"The Highlight of City Park ( 5 photos )" Vajdahunyad Castle - Vajdahunyad Vár Tip by nicolaitan

  The Vajdahunyad gateway
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  • The Vajdahunyad gateway - Budapest
      The Vajdahunyad gateway
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  • The replica of the Chapel of Jak - Budapest
      The replica of the Chapel of Jak
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  • The Castle Tower - Budapest
      The Castle Tower
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  • The Baroque castle with Agriculture Museum - Budapest
      The Baroque castle with Agriculture Museum
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  • The Lake - Budapest
      The Lake
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Contained within an island set in the park is the centerpiece of this park system. A Disney-like collection of buildings created for the 1896 Millenium, the island houses multiple buildings documenting all the architectural styles dominant in Hungarian History. Architect Ignac Alpar successfully blended these different styles into the most popular section of the park today.

The entrance, from which the castle name is derived, is modelled after a Romanian castle of the same name which belonged to Janos Hunyadi, a hero of the wars against Turkish invaders. After passing through the gothic gate, a romanesque church is modelled after the chapel of Jak, a Benedictine church in western Hungary which has survived to modern times. This is a very popular site for weddings, one of which was proceeding as we passed through. Further along, a large Baroque building is the setting for an Agriculture Museum, quite popular as well ( although we passed on this attraction ).

A striking Gothic tower is modelled after a castle-tower in Sighisoara Romania, originally in Translyvania. The most famous statue is Anonymus, a hooded figure who lived in the 13th Century and whose work forms the basis for much of our knowledge of early Hungarian history. The entire castle area is surrounded by a moat-like artificial lake for which rowboats may be rented. Certainly the highlight of the park - and nothing surpasses being a vicarious member of the wedding entourage.

Address: 1146 Budapest, Városliget (City Park)
Directions: In City Park (Varosliget), in the middle of the lake (behind Heroes' Square), access by Millennium Underground Rwy (M1) and buses 4, 4express, 20express, 30: get off at Hosok tere.
Phone: (+36) 1 343 31 98
Website: http://www.vajdahunyadcastle.com

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  • Written Nov 30, 2006
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