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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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  • The castle itself is beautiful but the guides think at Carrefour: at 4:15, they close you rooms in the nose and from 16:40, then visits end at 5 pm, they decrease the intensity of the lights which makes the end of uninteresting visit since we can't read anything already... In short, great tour if you go early in the day...
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  • What wonderful Castle! Victim of its success, today 11 November it took a little patience to get to the entrance, but the game was worth the candle... Wow, incredibly beautiful, all those chandeliers, all of these sculptures, all these paintings, all these furniture style empire, all those chimneys, all these ceilings decorated and carved... not to mention the Chapel, library, and the sumptuous gardens! The entrance fee is not excessive because a great many things to visit, and it's free for young people up to 25 years. For three days, there was an "imperial chocolate" exhibition, but unfortunately we could not access it, too crowded, too much waiting... too bad... because all resonated with small bags of purchase of chocolates... yum this castle, to do and redo without moderation!
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  • The castle is really beautiful and it includes 1500 pieces in which take time to stroll from François 1st a Napoleon
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  • A truly remarkable French landmark. We decided to go here after reading reviews on how crowded Versailles can be and don't regret our decision one bit. We walked the grounds of the castle, walked through the wonderful downtown area where we grabbed lunch, and strolled through the woods. The weather was very nice the day we went and there were plenty of locals out and about.
  • Beautiful place, well kept. Gardens are intact and beautiful. The area is so vast, even with a large number of people you wouldn't notice. The atmosphere gives a sense tranquility and vastness at the same time. Go for it, worth a visit.
  • A beautiful place, love the fact you can walk around the grounds freely. The audio tour inside was very good. Better than reading the boards and more time to look at everything. It didn't feel too busy either :-)
  • 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.
  • The château at Fontainebleau is another magnificent royal residence, very similar to Versailles and only slightly smaller, think of it as the king's weekend palace. The palace itself takes about an hour and a half to walk through and the gardens outside are quite extensive. Nowhere near as busy as Versailles though, so there are no huge queues (At least, not the day I visited).