This gorgeous, 18th century palace sits high above Mexico City in Chapultepec Park. Chapultepec, which means “grasshopper hill,” is situated in the center of Mexico City. To reach the castle, visitors must ascend a paved walkway to reach the top. It’s a slow incline and not a difficult pathway to walk, however with the change in elevation, the altitude can be quickly felt. So the less than a mile stroll could take longer than expected to walk. There is also a small tram or train that will take visitors to the top of the castle, which would be recommended for those affected by the high altitude. The castle has been home to several Mexico presidents (until 1932) and served as the military academy before becoming the National Museum of History that it is today.
As families maneuver through the large property, you will see jewels, artifacts, murals, stained glass, a large and ornate carriage and the castle rooms and furniture as they were once used. The large black and white tiled terraces feature fountains, flowers and statues and offer breathtaking views of Mexico City as far as the eye can see. Take a stroll through the castle’s gardens as well, where the architecture mixes perfectly with the manicured hedges and blooms.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday.
50 peso (less than $3); peso is the only form of payment accepted. Children under 13 are free to enter.
Concessions are available at the base of the castle.