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Chateau Ducal, Caen

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One of the largest medieval fortresses of Western Europe, Chateau Ducal was built in 1060 by William the Conqueror, who successfully conquered England in 1066. Along with all of Normandy, it was handed over to the French Crown in 1204. The castle saw several engagements during the Hundred Years' War and was in use as a barracks as late as World War II. Bullet holes are visible on the walls of the castle where members of the French Resistance were shot. Take a look at our Caen trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Chateau Ducal and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This will no doubt used to be an impressive place. The remains give an idea of yesteryear, but questions still, best get some imagination. It is a beautiful oasis of calm in Caen but as far as we are concerned, no "incontournable" ...
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  • To do if you are in town because it is located in the Center. It promises surprises from the outside but quite disappointing when it comes... There is not much. The city view is beautiful especially at sunset of the Sun. Access is free.
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  • As soon as the sun comes out the castle is surrounded by people. I was surprised by the fact that it is free to enter the Court to enjoy the panorama. There are museums for those interested inside. Really nice
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  • This medieval castle built under Guillaume the Conqueror is a superb example of castles of this time.
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