Castillo de Burgos
Castillo de Burgos
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VitoriaFood
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain118 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Unfortunately it was closed for restoration works but well worth a trip up the hill as the views over the city are spectacular.
Written 19 March 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
A fortification has existed here since the days of the Roman Empire, although it’s believed a castle proper existed since the Medieval period. There is so much history connected to this castle. It stood during the Moorish conquest and the Reconquista. It served as a royal castle for the kings of Castile and prison for the enemies of the Castillian monarch. Sadly, it did not survive the French occupation when it was blown up by the French army as it evacuated the castle and city near the conclusion of the Peninsular War.

The French did such a thorough job of destroying the castle, it is little more than a ruin now. Still, I love history and enjoyed the hike up to the castle for both the view and to learn about the history.
Written 29 December 2022
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX5,120 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Easy 10 minute walk up from the cathedral — paved incline, a bit steep briefly after a bit, then about 75 steps, then more incline, still paved. No rush if you need a break. Lookout point is great — can see for a long way.

Reached the entrance of the castle at 4:30. I didn’t expect to get in, as the castle closed at 4:40. But, as the guard opened the gate to let people out I asked if I could take one photo (outside the gate, before he closed it again). Nope! What a crappy fellow, that needs a talking to from the local tourist folks. This guy obviously missed the message that Christmas teaches us all ...

Photo taken through the gate and a few more outside ...
Written 27 December 2019
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PeterGarrett78
Driffield, UK1,856 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Business
The site itself is still filled with military earth works and field fortifications, quite often you can be walking beside a ‘mound’ of earth and think that it’s a natural feature. In fact these are defences built up by the French military around 1805-1809 during the Peninsular war. The Duke of Wellington tried unsuccessfully to siege the castle making a few attempts all ending in failure.

The castle that sits on the site now is a fake built around the 1980’s for tourists but it does sit on the site of the original castle of the time, there are still some original stone works to be seen and the field fortifications are original; now covered in trees they would have been devoid of any vegetation at the time.

The views out over the city of Burgos are decent, there is a seasonal cafe and loos on the site with plenty of information boards too.

Despite the current castle being a fake the site is well worth a visit for the amount of genuine and authentic information you will get from it. It’s also a decent walk around the site too. It’s one of the only places in Europe where you can see the remains of a genuine breach of a castles walls as the French failed to fill one of the breaches in.

Standing at the bottom you can only imagine how devastating it would have been for Wellington’s men to attempt to advance into the castle whilst under murderous fire and constant attack.
Written 13 November 2019
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Samuel P
Birmingham, UK267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The castle is much of a ruin but with plenty of interpretation boards in three languages, including English. You will learn a lot about the history and get some great views over the surrounding area as you walk the walls.
Under cover are the oldest parts of the ruins.
What I did not know was that the castle figured in the Napoleonic wars, with Wellington being thwarted at the gates. A memorial to all the regiments that took part in the siege is outside the gate.
Free to enter but no toilets or guide book.
Written 16 October 2019
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Temper43 - Alfredo
Panama City, Panama1,294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Its in ruins for a logical reason, it is ancient and is where the town started, but it is worth making the visit to the underground part of it, entrance is free and the guide was very good, all his explanations were very clear, and apart from a nice view from the hill where the castle is located, understanding the engineering feat of the underground source of water is amazing.
Written 6 October 2019
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dsam3
Athens, Greece386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
We actually didn't go inside because we didn't have enough time. It's definitely worth it to walk up there anyway!
Written 15 September 2019
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L C
Bath, UK1,385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Long steep climb from town to this mostly ruined Castle, but effort has been made to provide good level walkways in the castle around the outside ramparts with steps that afford spectacular views of Burgos and the surrounding countryside. The tour of the Tunnels is not to be missed, not only to you get a good history of the Castle by the guide (in English and Spanish) you also get to see tunnels that run under the Castle and information of what they were used for....all for free!!!
Written 29 August 2019
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Andre L
Kuwait City, Kuwait2,541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Castle of Burgos was a castle and alcázar, located in the city of Burgos,[1] in the hill of San Miguel to 75 m above the city and to 981 meters above the sea. This hill was the subject of archaeological surveys by General Centeno in the years 1925 and 1926 trying to find Napoleonic military files from when the French in their retreat blew up the fortress. According to the results obtained in this excavation the origin of the castle dates to the Visigoths, and its oldest parts, to the Romans.

The castle grew over the centuries, becoming a major fortification and residence of the kings of Castile. Following the accession of the Habsburg family the castle lost its importance as a royal residence, and during the French occupation, on June 15, 1813, the French army decided to leave the Castle of Burgos, and they destroyed it with explosives. The explosion resulted in the almost total destruction of all the castle grounds. The castle remains in ruins.
In the mid-1980s a complex archaeological study was conducted in which it was established that the signs of oldest human populations both in the hills del Depósito, de San Miguel and del Castillo, form an ensembles of the first order. Within the hill of the castle was located the oldest town on record in the city of Burgos dated around 2000 B.C.
Written 8 August 2019
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lswanson2014
New York City, NY10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
There was not much to see at the Castle but the view from the top was amazing as well as walking back down to town. Highly recommend the walk.
Written 7 August 2019
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