Belvedere Castle

Envisioned by Central Park co-designer Calvert Vaux in 1869, this miniature castle offers sweeping views of the Park and its surrounding cityscape.

Situated atop Vista Rock, Belvedere Castle offers sweeping views of the Park—the Great Lawn to the north and the Ramble to the south—and its surrounding cityscape. It also houses one of the Park's visitor centers and a gift shop.

The Conservancy's team of architects and historians restored the Belvedere back to its original glory after years of neglect.

Fittingly, “belvedere” means “beautiful view” in Italian; originally built without doors or windows, Belvedere Castle was intended as a viewing platform. While the outdoor pavilion is a popular lookout spot, the best views are found two stories up on the terrace, reachable by winding a stone staircase (a kid favorite!).

Since 1919, the National Weather Service has also collected meteorological data like temperature, wind, and rainfall from the Castle.

Explore the Castle yourself with the Belvedere Audio Guide.