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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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  • Great remains, but it lacks a little something to make the excellent visit. Negative: it feels a little delivered to oneself, without explanation, and the castle is really highlighted into a positive: access is free, the view of the city is rather nice, and exposure on the very interesting Franco-British wars.
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  • A visit with a guide. We had ANNE SOPHIE Super moment d history a real book thank you and congratulations for your commitment to the history of Normandy. The vendéens.
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  • A large fortress that dominates the city centre of Caen, quite impressive and from whose walls you can enjoy a beautiful view. Beyond that, actually has much more to offer the visitor but, taking account of open access, we recommend you to give you a look.
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  • Good views from the walls, information office closes for lunch. Has a small playground on the grounds.
  • Beautiful park with museums, plenty of green space and great views of Caen.
  • Interesting to see the castle. It contains 3 musea, but we didn't find where to go for a guided tour of the castle.
  • Beautiful place.
  • The view from the castle to the city of Caen and its bell towers is very nice inside the Museum of fine arts who has a very nice architecture and which houses a collection of very important painting. There are also the Museum of Normandy, very interesting too, the chapel of St. George, the coffee Mandel, the garden of the simple, in short there is plenty to do.
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