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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  • August 18, 2017
    The first thing if you want to go visit him buy tickets online, there's a priority input for those who already carry your entrance, are mounted strain incredible, going more or less fast as there is within 4 or 5 people selling tickets, and pick up card. The castle itself, the reconstruction made is impressive inside there is no furniture or anything, is the medieval castle vacuum pure and hard, but worth, to was my second visit and always leaves me a super taste.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A wonderful and unforgettable Experience. Visit the Castle, walk early morning in the cool without tourists
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  • August 17, 2017
    The visit to the castle is done with baby in arms or carrying baby because the stroller impossible. Possibility to leave the stroller at the info point. If you can, for the visit of the Castle take your tickets on the internet it will avoid the queue. There are many restaurants for all tastes and budgets. I also recommend the night show sound and light of the OC group.
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  • August 24, 2017
    Amazing place. Incredible architecture. See if you can get here early in the morning when there's not many people about. Great views. Restaurants and shops can be a little trippery but we had a good breakfast. We'll go again.
  • August 19, 2017
    Fabulous medieval castle with a lot of history. You can go on a guided tour or just wander round yourself and visit the old castle. There are a lot of shops and restaurants within the castle walls. Great photo opportunities, very atmospheric and a very interesting place to visit. However, at very busy times over the summer it is best to get there early to park your car and queue for tickets.
  • August 27, 2017
    One of the most impressive and interesting historic sites I've seen! You can learn a lot about French history. The views over the city and the surrounding landscape are great! Lots of nice restaurants and souvenir shops around the central castle!
  • August 31, 2017
    One off the must see world heritage site. Worth having a guided tour to get most of the history of the cite. Plenty of good places to go each if you explore a little
  • August 15, 2017
    Stunning, no matter what pictures you've seen of it. Looks picturesque from wherever you see it and from any time of day or in any weather. It's lovely to walk inside too and there's a lot of cafes and restaurants and things to buy but it's great for all the family.

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Where to stay in Carcassonne

Although the picturesque La Cite is a tempting place to stay, consider the quieter and more affordable La Bastide Saint Louis down the hill. La Bastide provides easy access by foot to the walled La Cite for daily tours and peace and quiet after dark.
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