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Chateau de Pierrefonds

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Address: rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
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Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was...

Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century to transform it into an imperial residence for Napoleon III. The chateaux often seems to have been specially built for a swashbuckling film with its richly varied painted and sculpted decors, its defensive system and drawbridge, walkways and drop-boxes, not to forget the two reconstructions of medieval siege engines. Open: > 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays from 5th September to 30th April. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups.

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Stunningly beautiful place

Well worth the €8 entry and under 26's get in for free with I.D. There is SO much to look at and appreciate and unlike in the UK, there aren't guides to tell you where to look... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well worth the €8 entry and under 26's get in for free with I.D. There is SO much to look at and appreciate and unlike in the UK, there aren't guides to tell you where to look and what to do. You get a pamphlet in your preferred language as a guide and are pointed in a general direction of... More 

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Wilnis
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Chateau de Pierrefonds looks very much like a medieval castle. It has high towers, tick walls and beautiful decorated rooms. We spend about 90 minutes wandering inside the castle. Also the catacombs below the castle are a surprise to see and visit.

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Thank Ruudw
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We travelled here from Coucy de Chateau, the ruins of an authentic medieval fortress. Pierrefonds is not, as a reviewer below asserts, a 13-14th century castle. It was built by Violet le Duc for Napoleon III in the 19th century as a medieval getaway. Nonetheless, it is well conceived and lovely in its detail, and appears to have been an... More 

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our 9 year old found the chateau fascinating- especially the tombs in the basement. Airy and roomy kids can negotiate their way round without any over zealous assistants looking disapprovingly. Think it was €16 for a family of 3 and well worth it. Stunning views from the turrets.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this Chateau both for his history & the fact that the Merlin TV series was filmed there although there is no mention of this. The visit took an hour and was very enjoyable

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is very well reconstructed, it gives you a sense of the original conditions. The history behind it is also nice, I could recommend this place to be visited by people who enjoy nature, history and the medieval times.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I've lived in the Paris area for over 16 years now and never heard of this gem. Napoleon III had his architect restore this dismantled medieval fortress (carte blanche I was told) and he did so in an almost Disney-like manner. Fabulously redone, with Donjons, towers, drawbridges, moats, enchanted forests around... many films have been made here (both British and... More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

This example is a stereotypical fairy tale castle your children will love. There are no let downs. Classic drawbridge and a spooky crypt. Lots of winding stairs, suits of armour and commodes with 90ft drops! This burns at least 2 hours with ice cream alongside the lake afterwards. Put this one on your itinerary.

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful.......beautifully restored castle. We took our 13 and 9 year old boys. They loved it and were able to run around the woods and castle. The castle itself is amazing and has a detailed description of restoration as well as some beautiful great rooms to view. This isn't like Chateau Chenonceau in the Loire.....with rooms filled with priceless paintings and... More 

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Bruton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Interesting g roads to this place but what a wonderful visit. The chateau is amazing with lots to see and to learn about the history of the place. The staff in the gift shop were quiet and not too friendly, but the rest of the staff were nice and helpful. Well worth a visit- great place and really takes some... More 

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