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Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne

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Home to the Inquisition Tower, Cité de Carcassonne served as a headquarters for the Catholic Inquisition. It is one of the best examples of medieval fortified architecture in Europe. Here, you'll find the Musée de la Torture, which documents some of the original torture equipment used in the Inquisition. The outer fortifications of the castle and ramparts include two concentric walls with towers and barbicans to resist attacks by large siege engines. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress, complete with a drawbridge and ditch leading to the central keep. To visit Cité de Carcassonne and get the most from your holiday in Carcassonne, create itinerary details personal to you using our Carcassonne vacation route planner.
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  • Went on a holiday weekend, big mistake, place over crowded and full of shops selling cheap goods at expensive prices. Restaurant prices were reasonable though. Will not go again.  more »
  • Just a great experience. Yes maybe lots of tourist shops but to be there. To walk the ramparts, look at the amazing views and the history. Not overly busy or expensive. Fab couple of days x  more »
  • Our top tip for this part of le citie is to either book ahead, go early or be prepared to queue. We had to queue for about 30 + mins which was tiring in the hot sun. We paid the minimum entrance of €9...  more »
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  • Best preserved medieval city bar none on this planet. Walking through the streets truly is like time travelling to a different day and age. To avoid big crowds it is recommended to come after 18h. Take a walk around between the inner and outer wall of the fortress to see all it's towers plus opportunities for breathtaking pictures in the low evening sun.
  • Absolutely beautiful place. Medieval (although rebuilt/restored later) fortress with interesting histories to read about. The castle with city wall walk requires a ticket (free for under 26!), and the outer city walls and the village itself is free - actually many locals visit the cafe and restaurants in the area too. If you are looking for some very original medieval castle, unfortunately that had long gone, and you may find the reconstructed castle a bit too new.
  • Wonderful castle, so much history with great views of Carcassonne. Lots of restaurants, souvenir shops and ice cream parlours to round out a full day. Be prepared for a lot of walking, lots of steps and a long walk from the car park at the bottom.
  • The size and location of this citadel was imposing and impressive. To think that it had survived all these centuries is also something! Yes, it is a bit commercial inside the walls and lots of touristy shops, but after they close for the night and the crowds have gone away, to wander the streets in the evening was very atmospheric and transporting.
  • It is a fun trip for families but bear in mind that the whole "old walled city" is pretty much a re-creation, everything rebuilt or designed to look like it's from the medieval period but reconstructed, kinda like Epcot Center. A little too faux for my tastes but as I said, great for families with kids. Be forewarned that it gets really crowded in there, hordes of tourists. As far as I can tell, there are no real residents living inside the old city; it's all given over to tourism.