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Chateau de Pierrefonds

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Address: rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
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+33 3 44 42 72 72

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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Superb restored chateau

Driving from the eastern edge of Paris the sat nav sent us through some delightful villages although most of the terrain was incredibly flat and open. Part of it was the site of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Driving from the eastern edge of Paris the sat nav sent us through some delightful villages although most of the terrain was incredibly flat and open. Part of it was the site of fighting in WW1 and we saw lots of memorials to the war dead. We drove past some beautiful small chateaux and it is quite remarkable how rural... More 

Thank MarcusHurley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite a amazing place lively little town with a massive castle parking was very good in the town a walk around just over 35 minutes but I walk quick Avery good place inside from the dungeon area with stone craved grave stones the living quarters reconstructed to the museum of film some very early pictures and also horror effects

Thank Malcolm G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This imposant castle is really worth visiting. Take a guided tour and hear all about the history and famous persons who have lived here in past times. The castle has been rebuild in the 18th century and is still well preserved. Surrounded by a beautiful surrounding and tipical French town. Just pay a visit you won't regret it.

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Batavia, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only reason why we made the trip to the Chateau because my daughter insisted we have to visit it. Because the TV series "Merlin" was shot at this castle. Well...I tell you what, we were impress!! Getting there were an adventure on its own especially when you don't speak any French but everyone tried to help. Definitely check for... More 

Thank IRosstrvl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Imposing structure in stone with remparts omnipresent all over. 2 catapults have been installed in the park. There is a boutique where Merlin's miniatures are sold, besides other souvenirs.

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Buren, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Chateau de Pierrefonds looks as impressive as the day it was completed. Which completion day is a question. It was an imposing keep from the 14th century. By 1813 it was reduced to a picturesque ruin. Napoleon III commissioned architect Violet-Le-Duc to do some restoration. In 1884 the castle was reborn as a museum of fortification. The exterior was remodelled... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This stunning and imposing 13th-14th century castle is one of the highlights of the region. The current interior dates to the era of Louis Napoleon in the late 19th century, and his architects' attempt to create a medieval looking interior. It lacks furniture but retains a lot of charm. Very much worth the price of entry, which was 9 euro.

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

The link with Merlin sets up great interest but this chateau, with its friendly staff and extensive layout, is impressive in its own right. The photo opps are plentiful. The guide book's good. The shop's interesting. We spent 3 hours inside and around the grounds.

Thank nichollsfamily4
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I never got the opportunity to actually go into the castle, we visited the small market on the Friday morning while staying in a local town. When you arrive in the village the first thing that comes in to sight is the gorgeous castle which is just breath taking, completely unspoilt!! If your under the age on 26 & live... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Britain should be ashamed of themselves! Free parking at this quaint French village and 7 euros entry to one of the most beautiful castles I have ever seen. Don't miss a trip here if you're in the area.

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