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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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Well maintained medieval castle in a picturesque setting

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 8 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 16 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 11 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.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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 28 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

An amazing castle, thankfully forgotten by the crowds, and the buses full of groups. Get there in a cloudy misty day of fall, and enjoy the true magic of the place. It is more romantic, even more impressive than Versailles. The kids will love it all. The adults will be stunned. It is an absolutely gorgeous place to go, so... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Driving into the little town of Pierrefonds really made me smile. It is just a perfect example of a pretty little piece of France - and I'm really hard to please. There are a few places to eat; we chose the Kiosque by the lake, which was simple and good with excellent service. The walk up to the chateau through... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My 10-year-old son and I visited Pierrefonds. The little town is delightful and a must for a bite of lunch. We walked up to the chateau and were pleasantly surprised at how dramatic and interesting it was. We spend a couple of hours walking around and soaking up the atmoshpere and were thoroughly entranced. Children get in free and my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This castle was like something out of a fairy tale! The town around it was really nice too. Would love to go back and spend more time there. They had a great little outdoor market where I picked up some locally made products, as well as nice coffee shops and cafes. Before leaving we grabbed a baguette sandwich and some... More 

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