See how presidents lived at Chapultepec Castle
Chapultepec Castle is a hidden gem in Mexico City, located at the top of Chapultepec Mountain, which is also known as Grasshopper Hill. Construction of Chapultepec Castle started in 1785 by Viceroy Bernardo de Galvez as a vacation home. Over the years, the castle has been used for different purposes, for example, it served as headquarters of Military Acadamy of Mexico in the 1800’s. Before being decreed as the National Museum of History in 1939, the castle served as a presidential residence.
The museum has three main sections: Alcazar, which is the site museum, the former military college, and temporary exhibition rooms. As you stroll along the colorful corridors of Chapultepec Castle, open windows will allow you to view the beautiful rooms with exhibitions of what was used by occupants from the 1800’s and onwards. Mural paintings on the walls of the castle were made by prominent artists between the years 1933 and 1970. Beautiful dining rooms, living rooms, as well as goldish ornaments that scream royalty will make your visit worth it. On the ground floor, as soon as you enter the castle, there are beautiful displays of classic cars driven in that old era.
Admission: Opening hours are Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission fee is 65 Pesos (November 2016). When you arrive at Chapultepec Castle you are asked to store your large bags in lockers at the first gate down the hill. You pay to use the lockers. Photographic equipment such as tripods and selfie sticks are also not allowed inside the castle gates. When you get to the second gate at the top of the hill, you are asked to leave them with the guards for free. You are only allowed to get in with a stand-alone camera but the use of a flash is prohibited. Guided tours are available but in English only and only upon reservation. To make a guide tour reservation send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11100 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
The nearest Bus Station: José Vazconcelos – Avenida Chapultepec
The nearest Metro Station: Chapultepec
Here is the Official website for Castle of Chapultepec