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Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau

Categories: Castles, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web
Unlike at busy Château de Versailles, the lack of crowds at Chateau de Fontainebleau means you're free to enjoy this palace almost as its inhabitants did in centuries past. This was the preferred residence of French kings and emperors for seven centuries. François I made the palace his permanent residence in 1527--breathing new life into the ruins with origins dating back to 1137. A succession of kings worked to further rehabilitate the castle, which is where Marie de Medici delivered her baby, who later became King Louis XIII. See where Napoléon I addressed his subjects after the French Revolution as you step into the Emperor's Throne Room. Italian artists Rosso and Primatice decorated the interior with frescoes, which you can still view today. Use our Fontainebleau travel itinerary maker to visit Chateau de Fontainebleau on your trip to Fontainebleau, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Difficult to navigate, F nevertheless is one of the historic "must-sees" when in Paris. While retaining some of the Napoleonic treasures, many have been lost to time. An enjoyable couple hour stroll. 
  • Beautiful, François first to Napoleon, 800 years of history of France, very different rooms according to the times, we can be not enough.
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  • Great time, very rewarding visit, well explained by the audio guide, you can exit and return. Nice walk in the gardens, well obviously, must discover this exceptional heritage. In terms of disappointment, unable to visit the apartments of the Pope and of Ms. de Maintenon on the sole ground that it lacks the staff! Indeed, custody of the rooms is given to a private company, then savings, savings. Ditto for the gardens, less maintenance, less than flowers on behalf of the savings by the compression of the staff.
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  • Very interesting tour (and not too crowded during peak tourist season!). Kind of a pain to get to from Paris (our train ran into issues to boot) and the bus stops were a little confusing (one of the locals had to tell us and some other passengers that this was our stop).
  • Loved it. Recommend to visit. Actually there is no need to pay the entrance is you are just interested on the castle since you can just access from the park... But the expo is actually worth it. Very nice indeed. Recommend to spend at least three hours in there.
  • Incredible piece of French history, magnificent interiors. Free admission first Sunday of every month, something my ticket agent did not mention so now need to try to get a refund for a pre-purchsed ticket!
  • In comparison to Palace of Versailles, Palace of Fontainebleau is more humble in my mind. With the U-shaped stairs and the beautiful garden in it, Fontainebleau also displays indoor decorations and some famous paintings. Lying on the grass by the river bank is comfortable as well as picnicking here. Abundant histories shine the palace very much. It's also another awesome place to visit! Go there once in your lifetime.
  • Better than Versailles. Older, more to see, and less crowded. Gardens not as developed, but open for free through side gare off front courtyard