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Cité de Carcassonne, Carcassonne

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This is the actual historic chateau which is located within the city walls of Carcassonne. It is government-operated and is therefore subject to strikes at a moment's notice. My hoteliers told me that...  read more »
  • I love the cited its castle, its ramparts and its attractions. A beautiful place medieval well restored and highlighted in a remarkable way. Several interesting shops and restaurant.
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  • Take half a day and enjoy the wonderful tour of the Castle and the town walls. We have done im tour with audioguide and it was perfect.
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  • This is the most impressive medieval place I've ever seen. It's a stunningly restored old walled city with a cool church inside and you can walk on the ramparts to get great views. The feel of the town is very touristy which I guess if inescapable. The major problem I have with the place is the lack of access to its history. Very few signs and no audio guide or anything so there's not really and easy way to gain in depth knowledge of the history of the building except with your smart phone.
  • The cité or citadel itself is great, totally takes you back in time and they take great care of it. The views from the walls are great. One of the walls takes you out of the castle, so toy have to go back to the beginning and get in the castle again, which is not easy. I missed visiting the castle itself in the inside (kitchens, or bedrooms, or a throne or something that you would expect from a castle), but mostly is just the different walls that surround it. The most negative aspect is that is full of people in a exaggerated way, way too many people and a huge line to buy the tickets that takes from half an hour to a whole hour. And it's difficult to see things with this amount of tourists. (And I visited the castle at 13:00, which I thought would be the best hour because most people have lunch at this hour). Also really difficult to park.
  • The cité is very nice and definitely adjusted for tourists. Visiting the castle inside it costs some money though(unless you are from EU and a teenager) but the views and the arhitecture is very nice and intetesting. Definitely a good place to see and spend some time there.
  • The epitome of a castle. Situated on a hill with a commanding view of the town below, this fortified city will not disappoint. Once you get past the tourist crowds, then you can take in this place for what it is - a preserved historic medieval masterpiece. Remember to look up at the architectural nuances. Hiring the curator and owner of the Musée De La Chevalerie for a brief tour of the grounds will grant you insightful insider knowledge. Another option is to arrive in the late afternoon and stay for dinner (restaurants re-open at 6pm), when the tourists disappear.
  • We loved this place. A nice little town with a lovely square and then on a hill above the Ancient City, in effect a citadel with another little touristy town inside. Prices were a bit more than down below but the ambiance was fantastic. We also paid to watch the "jousting" a stylised competition which my kids loved!
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