Sunday, November 07, 2010

Fairytale Castle

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!


Missus Wookie said...

so you didn't touch the pen? Gorgeous scenery - thanks for sharing.

The Bookworm said...

No, I didn't - but you can see from how shiny it is that lots of people do.

Karen E. said...

Ooooh -- very cool.

Like sunshine in the home said...

Love the architecture.

And that statue looks like the Ghost of Christmas Future - I'd have nightmares about it coming to life!