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

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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

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FAQs

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.

For the location of Chapultepec Castle on the map click here.

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