Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Jennifer with Pasel de la Reforma in the background
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Romeo + Juliet and Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Scenes from Romeo + Juliet were filmed at Chapultepec Castle.

ROMEO + JULIET

at Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

~

Juliet

Romeo + Juliet

Shakespeare

Jennifer at Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Like the balcony at Chapultepec Castle

in Romeo and Juliet Mexico City

Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Chapultepec Castle is one of the top places to visit in Mexico City.

Why visit Chapultepec Castle?

Some scenes of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet film by Baz Luhrmann were filmed at the castle. Verona was set in Mexico City for the movie.

Are there places you visit or want to visit because of a movie, a TV show, or a series? Well for me, Romeo and Juliet was one of those movies.

I stepped back in time! And, explored one of the oldest castles in Latin America. I saw its grandeur and beauty from the stained glass windows, terraces, staircases, courtyards, big murals, and historical artefacts that took me on a journey back through time. And, you can go on this journey, too.

Chapultepec Castle Mexico City - Castillo de Chapultepec

Chapultepec Castle stands on Chapultepec Hill. It’s situated in a large park, the Bosque de Chapultepec. The Spanish started building the castle in the 1700s and finished it in the 1800s.

Inside the castle, I visited the National Museum of History. I explored the rooms and saw displays from the past including weapons and uniforms used during the War of Independence.

Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Do you recognise Chapultepec Castle from Romeo + Juliet?

Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Romeo + Juliet Reforma Scene

You hear the blades of the helicopter whir.

The filming swoops across the cityscape.

And, you glide from above through Paseo de la Reforma.

The building on the left has a Capulet sign on its roof.

And, a building opposite on the right has Montague at the top.

In between is a big statue of Jesus.

Paseo de la Reforma

Paseo de la Reforma is the “Promenade of the Reform”.

When I stayed, I noticed in this area of Mexico City the color red was prominent on the rooftops and buildings.

Since the film was made in 1996, Paseo de la Reforma has been transformed and new buildings have been built.. And, skyscrapers now stand out in the cityscape. Compared to when the film was made the buildings were shorter.

View from Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

I saw the six white and black poles from the castle, the Niños Héroes Monument. The official name is the Altar a la Patria, Altar to the Fatherland.

They represent the six cadets killed in the Battle of Chapultepec between Mexico and the US in 1847. And inside are their remains in urns. Underneath the main statue, lies the remains of Colonel Felipe Santiago Xicoténcatl.

Further in the distance, I saw the monument Estela de Luz.  This monument commemorates the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the Bi-centennial of Mexican Independence.

Then, I walked past the monument.

Altar in the Chapultepec Park Mexico City

Altar A la Patria, Chapultepec Park Mexico City

Torre (Tower)

In 2014, I stood on the terrace of Chapultepec Castle and looked down at Paseo de la Reforma. And, I saw the finished tall towers and those under construction.

On the left, I saw Torre Mayor and Torre Reforma. In front of Torre Mayor, I saw boarding-up, which could be the start of Chapultepec Uno.

And, on the right, I saw BBVA Torre. I saw cranes on the towers reflecting that they are in construction mode.

Paseo de la Reforma view from Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma view from Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Capulet + Montague

When I attempted to solve which buildings on Paseo de la Reforma were chosen to have the family signs placed on them.

First, I noticed several monuments and roundabouts along Paseo de la Reforma. But, there’s no Jesus one.

The result!

It’s the green building on the left that made me aware. The Angel of Independence has been altered to appear in the scene.

The green building is the Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel. It has the Capulet sign on it.

Diagonally across the road is the Torre del Angel. And, it has the Montague sign standing on it.

Angel of Independence Mexico City

Angel of Independence

The National Museum of History

Museo Nacional de Historia

What Can You See Inside Chapultepec Castle?

Well, some things on display at Chapultepec Castle and the National Museum of History follow.

The Museum and history rooms

  • Large Painted Murals adorn the walls of Chapultepec Castle. They portray the history of Mexico.
    • Events leading to the Independence from Spain, 16 September 1815
    • Reform and Fall of the Empire
    • The Fusion of Two Cultures
    • Porfirian Feudalism
    • Mexican Revolution and its Story
    • 1917 Constitution
    • the Battle at Chapultepec Castle against American forces
  • Military uniforms, canons, guns
  • The Mexican Coat of Arms: A Mexican Eagle sits on a cactus eating a rattlesnake standing on a lake
  • The Mexican Flag
  • Period Dresses
  • Paintings including painting of the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral at Zocalo
  • Furniture

Chapultepec Castle and Architecture and The Imperial Residence

I saw the soaring turrets, grand balconies, staircases, walls, and towers of the castle.

Plus, I explored the gardens with fountains and statues, terraces, and balconies with views of the landscape and trees. And, I looked down at Paseo de la Reforma.

From the exterior, I could look into the doorways of the chambers in the Imperial Residence, like the Dining Room and the Living Room.

Tower, Chapultepec Castle Mexico City
Door in Tower, Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Chapultepec Castle and Architecture

  • Stair Cases
  • Balconies
  • Garden of Alcazar
  • Elevator
  • Stained Glass Windows
  • Tower
  • Terrace
  • Views of the surrounding area
Terrace, Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Terrace

Stained Glass Windows, Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Stained Glass Windows

Garden of Alcazar, Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

Garden of Alcazar

The Imperial Residence

  • Bedrooms
  • Living Room
  • Sitting Room
  • Portrait of Carlota of Mexico
  • Portrait of Maximilian I of Mexico
  • Carriage Room
  • Dining Room
  • Tea Room
  • Bathroom

Chapultepec Castle Mexico City Details

When is Chapultepec Castle Mexico City Open?

It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.

The museum is not open on Mondays.

What’s the Best Way to See Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City?

The best way to see Chapultepec Castle is with a guided tour.

We booked a guided tour for the two of us. It included the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. (open Tuesdays to Sundays 9 am to 7 pm. Closed Mondays.)

And, we stopped at a place for lunch.

We walked between the castle, the museum, and the lunch stop back to the tram.

Mexico City Food
Mexico City Food
Mexico City Drink

What Attractions Are Near Chapultepec Castle?

  • National Museum of Anthropology - Nacional Museo de Antropologia
  • The Chapultepec Zoo - El Zoológico de Chapultepec
  • Museum of Modern Art – Museo de Arte Moderno
  • A Market

How to Get to Chapultepec Castle Mexico City?

At the bottom of the hill, I found the ticket gates. I saw lockers to store bags.

Then, I could walk up the hill to the castle and its gardens.

Inside, the castle it houses the museum. And, I could walk around the building.

On a balcony, I could imagine Juliet standing there. And, I could imagine down below, Romeo listens to Juliet speak.

I stayed at a hotel along Paseo de la Reforma. And, I caught the tram that goes to and through Chapultepec Park.

Where is Chapultepec Castle?

Chapultepec Castle is located on a hill in Chapultepec Park, Bosque de Chapultepec. It's in the Miguel Hidalgo borough of Mexico City.

You can find the location of Chapultepec Castle on the map.

Find Things to do in Mexico City in my posts

You can find other things to do in Mexico City by reading my posts:

Experience the Day of the Dead at a cemetery in Mexico City, in churches, and at a cemetery in another town in Mexico City.

Immerse yourself at night in Mixquic at the church cemetery on the Day of the Dead.

Go on a walking tour of the Historic Centre in Mexico Center to see if you recognize the opening scenes from Spectre.

You can find things to do in Mexico City.

Make a day trip from Mexico City to Teotihuacán, and see the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon.

You can find activities to do and get into the Christmas Spirit in Mexico City

Romeo + Juliet

Did you study one of Shakespeare’s plays at school? Macbeth was the one that I did.

Which one did you study? Have you read Romeo + Juliet? Leave a Comment!

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42 Comments

  1. Reading this, I felt like I was right there with you looking at what you were describing! So well written. Each time I read your posts about Mexico City, it urges me to plan a trip! That food looks so authentic and amazing too!

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    • Thank you Lee Anne. Hope you get to visit Mexico City and Chapultepec Castle.

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  2. I have never really thought about a trip to Mexico City, but your post is so beautiful that I really want to go now! We studied Romeo & Juliet in school, I have not read Shakespeare since then.

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    • Thank you Cathy. Hope you get to see the Romeo + Juliet movie with Chapultepec Castle in it.

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  3. Love all your pictures and awesome tidbits of history! I need to go to Mexico City!

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    • Thank you Alexis. If you go, visit Chapultepec Castle, too.

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  4. I am totally intrigued by Mexico City because of your articles. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    • Your welcome Tricia. Hope you get to see Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.

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  5. This looks like such an amazing place to visit!

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    • Thank you Lisa.

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    • Beautiful architecture! Do much old history, just stunning.

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      • Thank you Elaina There’s many old buildings, there.

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  6. Strange to think Romeo & Juliet was filmed in Mexico, but I can see why. What a beautiful city.

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    • Yes. Chapultepec Castle suits the setting for Romeo + Juliet in Mexico City.

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  7. That’s so cool that this was the setting for Romeo and Juliet! Chapultepec Castle sound like a must see in Mexico City. It will be nice when things open up again for experiences like this!

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    • Thank you Kendra. Romeo + Juliet at Chapultepec Castle suited. Hope you get to visit Mexico City.

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  8. Wow! So beautiful – I would absolutely love to visit someday.

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    • Thank You Pam. Hope you get to visit Chapultepec Castle & Mexico City.

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  9. Super cool to learn about and see!

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    • Thank you Barbara

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  10. I would like to visit the National Museum of History. Especially since it is in a castle. Very cool.

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    • Thank you Missy. Hope you get to visit Chapultepec Castle and the museum

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  11. How fun to explore the castle and make the connections between the site and the Romeo and Juliet movie. I love Baz Luhrmann’s films!

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    • Thank you Cindy. That’s cool, you’ve seen his Romeo + Juliet.

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  12. I studied Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet. This castle looks amazing. I have never thought to go to Mexico City. It looks lovely.

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    • Wow, so many Shakespeare, Heather. The Hollow Crown adaption is on here. Thank you, hope you get to see the castle and Mexico City.

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  13. You intrigue me with your descriptions of Mexico City!

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    • Thank you Barbara

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  14. I didn’t know there were any settings in Mexico for a version of Romeo and Juliette! I loved reading that play in high school.

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    • Hope you get to see Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo + Juliet, Justine.

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  15. So cool! I had no idea Mexico City was used in Romeo and Juliet!

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    • Thank you Megan. Hope you get to see the film.

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  16. I love stained glass so I would check that out first and then probably want to find some of that yummy looking food.

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    • Thank you Angela. There’s a long corridor of stained glass windows, that we missed. So, make sure that you get to see them too.

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  17. What a beautiful place!

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    • Thank you Stephanie

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  18. I’ll have to visit it next time I’m in Mexico City!

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    • Yes, hope you do, Ashley.

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  19. Chapultepec Castle and Mexico City sound so full of history, intrigue, and fun! I hope to visit someday!

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    • Hope you get to visit KK

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  20. Love your photos and all the information you provided. Have only been to Mexico once, and I didn’t really get out to do much exploring.

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    • Thank you Marianne. You’re welcome.

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