Chateau de Peyrepertuse
Chateau de Peyrepertuse
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9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Miles M
Dunsford, UK134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a big site, with quite a significant walk up to it. Once in the castle, there is lots to see, and the views are spectacular.

Well, set up, with plenty parking, toilets, and a shop. The driver feels very touristy, with lots of Road side restaurants.

Deafly worth getting there early to beat the crowds and the heat.

We visited us in the same day as Chateau de Queribus, and I think we preferred Queribus.
Written July 21, 2023
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pmmb8
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Spent a fab 1 1/2 hours here. Walk to the castle is not for those with mobility issues. Free roam around the ruins. Cooled off in the nearby gorge’s waterfalls as suggested in the guide leaflet.
Written July 30, 2020
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sandiablonde
Edgewood, NM684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Even better than Queribus ruin. Yes, the climb up is a little bit challenging but my wife with her heart condition was able to do it so it isn't all that difficult. Once again, the guide needs some work but other than that, it is a wonderful and impressive ruin to walk around and once again we had the place to ourselves, which makes it even better. The climb to the very top is a bit steep but it is worth it as the views from up there are very nice. It is a large ruin in several distinct pieces and its history is full of everything that makes a Medieval castle so neat.
Written November 18, 2022
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aldernodules
Coleraine, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Another great French castle with a lot of history. It's off the beaten track, but seems to be very popular nonetheless. Plenty of parking, but quite a long uneven walk from the entrance building to the first part of the castle - wear appropriate shoes. The castle covers an extensive site and there are several areas of buildings, in various states of repair. The views are second to none over surrounding mountains and valleys, as the castle buildings are perched really high up on cliffs. It can be windy at these heights, so take care with that and with the steepish and uneven slopes. An enjoyable visit. €7 for an adult - just over an hour to visit.
Written September 28, 2022
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fdkaplan
Seattle13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While Carcassonne for all its beauty might leave you feeling a bit like you just visited a theme park, Peyreperteuse will charm you with all its decadence and realism.

The castle is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere, on top of a little town called Duillac-sur-Peyreperteuse.

The castle is in ruins, although very well preserved for a military structure that became obsolete so many centuries ago.

The way the castle is built makes it seems to emerge from the mountain it sits on and gives it a grandiose stance. I fell in love with it immediately.

The views are breathtaking. The hike up is not that strenous if you take it easy, but it can be slippery in certain places (you won't tumble down a cliff or anything, but you still wouldn't want to bonk your head on a rock wall, right?). Comfortable walking shoes are a must - walking poles may make your hike a bit easier if you have weak knees or need additional support.

The castle is fairly high up, so it may get chilly - bring an extra layer.

I was there in summer, and they had some falconniers showing their mastery on different types of hunting birds (falcons, eagles and owls) - pretty neat.

The audio guides are a bit kitschy (the narrator impersonates an 19th century arqueologist in his quest of this misterious place), but they do pack some very insightful information without which you will fail to grasp some of the importance of the different areas in the castle. Definitely a must as well.

There are some ok restrooms at the base, but that's it, so consider whether you can go a couple hours without a "pit stop" before heading up.

Near the toilets, there is a platform that offers a great vantage point from where to suck in the views. Be ready to take many many great photos.

Somewhat nearby there is another castle (which I haven't visited yet) called Queribus, also offering dramatic views.

There is no really easy way to reach these castles other than by car. Yes, you can go on a tour or by taxi (very pricey), but I would recommend a car to enjoy the windy road with all its many beautiful little towns with wine cellars and lots of history.

From Carcassone, allow a good 6 hr round trip (2 to get there, 2 to visit and 2 to get back).

Adding to the first review, in the middle-ages they did have machinery, although it was certainly more rudimentary that today's - so while not diminishing the feat of building this fortress, what is more amazing to me is the strong determination and power struggles that fueled their construction.
Written November 7, 2008
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Caroline G
West Yorkshire40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were fortunate enough to visit during the annual medieval festival which added to the experience, but even without this, this is a stunning place to visit. The scale of the vertiginous location and the magnificent views can't be appreciated through photos or virtual tours. If you are driving there is a shuttle bus that takes you up to the lower reaches of the castle area, but be prepared for a steepish climb on a rough path to get to the top. We had a fantastic day here - the highlight of a 2 week holiday in the area - and the festival which included musicians, falconry and shows just topped it off. A must-see if you are visiting this area - I'd prioritise it over Carcassonne itself.
Written August 30, 2009
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Jaeles
Nottingham, UK217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having read the review by Oasisgirl80, I added Peyreperteuse to my itinerary and am very glad that I did.
Although not as historically significant as Montsegur, Peyreperteuse has a lot more to explore. It is also possible to drive up a lot closer to Peyreperteuse, making the climb from the car park much shorter and a lot easier going.
Although the audio guides are a bit long winded, they do contain a lot of information, making them more than worth the 2 Euros they cost to hire.
Written September 24, 2008
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Oasisgirl80
Cambridge, UK115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The ruins of this Cathar castle are built into the rock face - the mind boggles as to how they managed this in medieval times with no machinery etc.

Its a steep steep drive with lots of hairpin bends up to the foot of the chateau. If you feel really energetic and want to use a full day you can walk all the way up from the village below. We just parked in the car park at the top by the entrance and climbed the last bit which takes about 20 mins. Entrance fee is about 5 euros.

The castle is spectacular and the views even more so. Apart from a couple of roped off bits you can climb around and explore.

Trainers, or at the very least some sturdy sandals, are recommended.

This is really worth visiting, don't miss it.
Written September 11, 2008
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niels-j
Aarhus, Denmark343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Friends
The Cathar Castles in Southern France are a must see if you are in this area – and if time allows you to visit only one, the Château de Peyrepertuse southeast of Carcassonne is an excellent choice. The site includes not just one but two castles. Both are spectacularly situated right on the ridge, one a bit higher than the other one. From the village of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse you can drive your car almost to the top – and from the parking lot there is only a fifteen to twenty minutes hike to the entrance of the lower castle. The hike is quite easy – however, the rocks may be slippery when wet.
The view from the higher castle is magnificent and it is well worth the effort to continue the hike all the way to the top. It takes another fifteen minutes to complete the climb – and the hike from the lower to the higher castle is easier than the initial climb through the woods to the first entrance.
Our group consisted of persons in the age range from 65 to 76 – and we were all able to do this hike without any problems. It is well worth it. The Châteaux de Peyrepertuse are magnificent.
If you need a place to stay in the area, the Hostellerie du Vieux Moulin in Duilhac is recommended. It is excellent value and has great mountain views. The restaurant next door (Auberge de Moulin) was closed when we visited on a Friday in September – but the country restaurant La Batteuse in the village above the old mill has delicious inexpensive meals and very good local wine from the barrel.
Written September 23, 2013
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Robert J
Aurillac, France31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the most spectacular sites on earth - don't miss it if you're anywhere nearby. Several of the other Cathar castles are well worth a visit as well, but save Peyreperteuse for last.
Written December 16, 2009
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