Alameda Central

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Alameda Central showing a park

In Mexico City’s historical center, this beautiful park is a great spot to bring the family for a moment of relaxation between sightseeing excursions.

Alameda Central is a very old park that takes its name from the alamos or poplar trees that were planted here to provide a green recreation space for Mexico City residents. Walk along the paths, now lined with ash and willows, to appreciate this calm haven in the heart of the city.

Journey back to the 1500s, when Viceroy Luis de Velasco had the foresight to create a place for recreation and quiet reflection under shade trees. Despite this plan, over the centuries, the park had several alternate uses before returning to its original purpose. After Velasco’s leadership, the large green space became a grazing area for neighborhood horses. Walls were erected to enclose the park. During the time of the Inquisition, enemies of the regime were condemned to death in the park’s San Diego Plaza.

In the 1700s, Philip V ordered construction of several fountains and other changes inspired by the gardens of Versailles. Viceroy Carlos Francisco de la Croix extended the park from a square to a larger rectangle. Take a romantic stroll through the Alameda Central today with your loved one as the amorous youth of the time did accompanied by supervising parents.

Carlota Amalia brought a Belgian influence when she became empress of Mexico. See the rose gardens she created and the Mathurin Moreau sculpted fountain, Venus Led by Zephyrs, which she donated. Soon after this time, the walls were removed and lights were added to reduce the potential for crime in the park.

Once the Alameda Central again became a popular spot for city residents to visit, Porfirio Díaz constructed the Palace of Fine Arts and the Hemicycle to Juárez within the park’s limits. He brought back Sunday music recitals that had been established by Viceroy Bucareli. Time your visit to the Alameda to enjoy this ongoing custom.

Within Mexico City, the Alameda Central is one of the best spots to relax and enjoy meeting local residents from across all parts of society. Use the metro to reach the park in the city’s historical center via the Hidalgo, Juarez or Bellas Artes stops.

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Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,295 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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Barceló México Reforma
Barceló México Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
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The price is NT$1,996 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,940 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
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Hotel Marlowe Centro Histórico
Hotel Marlowe Centro Histórico
3 out of 5
Av. Independencia No. 17 Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,275 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
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Barceló México Reforma
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is NT$1,996 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,940 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
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Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,295 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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Hilton Mexico City Reforma
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Juarez 70 Colonia Centro, Mexico City
The price is NT$2,800 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 9
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Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
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The price is NT$3,159 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
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4.5 out of 5
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Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
3.5 out of 5
Av. Juarez 76, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,805 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
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Histórico Central Mexico City
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4 out of 5
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The price is NT$2,635 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
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