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. Put Cité de Carcassonne into our Carcassonne travel planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Carcassonne.
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  • Visit of the Castle and ramparts of this superb quoted; Discover exceptional and very rewarding; a beautifully preserved heritage that is worth the trip; the cobbled streets add an undeniable charm to the whole of the Citadel. Discover the Cathedral currently under renovation but nonetheless very pretty. He must spend a lot of time to really enjoy this jewel of French heritage
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  • Visit with the option of making it with self-tracking. Very interesting and well preserved Castle. Beautiful views of Carcasssone.
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  • A nice discovery. Well animated as the season winds down. Small friendly and not necessarily expensive restaurants. Parking nearby. Only downside, the visit of the Castle a little expensive
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  • What an amazing place - a must for those traveling in south of France! We traveled a bit out of season, and by around midday the crowds really picked up... but beautiful and quiet in the evening... it's fun to dine within the walls, but you'll do better just outside them (better price and better foods)
  • Wonderful place and absolute must if you're a Middle Age lover as there is the place to be! Story of the Cathars and how the history evolved is absolutely amazing! Wonderful views in and around Carcassonne. The modern city itself may be at certain locations disappointing due to closed and abandoned businesses but the historic monuments are worth to visit.
  • Beautiful old city jam packed with tourist shops and restaurants. Cappuccinos typically cost 4 Euro. Access to the old castle is pricey at 9 Euro but worth the money considering the access it gives you to the inner castle walls offering views of the old and new city - you can see the Pyrenees on a clear day - as well as the well presented video and text historical information. Children and EU citizens aged 18-25 can enter for free.
  • What an amazing place to visit. We went in the off season (March) which I would highly recommend, as the visitor numbers were minimal. A day trip is probably all that is necessary, but some opted to stay in the city itself.
  • 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.

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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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