This autumn, children are in for a special treat at the Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest’s beautiful City Park. More than 1,000 square meters in two large halls will become a mythical land for children to explore. It will also be a sort of a quest for the children, who will be asked to free 16 magical creatures at the 16 stations they encounter during their adventure. Along the way, participants will learn about spells, the history of the beings they encounter, and the stories they first appeared in; the 16 puzzles they must solve include logic, memory development, and sensory games. A reward awaits all who complete the quest.
Budapest’s Vajdahunyad Castle is today over 120 years old, and has withstood damages suffered both due to time and two World Wars.
Built in 1896 as part of the Millennial festivities celebrating Hungary’s cultural and economic achievements, the castle was meant to showcase Hungary’s most important sector – agriculture. The country then controlled the Carpathian Basin and stood as one of Europe’s great cities. The festivities lasted for months.
Today, the castle in Budapest’s beautiful City Park features 40 permanent exhibits and numerous temporary ones, taking visitors through Hungary’s history in agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing, viticulture, domestication, local flora, and horse breeding. The Museum and Library of Hungarian Agriculture is in fact home to the largest collection of agricultural objects.
Aside from guided tours for the many tourists who come to admire the building and its exhibits, there are opportunities for university students to work at the museum and learning programs for younger students as well.