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Château Comtal, Carcassonne

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Immortalized in films such as "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves," Château Comtal is a medieval castle inside Carcassonne. This is the largest European city with intact fortified walls. This Cathar Castle dates back to the Crusades and is widely considered one of the best representations of a classic medieval castle. Take a look at our Carcassonne itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Château Comtal and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Inside the thick walls of the medieval city of Carcassonne, another building adjacent to the bulwark is second fortress last protective rampart of the city. It's the Castle count, erected in the 12th century under the dynasty of the powerful Trencavel. We need the extraordinary authenticity of this castle to the restoration efforts begun by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th, which continued for about 50 years. The result is known as the castle is classified, like the rest of the city, to the world heritage by Unesco. Required when visiting the city, it's an integral part of the visit, get there early before the influx of visitors, otherwise the tail for entry is long, the framework and the views are magnificent. You can opt for the audio-guide, for more freedom.
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  • During the winter months the Chateau is free on the first Sunday of the month so we decided to explore it. This is not a quick in and out visit as you will be climbing stairs and walking along the wal...  more »
  • During a visit to Carcassonne, must make the visit of the Castle and the walls (same ticket). The visit takes at least 1 h 30, there are very well-made explanatory panels. There are also tours that are untested. The audioguide was not bring much more than the panels.
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  • It was inspiring to learn all war strategies and how they lives in there. Love the storytelling of the castle.
  • Interesting, lots to see. Hard to pick renovations from original features. Worth a visit.
  • Very cool to walk through the old keep. The restoration is impressive. After the keep, you can then walk around about half of the ramparts.
  • Truly amazing! You can imagine a dragon sitting on top of the tower!
  • Interesting place with excellent views from the ramparts and a shop with some good books on the Cathars, and quality gifts.