Chapultepec is a free space in the city. It's divided in three sections and plenty things to visit and do.
There are several museums, like "Chapultepec Castle" - from there you can have a nice view from the city.
Antropology Museum, Natural History Museum, Papalote Museum - A museum for kid.
Also you can enjoy of some restaurantes in the third section (check el Lago restaurant tip) or just enjoy a nice walk.
Well... If you go to Mexico City and are not planning of going anywere else, you can have an idea about what "Voladores de Papantla" are, next to El Museo de Antropologia... I like to call it as the "Bungy Jumping precesor"... But It iss a little more complex than just jumping with a robe... This is kind of a dance, and it is not a jump, it is a slow decending of 4 guys at he same time from a ... Well, my engish is not that well, and I prefer you to watch it yourself :)
Chapultepec is a large park where locals go to picnic, to visit its Zoo, to eat at the famous Restaurante del Lago and has been a special place for Mexicans.
Between its attractions it's the Chapultepec Castle, where Maximilian I of Mexico and Empress Carlota of Mexico lived. The castle's interior is as sumptuous as a European palace, and now houses the National History Museum. Don't miss it!!
In addition to the Anthropology Museum, there are many more sights to see at Chapultepec Park. This is an enormous public park that includes lakes, monuments, sporting fields, vendors, and vast green spaces for pleasant relaxation. The city's main zoo is located here along with the Modern Art Museum and the Rufino Tamayo Museum. You'll also find the Natural History Museum and technology museum and a children's museum as well as Maximillion's castle on top of Chapultepec Hill and the impressive Ninos Heroes monument that sits below it.
Chapultapec is the largest and oldest park in the Americas. Located in the middle of Mexico City, it is a nice escape from the endless traffic and honking of the city streets. The city is home to museums, markets, hiking paths, a giant lake (complete with boats you can rent to paddle around)a free zoo and much more. If you want to see the zoo in one day, bikes are available to rent.
Bosque de Chapultepec.
It is Mexico City's largest park and the site of numerous historical and cultural attractions.
Following the Spanish Conquest (1521), Hernán Cortés took possession of Chapultepec as part of his spoils and it subsequently served as a hunting preserve for the Viceroy de Velazco.
In 1530 it became a public park and the property of the local city council, and construction was initiated to rebuild the aqueduct needed to quench the thirst of the growing capital of the New Spain.
At the park's principal entrance is the 'Monumento a los Niños Héroes' (Monument to the Castle Defenders).
Supposedly buried in the monument are the six young cadets, one of them who wrapped themself in the Mexican flag and jumped to his death rather than surrender to the aggressors during the North American invasion in 1847...
For hundreds of years Chapultepec has been a focal point in this city of such tremendous population growth that an airy expanse of green is absolutely vital.
Bosque de Chapultepec is 2,100 acres/850 hectares of woods, small size lakes, hiking trails, playgrounds, botanical garden, amusement park, zoo, museums, one castle (the only one in whole American Continent) and nearby important concert hall.
The fact that much of the surrounding park is fenced off to recuperate, plus 'Los Pinos' (presidential house), surrounded by presidential guards' barracks makes it extremely difficult to walk from one side to the other, especially when you add the impossibility of crossing the Periférico motorway.
Main hotels are located just in front of the Park and close to important business areas like Reforma Boulevard or Sata Fe complex, and very attractive neighborhoods: Polanco and Condesa.
Designed originally as residential enclaves, today they bring together many interesting buildings, cultural centers and restaurants.
Castillo de Chapultepec.
Imposing and elegant, this castle perches on Bosque de Chapultepec and overlooks Mexico City.
Here, in pre-Hispanic times, the Aztecs located their temple in honor of Tlaloc, the rain god.
The tradition of Chapultepec Castle as a residence for Mexican rulers dates back to the 14th Century when Nezahualcoyotl, the Lord of Texcoco, ordered a palace to be built at the foot of the hill, together with certain hydraulic installations designed to take advantage of the natural springs which also occurred there.
Several Aztec rulers had their portraits carved into the rock of the hill, though most were destroyed by the Spanish soon after the Conquest.
The castle being constructed between 1785 and 1787 for Viceroy Conde de Galvez.
In the end of 18th century , a palace for viceroys was constructed on this historic site.
It became into a gunpowder plant and Military College, wich pupils offered a patriotic defense of the National Flag during the North American invasion in 1847.
Of all its occupants, the castle is best remembered as the home of the romantic and ill-fated couple, Emperor Maximilian von Hapsburg and his wife Carlota.
They renovated the castle, added the garden, the second floor and built the imperial living quarters known as the Alcazar to convert the Castle into a regal residential palace.
From her balcony, Carlota could watch Maximilian's royal carriage as it traveled down Emperor's Avenue (today Reforma Boulevard) to downtown Mexico City.
The Golden Age of the Castle came, however, during the government of Gral. Porfirio Diaz.
It was here that President Diaz had his noteworthy meeting with Creelman, the American journalist, which left the heavy ironwork doors ajar to the Revolutionary surge of 1910.
Finally, it was in 1939 when the President Lazaro Cardenas decreted the transformation of the Castle, from official residence into Museo Nacional de Historia (National Museum of History), inaugurated like so, the 27 of September of 1944.
Not too far from downtown you can find the area called Chapultepec: it's actually a very big forest with a lake in it (where you can rent boats to row in the lake) and with a Zoo park inside too. This is close to a zone called Zona Rosa ("Pink Zone"), full of hotels and restaurants and night clubs, and also to a zone called Polanco where the most luxurious hotels are placed, as well as very nice and old houses.
Within this park there's the Chapultepec Castle, which is REALLY beautiful and was recently refurbished, very worth seeing. Just look at the picture, but be aware that it's much nicer on the inside, of course! It's the place where emperor Maximilian von Habsburg lived during his stay in Mexico and it looks like some of the castles you can find in Europe.
There are lots of museums around this area as well, one of those being the Anthropology Museum, one of our biggest & best ones in town.
This monument is erected for the remembrance of the young soldiers who died in 1847 while defending the castle of Chapultepec. You can see this monument at the entrance of the big park of Bosque de Chapultepec.
This is one of D.F.'s must-see's. It is the only castle in Mexico, and the only castle in Latin America that was ever ruled by a European royal family. Its high up on a hill and gives a gorgeous view of the city. The outside and interior are both beautifully decorated and it is surrounded by a beautiful park which is nice to stroll through and relax in after your tour of the palace. Definitely worth the visit.
Open 9-5, tuesday - sunday. Take the subway to the "Chapultepec" station, and then find a bus that will take you to the park. It isn't hard to find the right bus, as most of them do go by there. I found it was best to just ask the driver.
The Castillo de Chapultepec ("Castle of Chapultepec") is a castle built on top of Chapultepec Hill (Chapultepec came from the Náhuatl and means "grasshopper hill").
The castle is located in the middle of Chapultepec Park in Mexico City at a height of 2,325 meters above sea level. The building has been used for several purposes during its history, including Military Academy, Imperial and Presidential residence, observatory and museum. It currently houses the Mexican National Museum of History since 1864. It is the only castle in North America that was occupied by European sovereigns.
the construction was ordered by Viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez in 1785. Francisco Bambitelli, Lieutenant Colonel of the Spanish Army and engineer drew up the blueprint and began the construction on August 16 of the same year following a baroque style.
During the Mexican War of Independence (1810 – 1821) the building was abandoned for many years, until 1833. On that year the building was decreed to become the location of the Colegio Militar (Military Academy)
The palace started to acquire its modern look during the Second Mexican Empire, when Mexican Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his wife Empress Carlota established their Imperial residence there in 1864. The Emperor hired several European and Mexican architects. the Emperor brought from Europe several pieces of furniture, art and many other fine household items that are still exhibited to this day.
Since 1882 the building became the presidencial residence,until 1939 when President Lázaro Cárdenas decreed a law that established Chapultepec Castle as the seat of the National Museum of History (Museo Nacional de Historia) with the collections of the former National Museum of Archaeology, History and Ethnography. The museum was opened on September 27, 1944. President Cárdenas moved the official Mexican presidential residence to Los Pinos, and never lived in Chapultepec Castle.
*Look at my other photos of the interior of the Castle*
This 18th century fairy tale "castle" stands atop a hill in the middle of the Bosque de Chapultepec with stunning views of the city. Previously serving as an imperial residence, the palace is now a museum exhibiting beautiful artwork from Catholic Mexico and preserved living quarters from imperial times. The Castillo is open for visits, but beware, it's a long uphill road to reach the palace. Fortunately, there is a little bus to transport people (for a small fee).
Chapultepec Castle is an amazing place, and a must see on any visit to Mexico City. It sits atop Chapultepec Hill at the end of Paseo de la Reforma Avenue. A centuries-old forest surrounds it and the castle itself houses the Museum of Natural History. The surrounding area has numerous cultural centers, the Museum of Anthropology, amusement parks, and even a zoo.
A visit to the Castle itself is incredible. This used to be the home of Emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg and his wife Carlotta. But the amazing European decorations weren't added until later by the dictator Porfirio Diaz. Don't forget to spend some time looking at the old carriages.
Although the castle has a nice green area at the ground level, I guess the "real" (and nicest) garden of the palace is the one they have on the roof top! It's more or less like an inner yard on the top floor but with bushes and flowers and a fountain. It's pretty well preserved and it gives the whole building a nice atmosphere and harmony.
The Chapultepec palace belonged to the Emperor Maximilian. It is a far cry from European royal palaces, but still rather nice. Inside there is a small historic museum, effects of Maximilian and Diaz, a lavish carriage used by the Emperor.
The views from its balcony are stunning.