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Chateau de Fontainebleau

Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300, Fontainebleau, France
+33 1 60 71 50 70
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This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled the old château during his stays there from 1807 to 1809.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300, Fontainebleau, France
+33 1 60 71 50 70
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I utilized the town of Fontainebleau as a base (Hotel L'Aigle Noir separately reviewed) to tour several chateaux we had not visited during a previous Loire Valley vacation, including Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maintenon, and Rambouillet. Our first day called for a visit...More

1  Thank petergoode2
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The main reason to come to Fontainebleau. The historic chateau is beautiful and you get continually amazed by the history of the place! The gardens and park are also lovely and not to be missed. Entrance to the chateau itself has a fee but is...More

1  Thank Kevin E
Reviewed 6 days ago

If I were to be asked which Palace is more worth visiting - Versailles or Fontainebleau, I would say Fontainebleau. Yes, Versailles is bigger and more well known, but that is exactly the problem - you get horrible crowds in there. In Fontainebleau we were...More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited this chateau in January. Tourism is almost non-existent in January so as a result we practically had the palace to ourselves. We were able to wander the glorious rooms and grounds without crowds. The interiors,furnishings and architecture are equal to Versailles. In addition,...More

Thank BeauxMondesDesigns
Reviewed 6 days ago

Historical chateaux that once housed Napolean , Marie Antoinette and other notables. Easy and informative self-guided tour format allows for time flexibility. Not rushing took us 1.5-2 hrs. There are also gardens that can be toured.

Thank PattyVW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dark rooms made it difficult to see the detail - but still worth a visit. If it is a choice between Fontainebleau or Versailles, Versailles wins my vote.

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited Versailles during a previous trip so we opted for Fontainebleau this time. We left Paris after noontime and it was an easy travel from Gare de Lyon. Bus #1 to/from the chateau was also easy to find. We first got on the...More

Thank RezC_12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Getting here is an easy train ride and bus ride from Paris. The bus #1 is frequent and the chateau stop is clearly marked. If unsure, there is also a very helpful tourism info at the bus /train station area. The chateau itself is very...More

Thank Charlotte K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Le chateau de Fontainebleau is a very big castle at about 75 kilometers from Paris. It is the home of emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife. He lived there, ruled France with his ministers and was also abducted there. The grand salons and chapel are...More

Thank Leo V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go later in the day as it seems quieter. There is some work being done so some of the Chateau wasn't open but still we spent a good 2 hours wondering around. Well worth a visit.

Thank Allyson S
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17 August 2017|
Response from Paulyne17 | Reviewed this property |
You may but visiting is difficult when there is a crowd even on foot I suggest you communicate before visiting to make sure it will be plesant . There were renovating in june so not easy and it is a long visit See the... More
29 June 2017|
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Response from odenplanstockholm | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know. There is a contact email and telephone number on the website for an accurate answer. As I remember the apartments and the Napoleon I museum were separate entities.
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12 February 2017|
Response from Adrienne T | Reviewed this property |
There are a few cafés and restaurants in the little town next to the Château. They were open in December when I was there - I assume they're open year-round.