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Vajdahunyad Castle

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Vajdahunyad Castle is a stunning attraction in the City Park of Budapest, Hungary. It was built between 1896 and 1908 as a replica of the Hunyad Castle in Transylvania, Romania, which was the residence of the famous Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus. The castle showcases different architectural styles from various periods of Hungarian history, such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. It also houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, the largest agricultural museum in Europe.

If you want to visit the castle, you need to buy a ticket at the entrance or online. The ticket prices vary depending on the type of visit and the season. You can choose between a guided tour, an audio guide or a self-guided tour. The castle is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00, except on some national holidays. You can check the official website for more information.

To get to the castle, you can take public transportation or walk from the city center. The nearest metro station is Széchenyi fürdő on line M1. You can also take bus 20E, 30, 30A, 105 or 230 to the same stop. From there, you can walk across the bridge over the lake and reach the castle in a few minutes. Alternatively, you can rent a bike or a pedal boat and enjoy the scenic views of the park.

Some tips for visiting the castle are:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as there are many stairs and uneven surfaces inside and outside the castle.
  • Bring a camera or a smartphone to capture the beautiful details and decorations of the castle.
  • Don’t miss the statue of Anonymus, a mysterious chronicler who wrote about the early history of Hungary in the 12th century. He is considered the first Hungarian historian and his identity is still unknown.
  • Explore the surrounding park and its attractions, such as the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, and the Vajdahunyad Castle Ice Rink (in winter).
  • Respect the rules and prohibitions of the castle, such as not touching or climbing on the exhibits, not smoking or drinking alcohol inside, and not bringing pets or large bags.

One of the most interesting things to see in the castle is the list of statues of Hungarian kings and national leaders that adorn its walls and towers. Here are some of them:

  • King Stephen I (975-1038), the first king of Hungary and a canonized saint.
  • King Ladislaus I (1040-1095), a popular and successful king who expanded Hungary’s borders and defended it from invaders.
  • King Béla IV (1206-1270), who rebuilt Hungary after the devastating Mongol invasion of 1241.
  • King Matthias Corvinus (1443-1490), one of the most renowned and cultured kings of Hungary, who patronized arts and sciences and created a powerful army.
  • Prince Francis II Rákóczi (1676-1735), a leader of the Hungarian uprising against Habsburg rule in the early 18th century.
  • Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894), a lawyer, journalist and politician who led the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 against Austria.
  • Ferenc Deák (1803-1876), a statesman and reformer who negotiated the Compromise of 1867 that created Austria-Hungary.
  • István Széchenyi (1791-1860), a nobleman and visionary who initiated many modernizing projects in Hungary, such as building bridges, railways and public institutions.

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