Vajdahunyad Castle - Vajdahunyad-vár, Budapest

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

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    A romantic walk

    by Robert_Hun Updated Apr 23, 2005

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    Behind Heroes' Square (Hosok tere), in the City Park (Varosliget) you can find a small lake (for pleasure boats in the summer and ice-skating in the winter) and a charming castle which is a replica of the Vajdahunyad Castle in Transylvania (Rumania). It houses the museum of agriculture and a nice little chapel.

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 22, 2005

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    The back of the Castle at night
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    The Castle in the City Park was built for the Hungarian Millenium in 1896 (just like so many other things in Budapest :). It was designed by Ignac Alpar and it consist of 3 "blocks" in diferent styles (romanesque, gothic and renaissance).

    It's name comes from the most significant part, the tower, which is a copy of the tower of the Castle in Vajdahunyad.

    The buildings were originally only temporary ones, but in 1900 Alpari received an assignment to carry out the permanent buildings.

    Today the biggest part of it houses the collection of the Museum of Agriculture.

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Hungarian Agricultural Museum

    Vajdahunyad Castle is not a castle but a fascinating building located in Varosliget, the City Park. Today it hosts the Hungarian Agricultural Museum.

    How it came into existence is quite interesting: originally it was built in timber and... cardboard! It was only meant to be temporarily there - for the 1896 World Exhibition to mark the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars in the Carpathian Basin. The building was divided into sections, and each section was a small-scale reproduction of Hungarian traditional buildings.

    People liked this strange building immediately, so the timber and carboard palace was taken down, and replaced by an identical one - this time in the more solid brick and stone.

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    The Vajdahunyad Castle

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 26, 2005

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    The Vajdahunyad Castle originally was built as an exhibition space in 1896 to house the exhibitions that were organised to celebrate the new century.

    The fairytalish looking castle in the nice fairytalish surrounding park became that popular that the local government decided to keep the castle, even after 1900.

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  • Vajdahunyad Castle

    by grkboiler Updated Nov 9, 2004

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    Once in Varosliget, you will immediately notice Vajdahunyad Castle. This was built for the 1896 Millennium Celebrations and represents the evolution of architecture in Hungary. The styles were all grouped together to give it the look of a single design and takes the style of over 20 of Hungary's most important buildings.

    The castle now houses the Museum of Agriculture. Its hours are 10am - 4pm daily (5pm in the summer). Admission is charged.

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  • Vajdahunyad Castle - Jak Chapel

    by grkboiler Written Nov 9, 2004
    Jak Chapel

    The Jak Chapel, across from the main building at Vajdahunyad Castle housing the Museum of Agriculture, is a replica of a Benedictine chapel found in Jak near the border of Austria. It was built in the Romanesque style. The original chapel in Jak was built in 1214.

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    Anonymus statue

    by MedioLatino Written Oct 4, 2004

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    Anonymus

    Anonymus magister was a historian, who wrote the first book about hungarian history in latin. The book, called "Gesta Hungarorum" is known from a copy made in the 13th century. The artist era, age, name and the reliability of it's writing is still base of debates among historians.

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    by pili Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    This group of buildings was prepared for the Millennium exhibition of 1896. Its designer Alpár Ignác took components from the country's most beautiful buildings and constructed the whole out of these units.

    Este grupo de edificios fue preparado para la exhibición del Milenio de 1896. Su diseñador, Alpár Ignác tomó componentes de los edificios más bellos del país y construyó todo como una unidad.

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    Looks old ...

    by rui_bijie Written Mar 29, 2004

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    ... but isn't! The Castle ist just a little bit older than 100 years (= not old in European terms).

    The castle was originally built of timber and cardboard for the World Exhibition organized in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars in the Carpathian Basin. Its aim was to give the visitor an insight 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. Today Vajdahunyad Castle is the home of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum.

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    Anonymous

    by DrewV Updated Oct 2, 2003
    Who izzy?  I dunno... and neither do you!

    This shadowy figure is Anonymous, the scribe who recorded much of Hungary's early history. Now he stands watch in a courtyard of Vajdahunyad Castle, a castle designed after a Transylvanian castle, but with Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and other architectural elements to reflect Hungary's rich history.

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  • Visit the City Park

    by dtamas Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    Vajdahunyad castle

    Visit the City Park (Városliget). Right next to Heroes' square you'll find the Museum of Fine Arts, Mûcsarnok, Budapest Zoo, Theme Park, Széchenyi Spa, Museum of Transportation, Museum of Agriculture, the copy of Vajdahunyad Castle, and much more all in one place: the City Park.

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    A Disney castle

    by Djinn76 Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    Quite deceiving, this is in fact the remaining of a world exhibition organized in 1896. This is exactly the same idea as the Eifel tower in Paris, the Atomium in Brussels or the Palace of fine arts in SF.
    This is just a "Disney" castle : different copies of existing building in the area have been put together.
    Originally, it was supposed to be only a temporary building (built in wood) but since then it has been rebuilt with real briccks and stones...
    If you are in the mood, you can also find in the area
    - the city park (the other alternative for green space would be Margaret Island)
    - the zoo
    - Gundel, one of the most famous (and expensive?) restaurant in Budapest
    - The Sz?chenyi baths
    Children may like the place but I was about to classify it under tourist trap...

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    Vajdahunyad vara (castle) in Varosliget

    by janika Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    Vajdahunyad Vara

    You have to visit the beautiful and historical Vajdahunyad vara (castle) in Varosliget. Actually Hungary has two of these castles. One is in (Erdely) Transylvania. Now Romania. The castle is currently an agricultural museum and the entire complex is made up of twenty-one buildings.
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    City Park

    by cobrioc Updated Jul 21, 2003

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    City Park

    Vajdahunyad Castle probably the most fascinating edifice in the City Park. The castle was originally built of timber and cardboard for the World Exhibition organized in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars in the Carpathian Basin. Its aim was to give the visitor an insight 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. Today Vajdahunyad Castle is the home of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum.

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    City Park Part Three

    by cobrioc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Heroes Square

    Heroes Square
    An imposing 36-metre high column which supports the winged figure of the Archangel Gabriel is encircled on its pedestal by statues of the seven conquering Magyar tribal chiefs on horseback.
    Behind, are two semi-circular colonnades housing the statues of the most famous rules in Hungarian history.

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