Located on a hill that held sacred significance for the Aztecs is Chapultepec Castle, an impressive edifice completed in 1863. The castle, reputed to be the only royal castle in the Americas, has served many functions over the course of its history–royal and presidential residence, guest residence for dignitaries, military academy, observatory, and, most recently, museum– and as such, it holds many interesting tales.
The castle is referenced in the US Marines' "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (it's "the halls of Montezuma" featured in the song's opening line), and in modern times, it has served as a filming location for several movies, including Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio, so it has earned its spot in pop culture history, too.
Today, you can see the castle's interior in its current incarnation as the country's Museum of National History.
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City Run Uphill to the Castle
If you visit Mexico City and stay in the Chapultepec area (J.W. Marriott, Hyatt, Camino Real, Habitat, Presidente). Wake up early and run Reforma Avenue by the Zoo Fence and enter the last Gates across from the Anthropology Museum, then climb your way to the Gates of the Castle. That is about 2 miles. Enjoy the view and run back to the hotel for a hearty Mexican breakfast. Order huevos rancheros, you deserve it.