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. Before you head to Fontainebleau, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Fontainebleau trip itinerary planning website , to make sure you see all that Fontainebleau has to offer, including Chateau de Fontainebleau.
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  • Very large and beautiful castle. The collection is great with many rooms and lounges and beautiful pieces and very well cared for. I went on tour which, of course, never gives us enough time to enjoy all these castles guard. In addition to the castle itself, the gardens and lakes, Giants also are worth a visit and calmly, what, again I say, on tour becomes impossible. The area around the castle is also very beautiful. Visit not to be missed!
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  • The castle is very beautiful and very interesting. Gardens and parks must be much more attractive and impressive in the spring, plant exploding. Little message for security personnel: it may well ensure the safety of places and the safety of visitors in any benevolence. Smile, besides being free, is nice when you are in a unknown space: it is part of the home. A visit to the good season.
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  • We had a very good morning in the Castle. It's easy to spend a lot of time because there are so many things to see. Similarly, the gardens are very pretty. In short, for the curious and passionate takes a good part of the day :)
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  • This place is just as good as Versailles. This should be one of the top 10 places you must see on any trip to France and especially to Paris. Outstanding royal palace that is best known for being Napoleons favorite place to hang out. Also where he also was forced to abdicate.
  • Parts of the Chateau were slightly more rundown than we had expected but they have ongoing maintenance to address any issues. My wife and I both enjoyed the audio guides which are well done in English and very informative. If you see a large tour group with preteen school children about to walk in, maybe think about coming back later. The group in front of us was not misbehaved, their parents and teachers deserve credit. But with 30 or 40 kids packed together, their voices can't help but carry inside the rooms, and, it can be quite distracting.
  • Great chateau, better than Versailles if you enjoy the interiors of chateaus! Rooms all well kept, family friendly (kids can borrow costumes and even sometimes adults for a little extra!)... on a sunny day bring a picnic to enjoy whilst wandering the grounds.
  • The castle is big and has many decorative rooms to offer splendid views to its visitors. We have been here on a Thursday morning and it was not crowded so we could really enjoy the royal atmosphere. We just had to go out at one point due to the false alarm.
  • Beautiful castle situated on the banks of a lake. Great location for a concert if you can catch one. The organisation Cercle plans them every few months, I highly recommend checking it out
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