This castle is not a historic one - it was created for the Millenial Exhibition 1896 in Budapest and intended to show architectural styles from different epochs (romanic, renaissance, gothic, baroque). The original castle was made from cardboard and wood, but - as the site became very popular - it was rebuilt in stone from 1904 to 1908. In the interior courtyard, you find a sinister monument to an anonymus medieval historian who wrote the first history book on Hungary.
A very interesting part of City Park, is where Vajdahunyad Castle is situated.
Vajdahunyad Castle was built in 1908, as a copy of a Transylvanian castle of the same name. The idea of building Vajdahunyad Castle, was to showcase the beautiful and long history of the Magyars through its architectural treasures. Some of the most outstanding buildings and details from all over Hungary (at that time part of the huge Austro-Hungarian Empire), were used, although some of the buildings showcased, are outside the borders of Hungary now. The concept was to blend the various architectural styles into one composite castle.
When I looked at this Castle, I was seeing a thousand year old history of Hungarian architecture and architectural details of 21 buildings, some only in minor additions, while others as main characters. Romantic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, all blend together to make this a very interesting Castle.
It can be reached by any one of four bridges, the one I came across, still had and arched entrance with portcullis. Today, the Museum of Agriculture is located in the Castle.
It is very attractive as it sits on an artificial island and is surrounded by water. No reflections much for me, but on a calm water day, this would make a great photo opportunity.
You can enter the courtyard all day and all night for FREE - except for festivals.
FREE Photos in the Courts of the Castle (photo tickets are only needed inside the Castle, in the Museum)
ENTRANCE FEE FOR MUSEUM OF AGRICULTURE
THE Museum in the Castle is closed on Mondays.
•Tickets for Adults: HUF 1,100
•Tickets for Children: HUF 550
•Photo Ticket to the Museum (inside the castle only): HUF 5000
The Jak Chapel is actually part of Vajdahunyad Castle, built for the 1896 millennium. It is a copy of a Benedictine abbey at Ják, Western Hungary.
The church was picked as the best representation of the Romanesque architecture in Hungary
The exact replica of the Portal of the Church of Jak shows the characteristic church gates of the 11th and 12th century. This is the main gate of the church decorated with geometric Norman style motifs. Next to the Portal, you can see the Madonna, and Samson’s fight with the lion.
Above the portal, is a series of statues, which has Christ in the centre and he is flanked by five Apostles on either side. The columns are rich in detail and worth a close up look!
The Chapel was consecrated by Bishop Kohl Medárd in 1915, in honor of King Ladislaus.
The Chapel is a functioning Catholic chapel with religious ceremonies on Sundays from spring to autumn at 12 pm (noon). It's very popular for smaller weddings.
The main gate to the Castle is the one you enter from Heroes’ Square. This is the way I came from, passing by two stone lions holding the coat of arms of Budapest. Across the bridge I went and through the gate way with the portcullis. There are four entrances to the Castle, this one is known as Bridge Gate.
To the left [when entering] of Bridge Gate, is the area where the Ducks are fed. I found by going down here and standing on the edge of the bank, and on the feeding platform, I could take some lovely photos of the Castle and the arched bridge. When walking across bridge, I had no idea it was arched, making for some nice reflections in the water.
I didn't make it inside the Chapel, but I did find the most beautiful Romanesque cloister attached to the Chapel! Funnily, most people seemed to miss it. They looked at the Chapel portal and then walked away.
It was a little hidden, but if you walk to the left of the Chapel, you will find it.
I was so glad I did!
Even though this cloister is very small and the smallest Cloister I have ever seen, it also was one of the prettiest.
Ivy clung to the walls, Árpád-era [Hungarian dynasty} style pillars, guardian stones and patterned columns completed the setting.
I wanted to go in there, as peace and quietness oozed through the openings. Just the place to sit, contemplate and let time drift by!
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.
I was looking for Szechenyi Bath when I came across with the Museum of Agriculture building.
A special exibition was taking place at that time but I did not enter to see it.
I just enjoyed being outside appreciating the place and is garden.
If you are next to the Bath, just cross its outside entrance garden and you will see this building in the middle of the City Park Lake.
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.