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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  • Today on our layover direction Brittany here just made and received in the Chateau. Great building very gepflegt.grandiose parkanlage.ideal to the walk. Very much recommended.
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  • Visit of the Castle well but it lacks explanations on the history. Maybe in the audio guide that we have not taken? Visit the Garden: by train to the top because it's very big! and good explanations. Make for a good afternoon.
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  • A beautiful chateau and a nice train that takes you around the grounds, which was very welcome on a hot summer's day! The gardens were gorgeous and a delight to wander in. The town of Fontainebleau se...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is truly a hidden gem. While not quite as grand as Versailles it is in many ways far more enjoyable to visit. I found Versailles too crowded where here was a comfortable, quiet and relaxed place that wasn't too crowded. Highly recommended.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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