Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    Easily accessible from Paris by public transport, this castle is top notch. It's not as big as the Palace of Versailles but there is confusion, you can relax in the Park (wonderful with pond and fountains) and the visit is quiet, I recommend going early in the afternoon. Now there are some works of "safety" on the outside but it is worth the same. The country is delicious.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful castle that makes us go back in time as we go through the richly decorated rooms Park and its different gardens are not to be missed
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Castle offers a succession of extremely well furnished rooms. If you don't take a guided tour, we recommend that you take an audio guide (+ €3 on your admission ticket) but really it makes all the difference. The explanations are clear and concise allowing us to walk from room to room, to understand and appreciate the most. It's a beautiful castle almost fully furnished. We could not visit the Museum of Napoleon 1st (closed for work but anyway not accessible PMR). We therefore confined to the large apartments and the Pope. Parts are small, but we had the luck even though it's August and that it is not very nice, it had really few people (very comfortable visit in a wheelchair) 2 hours of visits followed the Park to do absolutely. It was a beautiful moment of discovery. Attention not possible to eat on the spot, and if you're with children, strollers are not allowed, but you can borrow doors babies. Oh I forgot... A very good idea! You can rent beautiful period costumes for 8 euros and a visit like this. Enjoy in!
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  • July 14, 2017
    Beautiful castle and grounds. I would recommend the audio tour as it added a lot of context to the building and rooms. There is no food on site but there are restaurants outside of the gates. We parked in the paid parking lot across the street and it was easy. We spent about 90 min on the main part tour but did not do one of the extra sections. There is a nice park and gardens behind the castle that you could have a picnic at when the weather is nice.
  • July 27, 2017
    My family and I came here to see the Chateau and picnic at the park. It was a very nice museum that was just small enough for us to whip through quickly, but still see some excellent art pieces. It was in an isolated, peaceful place, and it was such a pleasure to sit by the pond and watch the ducks and swans. We definitely recommend coming here just to enjoy the pond with a snack or meal. This is certainly a place to visit if you're staying in Paris.
  • August 7, 2017
    Magical and grand testament to the excesses of the French royal family. You can understand why there was a revolution... To think this location played second fiddle to Versailles - definitely underrated but that's fine as you can get around easily and it represents good value for money. The sorbet from the stall in the courtyard on the northern side of the chateau (facing the gardens) is to die for.
  • July 22, 2017
    You want to see a palace?! Go here then. This Chateau is so magnificent and beautiful. A must see! It's huge but really nice to walk around in. Magical rooms inside. You must go here. No lines and no throngs of tourists. Very peaceful and pleasant.
  • July 22, 2017
    An amazing place with real historical designs that makes you feel like you are entering the royal presence in each room. I was impressed by how it is well maintained and the fact that they had an audio version that explains each chamber. Yep! I would definitely recommend you to get the audio piece because it brings the drama and thrill to everything!

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