Belvedere Castle, the fairytale castle in Central Park

Belvedere Castle, the fairytale castle in Central Park

Belvedere Castle,New York

Belvedere Castle, the fairytale castle in Central Park

Belvedere Castle is an authentic enchanted castle, a small fortress with a Gothic and Romanesque architectural style that stands on top of one of the highest hills in Central Park, the largest and most famous urban park in New York. Built and designed by architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 1800s, the castle is now regarded as one of the most important and awe-inspiring places to enjoy the park's central scenery. Thanks to its strategic position, from the tower and the granite terraces of the castle, in addition to taking extremely beautiful panoramic photos, it is to admire the numerous species of birds that inhabit the park, a much-loved destination for all birdwatching enthusiasts.

Belvedere Castle is a small building built for tourism. After hosting the headquarters of the New York weather station, then decommissioned in the 1960s, the castle was abandoned and left in complete decay. In 1983, it was restored and turned into a visitor center by the Central Park Conservancy. But it was only after a last and substantial renovation in 2019 that the castle finally returned to its former glory.

Today the castle, in addition to the extraordinary panoramic view of the park, still has some wind measuring instruments, including binoculars, telescopes and old maps. Furthermore, through the various activities that are often promoted free of charge by the park, it is possible to take part in events dedicated to the observation of the stars and in interesting meetings on astronomy. Admission is free and for all further information, please visit the official website: Belvedere Castle.

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