Campanopolis Medieval Village
Less than an hour from Buenos Aires, Campanopolis Medieval Village is one of Argentina’s quirkiest open-air museums. Eclectic buildings, castle-like towers, and cobbled lanes transport you to medieval times and make for unique photo opportunities.
Explore Campanopolis Medieval Village on a tour that leads you through the village and gardens, and gives you chance to admire its unusual buildings and landmarks. Highlights include a medieval-style church, a Dutch-style windmill, a Colonial House, and an Iron Museum made from pieces of a former railroad. There’s also an Endless Bridge that leads onto a lake and a small museum devoted to the designer, Antonio Campana.
Things to Know Before You Go
Campanopolis is an ideal attraction for those looking to get off-the-beaten-track in Buenos Aires—there is nothing else like it in the city.
Tours are conducted in Spanish only, though most guides can speak some English too.
Though there’s a small café onsite, you can bring your own picnic to enjoy in the grounds.
The cobblestones and medieval-style buildings limit access for travelers using wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Campanopolis is located close to Ezeiza International Airport, around 22 miles (35 kilometers) or a 45-minute drive from downtown Buenos Aires. There’s no public transport directly to the park, so the best way to arrive is by taxi or on a tour that includes transfers.
When to Get There
Campanopolis is only open on Saturdays from 9am-1pm, when advance booking is essential. Tours last around 1.5 hours, after which you can stay until closing. The village is located among 494 acres (200 hectares) of grounds, so wear comfortable shoes and leave yourself plenty of time to explore independently after your tour.
Quirky Museums in Buenos Aires
Campanopolis might just take the prize for Argentina’s most unusual attraction, but it has some stiff competition. Other quirky museums include the MuHu (Museo del Humor), which is dedicated to Argentine comics, and the Criollo Museum of Los Corales, which immerses you in gaucho traditions. Alternatively, head to Puerto Madero to hop aboard the ARA Uruguay and ARA Sarmiento museum ships; discover the wild creations of Argentine artist Xul Solar at the Xul Solar Museum; or peek inside an old prison at the Antonio Ballvé Penitentiary Museum.