Towards the end of our second day in Budapest we stumbled across this fairytale castle in the City Park:
Vajdahunyad Castle was originally built in wood and cardboard for an exhibition in 1896, but was so popular it was reconstructed in permanent form over the next few years. It is an amazing mishmash of elements from different architectural periods. The chapel was Romanesque:
This Gothic section, a copy of a Transylvanian castle, still needs some restoration:
The Baroque wing houses the museum of agriculture (it had just started to rain, so I'm afraid the pictures are dark and gloomy like the weather):
In the grounds is this statue of Anonymus, a twelfth century royal notary and historian. Touching his pen is supposed to bring good luck (I didn't find this out until after we got back to England!):
Coming upon Vajdahunyad unexpectedly was like discovering a Disney castle for real!