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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. 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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  • Visited in October on a chilly autumn day and even had hot chocolate. Good that the chateau was so large. The inspiration for Versailles was Fontainebleau which belonged to the King's finance... 
    Visited in October on a chilly autumn day and even had hot chocolate. Good that the chateau was so large. The inspiration for Versailles was Fontainebleau which belonged to the King's finance...  more »
  • We have lived for two years in Barbizon, 15 mn away from Fontainebleau. I finally took visiting friends. I was blown away! It is far more than anything I had imagined. I took a two hour parking on... 
    We have lived for two years in Barbizon, 15 mn away from Fontainebleau. I finally took visiting friends. I was blown away! It is far more than anything I had imagined. I took a two hour parking on...  more »
  • We had a wonderful experience at Chateau de Fontainebleau! We've been to Versailles several times and decided to try something new with friends who had not been to either. I'm so glad I decided on.....  more
    We had a wonderful experience at Chateau de Fontainebleau! We've been to Versailles several times and decided to try something new with friends who had not been to either. I'm so glad I decided on.....  more »
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  • Just amazing to say the least. The rooms and wood cravings on the walls are wonderful. There were lots of rooms to tour. We were getting tired after awhile. We got the audio guided tour, but it was hard for us to find the rooms we were in. It was probably just us. You might not have any problem. We were able to get a wheelchair for my wife. The admission for us was free. The audio guided tour was 6 Euros each. The grounds looked great from the windows, but the train that takes you around wasn't working today. Maybe it was because of it being raining day. It was worth going to, even with visiting Versailles the other day.
  • The gardens are mesmerizing, very well taken care of and the castle is a piece of art. I really recommend visiting this place. I loved how at the end of the tour you can rent a boat and make a trip on the lake. I found this to be a very idyllic experiene where you can have a complete view of the castle. We brought a bottle of wine and a blanket and enjoyed a picnic as there is a locker room where you can leave your belongings with individual cells.
  • We opted to go see the Chateau instead of Versailles due to time restraints and we are so glad we did. The Chateau is lesser known so there were no lines, no wait times, it was perfect because we were alone the majority of the time while we got to explore. The town of Fontainebleau is also super cute and fun to walk around.
  • A very luxurious castle where the Napoleon had lived once, so there are many his items left. Every first Sunday of the month, the admission is free. Today, thanks to the sudden shower, there were fewer people so we could enjoy.
  • Excellent experience! I would recommend this as an alternative to an already suffocated Versailles, the gardens are amazing, the lake is delightful and the whole of the domain is very nice. The castle itself well kept and one can enjoy an authentic french"château" experience.

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