Vajdahunyad Castle is a beautiful site in the city park behind Heroes' Square. This castle is based on the original Vajdahunyad Castle in southwest Romania and was made for Hungary's millenium celebrations. This castle "copy" illustrates a few different architectural styles including Gothic and Romanesque. Because of all these different styles, you can see that this castle is really many buildings put together (if you look closely). A small lake surrounds the castle and in the winter there is ice-skating. Sometimes they have festivals at Vajdahunyad Castle throughout the year (like the Mangalica sausage festival). If you come at any other time, you can visit the Jak chapel and Museum of Agriculture. Vajdahunyad Castle is a very nice place to walk around and explore if you are in the area.
The vajdahunyad Castle is a castle in City Park, Budapest, Hungary, that was built between 1896 and 1908, designed by Ignác Alpár.
It is a copy in part of a castle in Transylvania, Romania, that is also called Vajdahunyad, though it is also a display of different architectural styles: Romanic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
It looks like something from a Dracula movie, and that's because it is largely a copy of the Vajdahunyad Castle in Transylvania. It's not actually a castle at all, but a mock castle built in millennial exhibition in 1896, originally in wood and cardboard. It proved such a hit that it was rebuilt permanently. It's an impressive looking building, and looks completely out of place in the center of a modern city's main park, but that otherworldliness adds to its attraction.
Within the castle complex you can find a faux-medieval church and the Agricultural Museum, which didn't exactly fill me with excitement. Still, better than Munich's potato museum...
Ják Church (I think the Hungarian name actually calls it a chapel) is, in effect, part and parcel of Vajdahunyad Castle, but owing to its separate placement on the castle lands and the interesting architecture of the building, I thought that it was worthy of a separate tip. The Church has the same sort of Gothic design that distinguished Romanian or Moldovan churches from those farther west. In particular, the intricate carvings along the entrance catch my fancy, and help to make the church seem older than it actually is (I assume that it was built at the same time as the castle). The exterior is lovely, but the interior doesn’t have a huge amount to attract tourists (the Spanish tour group that was there when I visited was particularly grumpy about it).
Vajdahunyad vára, or Vajdahunyad Castle, seems a bit strange, located out here in the middle of a city park on a flat plain that appears to offer little to no natural advantage for defenders. That’s because this is essentially a copy of another, real castle in Transylvania (Érdely in Hungarian) that was first erected in cardboard for the Millennium celebrations in 1896 and then actually built from real materials in the twelve years after that because of the paper version’s popularity. It combines a number of different styles (Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance), which makes it seem whimsical on some glances. Today it houses the Agricultural Museum, although I prefer to think of it as an architectural attraction rather than a museum (not least because a museum devoted to agriculture seems unappealing). It has always caught my fancy, in part because it seems like a piece of “backward Transylvania” brought to Budapest. No, I don’t have illusions of Transylvania being like a Bram Stoker novel. Rather, my grandmother is from the region and I’ve always found the connections between the “heartland” and “the lost regions” interesting, not least because the food and culture of the people in Budapest seems so familiar, despite the distance from my family’s roots. Back to the castle: visiting on a sunny summer’s day seems to take something out of the castle’s appeal. Try to come on a cloudy or rainy day, when the brooding sky helps brings out the sinister aspects of the castle’s architecture.
Vajdahunyad Castle is a castle in City Park. It was built between 1896 and 1908, designed by Ignác Alpár. It is a copy in part of a castle in Transylvania, Romania, that is also called Vajdahunyad, though it is also a display of different architectural styles: Romanic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
Originally it was made from cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896 but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick.
He was one of Hungary’s most important writers, but his name is still a secret. The Anonymous Magister’s main work is the Gesta Hungarorum, an early manusacript of Hungarian History, dating back to the 12th century. Although the most accepted theory is that he was the chancellor of King Bela III of Hungary, this is not proven and his name remains still unknown. A bronze sculpture, which gices the observer a good impression of the mystery revolving this author, is located in the court of Vajdahunyad Castle.
This small castle was built in 1896 for the millenium celebrations of the hungarian state. It shows a crazy mix of different styles from the past centuries. Today, the castle is used by the Hungarian Agricultural Museum which shows items from agricultural life in Hungary. I didn’t enter the museum, so I can’t say much about the exhibition. The castle itself was nice enough. Ist name, Vajdahunyad Castle, comes from a castle at the city of Vajdahunyad. The tower of Budapest’s castle is a copy of that castle’s tower. You can enter the inner court during daytime and have a look into the chapel. Another point of interest.is the bronze sculpture dedicated to the Anonymous Magister.
Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára in Hungarian) is located in City park right behind Heroes Square.
The castle was first built by Ignac Alpar between 1896 and 1908 for an exhibition from wood and cardboard but because of it's popularity the built it again from bricks and stones.
Today you can see the Agricultural Museum inside the castle.
In the court ot the castle there is a statue called "The statue of Anonymus" , anonyumus is a chronicler that wrote the first history book of Hungary (people think he is King bela the 3rd).
Budapest is undoubtly one of the world`s richest city in statues. It`s almost impossible to select the best. But for me maybe this statue is surely the "Non plus ultra":) The sitting statue represents the notary of the great king, Béla the 3rd. (1172-1196). He is the autor of the book called "Gesta Hungarorum" in wich he summarize the history of Hungary. Thank to this insestimably important historical document, we know lot of things about the conquest of Hungary and the first centuries of the Arpadian house. However, as since he didn`t sign his book, we don`t know exactly his name (or we do?-some say that he hided his name as an anagramma in his book). This is one of the 10 sculptures, given to Budapest, as a gift of the "Kaiser", Franz Josef.
The statue was made by Miklós Ligeti (1903). It`s so mysterious that we cannot see his face. I find it a genial idea!
In the court you can see the tower of Segesvár, the different architectonical styles, the Jáki chapel, the Anonymus statue. After leaving the baroque wing, on the opposite side of the complex, you can see other very nice facades, wich the biggest part of the tourists don`t even visit-I don`t really understand why (see pic N.5., or the 2 last photos of the previous tip). After living the building you will see the immense city park and it`s really adviceable taking a turn in this green paradise.
Located in City Park, Vajdahunyad vára or Vajdahunyad Castle was built between 1896 and 1908. The castle is a copy, in part, of a castle in Transylvania, Romania, that is also called Vajdahunyad. Originally made from cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896, it became so popular that it was rebuilt with stone and brick.
Originally built in 1896 for the city's Millennium festival, the first castle was merely made of cardboard. Over the next decade, it was rebuilt with brick and stone and re-completed in 1908. The Agricultural Museum is housed in the castle and nearby are the statue of Anonymous and the ice skating pond.
On the first pic and on the last 1, you see an image of a chapel. he Jáki chapel isn`t a copy itself, but the ornaments of the main gate were "borrowed" from a very antique (XIII.century) church, located in a town called Ják in Western Hungary, maybe the most important representative of the romanic style in Hungary, (see these pages: Ják, church I , and Ják church II).
This cute church is very popular for weddings.
Just before entering the castle, we find the sculpture of the architect of the Vajdahunyad Castle, Ignác Alpár (1855 - 1928).
On the 3.rd picture you see a detail (rosetta) of the gothic wing.
Vajdahunyad castle located in city park is rather strange in appearence. This is because it is built in several different architecural styles all which can be seen in and around the country. These include baroque, tudor, roman and gothic styles. Inside you will find some souvenir stalls and the agriculture museum.