Vajdahunyad castle: Dracula’s castle reborn in Budapest

History of Vajdahunyad castle

The Vajdahunyad castle (Vajdahunyad vára) in Budapest seems to be a thousand years old but in fact it is a relatively new construction. It is built for the city’s millennium exhibition in 1896. To achieve the extraordinary appearance of the castle, its architect Ignác Alpár combined few different styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, but he was mostly inspired by the Dracula’s castle – the Hunyad castle in Transylvania (nowadays Romania). The initial construction was made from cardboard and wood, but the castle soon became so famous among the tourist and the citizens that it was rebuilt from stone and brick from 1904 to 1908. Since 1907 the castle houses the Agricultural Museum of Hungary.

There is a statue of Anonymus in the castle’s courtyard. Anonymus was a chronicler of a Hungarian king (probably Béla III) during the 12th century, but his true identity was unknown.

Tips for visiting Vajdahunyad castle

If you want to see the castle from the inside you have to pay an entrance fee for the Agricultural Museum.

Useful information
Address: 1146 Budapest, Városliget, Vajdahunyadvár
Access: Metro station Hősök tere – line M1
Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Closed on Monday
Admission: 1 100 HUF (more info)
Web site: info

entrance of the castle

Vajdahunyad vára

outside the castle

closer view of the castle

in the courtyard

Vajdahunyad castle

Statue of Anonymus

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