Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle is a beautiful fairy tale like castle built by an artificial lake in the biggest green park called City Park in Budapest. The castle may look old, but it is in fact about 100 years old. How come it looks so old and historical?

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest (photo by Eole Wind)

Vajdahunyad Castle is a special architectural complex, mixing and merging several attractions all over Hungary. The various buildings best represent a certain architectural style in Hungary: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures are all fused in a beautiful monumental building in the City Park of Budapest.

‘Vajdahunyad Castle’, the name which refers to the whole eclectic structure is in fact only one part of the building.

The original Vajdahunyad Castle or Hunyad Castle is not in Budapest, it is located in a Transylvanian town, (formerly part of the Hungarian kingdom): the Gothic castle belonged to the Hunyadi dynasty, which gave the most popular Hungarian king to the Magyars, King Matthias Rex. Matthias Church on the Castle Hill on the Buda side bears the name of King Matthias Hunyadi. The Gothic castle can now be found in present day Romania.

Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest (photo by Bulcsu Harkai)

It is free to enter the grounds of Vajdahunyad Castle, so even if you do not wish to go inside the castle, where you can see lots of agricultural exhibitions and collections, it is worth taking a romantic and historical walk through the courts, and see how the various styles fit together. Take a visit to the countryside of Hungary in Vajdahunyad Castle.

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest (photo by Bruno Girin)

History of Vajdahunyad Castle

Originally Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest was a temporary showcase building quickly put together for the ‘big happy birthday party of the 1000 year old Hungarian state’, i.e. for the Millenarian Festivities in 1896. Just like the nearby Millennium Monument in Budapest.

By 1899 the nice castle had to be demolished as the makeshift structure made from cardboard and wooden frames had collapsed, but Hungarians loved the idea of the mixture of churches, castles and palaces so much that Vajdahunyad Castle, designed by Ignac Alpar, was built for good.

The Castle is right next to an artificial lake in the City Park, and since 1907 it has hosted the Hungarian Agricultural Museum (old trades, tools, clothes, customs, plants, Hungarian indigenous stuffed animals, hunting trophies, old rifles, etc.- all the agricultural exhibitions in an unusually nice building).

Hungarian Agricultural Museum, Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

Hungarian Agricultural Museum, Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

Hungarian Agricultural Museum

The Hungarian Agricultural Museum has several permanent exhibitions, some of which are specifically concentrating on Hungary (a historical overview of the Hungarian agriculture from the beginnings to 1945, or the Hungarian wines and vinery in Europe, etc.) and others are more general, like Forestry, or the History of house animals.

While the permanent exhibitions are rich and nicely presented, they were made in an era when museum exhibits were being looked at, and not being touched or interacted with. However, temporary exhibitions are made with a more modern approach, with several interactive exhibits, so kids and families can most probably enjoy them.

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

Entrance fees: 1100 HUF for adults, 550 HUF for children (3-14 years of age)

Address: Magyar Mezőgazdasági Múzeum
Budapest, XIV. (14th district), Városliget, Vajdahunyadvár

Hungarian Agricultural Museum, Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

Hungarian Agricultural Museum, Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

Getting there: the easiest way to get to Vajdahunyad Castle is by the M1 (yellow) metro line: get off at Szechenyi Baths (Szechenyi Furdo) and walk towards the Millennial Monument on Heroes’ Square. From there, directions are easy as You will see the turrets and towers of Vajdahunyad Castle.

Further options: bus number 105, trolley buses number 70, 72, 75, 79

Vajdahunyad Castle shows a different face from a different angle:

Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest (photo by Bulcsu Harkai)

 
Comments

I know it costs600 HUF to see the “permanent exhibits,” but is there an entrance fee for the remainder of the Vajdahunyad Castle?

Hello James, the entrance fee to Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest is 1000 HUF until Sep 10 2011, and after that it is 1450 HUF for the permanent exhibitions (500 HUF for students and senior residents until Sep 10, after that tickets for children is 1250 HUF). See the official website for the ticket prices: http://www.mezogazdasagimuzeum.hu/article.php?article_id=98
Temp exhibitions are about 1200 HUF on top of that.
I do not think there is an extra admission fee or ticket for the whole castle building complex, but some of the rooms used for balls, conferences (e.g. the Renaissance Baroque hall) may not be open for the general museum visitors even though the whole Vajdahunyadvar (Vajdahunyad Castle) belongs to the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. But there is absolutely no charge to walk around the building and in the courtyard where you can take a good look at the exterior of the various architectural styles and buildings merged into one strange and nice castle.

From Sep 10, 2011 the general entrance fee for adults is 1450 HUF.

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