Vajdahunyad Castle - Vajdahunyad-vár, Budapest

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1146 Budapest, Városliget (City Park) (+36) 1 343 31 98

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    The Court of the Castle

    by 1courage Updated May 30, 2008

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    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.

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    by bsfreeloader Written Jan 10, 2008

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    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 Originally made from cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896, it became so popular that it was rebuilt with stone and brick.

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    Vajdahunyad Castle (City Park)

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    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.

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    The Jáki chapel,a gothic detail & the Alpár statue

    by 1courage Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    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.

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    Castle in the Park

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 23, 2007

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    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.

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    I'm in love now

    by dusanvrban Written May 20, 2007

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    After you feel the protected by the heroes from Hungary, you can go and relax in the cross-street park. After you pass the bridge and start feeling the nature, you will notice this lovely castle. Beside it's once again impressive architecture, you will just fall in love with it's surroundings. Some water, few boats, benches, a sandwich and a drink. Enough for romance. Enjoy it, it is perfect.

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    by miman Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    This early twentieth century Budapest castle is a unique blending of many different architectural styles. Situated in City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapestwhich at 1 square km is the largest park in Budapest, Vajdahunyad Castle began its life as a structure made of wood and cardboard. It was built for the city’s millennium exhibition in 1896 and was a huge hit with both the locals and those visiting Budapest. The castle, actually an enclave of buildings rather than just one structure, was designed by architect Ignác Alpár and is said to be modeled from a castle of the same name in Transylvania, Romania. Because the castle became so popular with residents, the city decided to make it a more permanent structure. Ják Chapel, Vajdahunyad Castle, BudapestTherefore, in 1904, reconstruction of Vajdahunyad Castle began, using brick and stone and following Alpar’s original plans with just a few small changes. What makes this castle so unusual is its combination of architectural styles. If you’re visiting Vajdahunyad, a glance from one side may determine that the structure is Gothic. A walk around the castle may give one the impression that this is a Baroque building. Indeed, it’s a combination of Gothic, Renaissance/Baroque, and Romanesque, built that way, according to some, to show the world all the architectural Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapeststyles that can be found in Budapest. Several years after the millennium exhibition ended and all the artifacts were returned to their rightful owners, the Hungarian Royal Agriculture Museum opened inside the walls of the castle.

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    Vajdahunyad vára

    by sinisar Written Dec 14, 2006

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    Vajdahunyad vára 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. 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.

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    The Highlight of City Park ( 5 photos )

    by nicolaitan Written Nov 30, 2006

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    The Vajdahunyad gateway
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    Contained within an island set in the park is the centerpiece of this park system. A Disney-like collection of buildings created for the 1896 Millenium, the island houses multiple buildings documenting all the architectural styles dominant in Hungarian History. Architect Ignac Alpar successfully blended these different styles into the most popular section of the park today.

    The entrance, from which the castle name is derived, is modelled after a Romanian castle of the same name which belonged to Janos Hunyadi, a hero of the wars against Turkish invaders. After passing through the gothic gate, a romanesque church is modelled after the chapel of Jak, a Benedictine church in western Hungary which has survived to modern times. This is a very popular site for weddings, one of which was proceeding as we passed through. Further along, a large Baroque building is the setting for an Agriculture Museum, quite popular as well ( although we passed on this attraction ).

    A striking Gothic tower is modelled after a castle-tower in Sighisoara Romania, originally in Translyvania. The most famous statue is Anonymus, a hooded figure who lived in the 13th Century and whose work forms the basis for much of our knowledge of early Hungarian history. The entire castle area is surrounded by a moat-like artificial lake for which rowboats may be rented. Certainly the highlight of the park - and nothing surpasses being a vicarious member of the wedding entourage.

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    A Fairytale Castle

    by AnnS Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    Just inside City Park, on an island in the middle of the lake, is Vajdahunyad Castle, which looks like something from a fairytale. It was originally built of temporary materials for the 1896 Millennium celebrations but it was so popular that it was later rebuilt in stone and brick.

    You approach it over a drawbridge and through a porticoed gate, into a courtyard. Surrounding the courtyard are various buildings that represent Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The largest of these is the Baroque Castle, now home to the Museum of Agriculture. The Ják Chapel is a reproduction of a 13th century Benedictine chapel in Ják, an area of Hungary close to the Austrian border.

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    The artificial lake around the castle

    by 1courage Updated Oct 29, 2006

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    In the city park you can find 3 lakes. One of them is around the Vajdahunyad castle. You can hire here boats to go around the castle and see the numerous duck families who considere this lake their home since generations. On the other side of the lake, there are banks and camping chairs from wich you can enjoy the fantastic view of all the castle and it`s towers. This is a very quiet place, ideal for families and for couples to spend some hour in.

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    Vajdahunyad Vár-from outside

    by 1courage Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    The gothic & the renassaince parts of the complex
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    The Vajdahunyad Castle was built between I896 and 1908.
    In reality the construction lasted so long, because originally it wasn`t built as a permanent monument, but the people liked it so much that some years after the millenary exhibition it was reconstructed with other materials. Its various parts illustrate the different styles of Hungarian architecture. It was designed by Ignác Alpár, and it is in parts an imitation of the Castle of Vajdahunyad in Transylvania, wich is the family castle of János Hunyadi (See in the Heroes square tip). He was a big hero of the Turkish wars. The original castle was built in its present form in the fifteenth century.

    If we approach the Castle from the Heroes square, we see a gothic gate, that leads to the courtyard.

    In the court, the great structure that we can see among the Gothic group of buildings, is the copy of the castle-tower of Segesvár in Transylvania. Inside there is a Gothic court- yard with some early Renaissance elements.

    The largest facade facing the courtyard was built in Baroque style. Opposite is the statue of Anonymus.
    The castle hosts the Museum of agriculture, wich is much much more interesting than what we think if we hear it for the first time. The building is beautiful inside, and you can enter free of charge.

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  • Vajdahunyad Castle

    by Lena1979 Updated Oct 25, 2005

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    Behind the Heroes' square, you can find a fairytale-like castle. Vajdahunyad Castle is not a real castle, despite of its name. The castle was built to show the development of architecture in Hungary. The complex of buildings reflects different architectureal styles that can be found in Hungary, among them Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, etc. Though built in different styles, the buildings match together like the pieces of a puzzle and make up a cohesive unified architectural form.

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    Vajdahunyad vara: the Church

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 16, 2005

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    Vajdahunyad vara: the Church

    The main building of the castle was built on the model of the castle of the winner again the Turkish: Janos Hunyadi, located in Vajadahunyad in Romania. The gateway is in Gothic style: on the left there is a tower, a copy of one which is locate in north Hungary; the tower on the right remember the one which is locate in Sighisoara. Behind the buildings in Romantic style, there is a church built under an example of the Benedectine Church of Jak.

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    Vajdahunyad vara

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    In the middle of the beautiful Varosliget (City Park) there is the nice Vajdahunyad vara (Vajdahunyad Castle). This building was built between 1896-1908 by Ignac Alpar and with it you make a journey into Hungary's architectural past. Every section of the edifice is different, featuring a small-scale reproduction of various buildings in the country representing different historical and architectural styles. The castle is a true representation of a thousand years of Hungarian architecture in one single monument, and was such a success at the exhibition that it had to be rebuilt later in brick and stone. The name of the castle derive from the Castle of Vajdahunyad in Romania. Inside the castle there is the Mezogazdasagi Museum (Museum of Agricolture).

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