The Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvár) in City Park (Városliget)

The Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvár) in City Park (Városliget)

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvár), in City Park (Városliget)  was originally made by Ignác Alpár from cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896 but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick. It merges different architectural styles and details of well known Hungarian buildings and was named “Vajdahunyad castle” because the part visible from the lake was built to resemble the famous Vajdahunyad Castle in Romania (formerly part of Hungary).

Museum of Hungarian Agriculture (Magyar Mezőgazdasági Múzeum)

Museum of Hungarian Agriculture (Magyar Mezőgazdasági Múzeum)

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvár) also houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture (Magyar Mezőgazdasági Múzeum), the largest museum of agriculture in Europe. If you look around the museum you will get the opportunity to appreciate the beautifully painted walls, enormous crystal chandeliers, carved pillars and stained windows.

The statue of Anonymus is also in the Vajdahunyad Castle court. Anonymus was a chronicler in the XII century (probably in the court of King Béla III). He wrote the first history books about the ancient Hungarians based mostly on legend and myth. Superstition says that by touching his pen you will receive good luck and I have also heard touching his pen gives writers inspiration. Either way, go ahead and touch the pen, it can’t hurt.

Click here for the official Museum of Hungarian Agriculture website!

Statue of Anonymus

Statue of Anonymus

Regular opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00
Winter opening times (1 November – 31 March): Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00, Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Closed on Monday.

Last admissions half an hour before closing!

The entrance fee for the permanent exhibitions is 600 HUF (just over 2 Euros) for adults and there is a discount of 25% if you have the Budapest Card.

Click here for full details on admission and opening hours!

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvár) from the skating rink in City Park (Városliget)

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvár) from the skating rink in City Park (Városliget)

You can get to Vajdahunyad Castle from Heroes’ Square or the Budapest Zoo, it is just a couple of minutes on foot.

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Destination guide Dan.

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