Chateau de Montsegur
Chateau de Montsegur
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BillGibson1
New York City, NY312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Be aware that this is not an easy hike. There are portions that are steep, and lots of small loose rocks and stones, so easy to lose your footing. There are also great views as you are hiking, but if you're afraid of heights, I wouldn't recommend it. You can see the parking lot for most of the hike, and your car will be like a small speck.

I think it took me about 45 minutes of steady climbing to get to the top. Proper footwear is a must.

About halfway up, there is a small hut where you buy a ticket from a worker to continue. Funny that this hut isn't at the bottom, they make the poor guy hike halfway up every day.

The views from the top are great. The "castle" is really just 4 walls, so nothing to see. Once you get to the top, it's basically just rest for a few minutes, take a few pictures, then back down again.
Written 24 March 2024
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EdC1968
Liverpool, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Time stands still at this site where in 1244 up to 300 Cathars were burned at the base of the mountain - an option they chose rather than convert to Catholicism. The place still holds a haunting energy that has survived nearly 800 years.
The walk up looks worse than it is and if you pace yourself is well worth it and takes around 20 minutes. The views are stunning.
Written 16 July 2023
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kansasmad
Dublin, Ireland47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Fabulous Medieval Castle site, with a wealth of History with a Capital H. Quite a hike to the top but on a day of good weather and taking your time is not too onerous. Spectacular site and wonderful views
Written 18 February 2023
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3brussels-sprouts
Belgium13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Quite a climb but the views at the top are so worth it! You can hike up to the castle from the village down below, making the climb much longer. If you park your car in the new parking lot above the village, it takes about 45 minutes for the average person to get to the top.
Written 20 September 2022
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Lenn
Rotterdam, The Netherlands185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Amazing!

Me and the misses visited the castle in April and we had a great day,
The weather was stunning so the vieuws from the fort are even better.

This place is so silent now but in the past its history was horrible and dark.

Cathars burned at the stake etc.

The weather needs to be good though otherwise you can better not go as the road up to the fort is not a walk in the park.

Have fun!
Written 29 April 2022
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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The walk up from the parking lot takes about 30 mn. Up there, the views are incredible. Several times a day, there is a talk about the place, at no extra charge. The one we attended was absolutely outstanding, though would have been difficult to follow for anyone not perfectly at ease in French.
Written 5 September 2020
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99qwerty99
Arrowtown, New Zealand54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The walk up to the chateau can be done in as little as 30 minutes from the car park below and is well worth the effort. However, there is little information and I would suggest that anyone going there read my book "The Heretics' Revenge" available on Kindle as an Ebook. After several visits and extensive research, it is the most comprehensive story ever written about the Cathars at Montsegur and more particularly their hidden relic.
Montsegur saw 210 Cathars burnt alive as heretics as just a small, but highly significant, part of the genocide of the Cathars.
Written 7 March 2020
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Jacqui G
Berkshire, UK94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Parked at the lay-by on the top of the pass, beside this old Cathar Castle. It looks magnificent. I would really have liked to visit it properly and walk round the ruins, but the walk up to it is very steep, rocky and in places slippery. Having mobility issues, I was strongly advised not to attempt the walk.climb, but to study the guide books and let my imagination take me there!
Written 12 November 2019
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia2,033 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This Cathar castle was where the greatest massacre (burnings) of Cathars took place. The war was run by a real bum, Simon De Montfort, who was promised by the Pope the land of the Cathars if he eliminated them. His son of the same name has a career of his own later in the England fights for succession.
Anyway, I got to the castle and got some super shots because there was no one else on the road and I could just put my hazard lights on and stop.
When I looked at the height from the car park I must admit I thought no way Jose. The main problem was that the Cathar castle was not there anymore - what I could see was 17th century - way too late to interest me. And so I rationalised not climbing this one. 2 castle climbs in a day was enough for me.
Written 27 October 2019
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beaner1138
Middleton, WI66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
So many have described Chateau de Montsegur that little needs to be added. The climb is step and difficult in places during both wet and dry conditions. Many of the stones appear polished and are slippery even during dry conditions, so wear good hiking shoes and take it slowly (note: even at a slow pace you will reach the summit within 40 minutes).

Important note: if you have not studied Montsegur beforehand, I strongly encourage you to visit the museum in the village BEFORE hiking to the ruins. The museum will provide a great deal of information and depict Chateau de Montsegur when it was a village perched on the steep hillside, not merely the ruined main structure existing today. The admission price covers both the museum and the ruins.

It's a great destination with small lovely villages nearby. Enjoy!
Written 20 July 2019
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