Right on top of the hill in the heart of the Chapultepec forest there is a magnificent building that was once the home of the youngest of the Austrian imperial family, Maximiliano of Hapsburg.
Every day, except on Mondays, a walk through the park can easily lead to the entrance where the history lesson begins. If your visit is on a work day, you may be joining large groups of elementary school students.
The Chapultepec Castle is a huge mansion where I can experience the way the Mexican Emperor used to live. The bedrooms are open and even the original carriages are “parked” here. Its height turns this spot into an incredible Mexico City viewpoint. Also, it is sometimes used as a ballet stage.
The castle is home to the National History Museum, holding 9 amazing wall paintings that tell the story of the fusion of two cultures.
There are a lot of stories about this place, but I have two favorites:
1. It’s said that during the American-Mexican war, one young cadet threw himself to the ground in order to stop the Americans from capturing the Mexican flag.
2.- Carlota I was a very jealous woman, so she ordered her balcony to be built in a way that she could watch her husband go to his office from it and make sure he wasn’t taking any detours. Today, the terrace looks over Reforma Avenue.