Museo El Castillo is a mansion near Medellín’s El Poblado area. It was built in the 1930s by a rich Colombian doctor who was trained in France and fell in love with the castles of the country. Unfortunately, he died less than a year into construction. His widow finished the building in his honor, which took 11 years to complete. It was then sold in 1943 to Colombian businessman Diego Echevarría and his German wife, Benedikta Zur Nieden, who lived there until 1971.
Museo El Castillo
El Castillo was converted into a private museum in 1972. It contains the original furnishings and art collected by the family that lived there. Admission is COP$12,000 per person. A guided tour of the house is required and no photos are allowed inside, but you can take them from the terraces.
The tour takes about an hour to complete, and the guide does a fantastic job of explaining just about every piece of art and about the lives of the people who lived in the mansion. It’s full of priceless artwork and porcelain statues as well as books and rare furniture.
Stepping onto the grounds of the mansion, you immediately feel as if you’ve been transported to Europe. The perfectly manicured gardens and fountains make for a perfect getaway from the bustling city outside.
A few people brought their own picnic baskets and were passing the time away on the grass for a romantic afternoon. Preparations for a wedding were also underway, as the mansion is also an important venue for special events.
A sign leads you to a small building on the grounds that calls itself a transportation museum. There’s not much in there except for some offices and several license plates from around Colombia and the USA.
You can take a taxi for about COP$7,000 from El Poblado. If you’re driving, parking is COP$5,000 (as of July 2017).