiful sight to see. We did not know anything about the castle prior to arrival, but I thought online comments about it raved about its history, scary factor, etc. We bought the whole package to see/do everything including a guided tour, but honestly it was disappointing when our tour guide did not greet us, just motioned for us to follow her up many flights of stairs with zero conversation. It wasn't until about 5 minutes after we reached the top of the tower she began to tell us a little about one side, then another, and so on. She talked maybe 5 minutes. We learned no one had ever lived there, it has always been a museum (of hunting, fishing and early man living conditions). It just was not what I had expected. The church was closed and many parts of the museum were empty.
Written January 26, 2023
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Tigerlilly7777
Hampshire, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Simply the most beautiful,magically stunning castle. There's not a lot there but beautiful to walk around the castle and the area. Surrounded by some other smaller buildings & trees is a lovely peaceful area. We stayed mid November & have to say looks stunning surrounded by all the autumn winter trees. The castle is really gorgeous if you lovely historic architecture. There is a museum inside although we did not do this. we wondered around the grounds and out the back in a little stream and some Christmas huts put up ready for Christmas so had a nice mulled wine to warm us up. We also treated ourselves before hand to a little lunch over at the Varosliget cafe restaurant which over looks the castle and where the ice rink sits between during December. Stunning view of the castle & lovely food.
Written December 30, 2022
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