Chateau des Baux de Provence, Les Baux de Provence

Chateau des Baux de Provence was built in the tenth century and ruled by the lords of Baux for 500 years, during great political conflicts. This site became famous for its minstrels and troubadours, who performed every day in the honor of the king. The kings of France finally conquered the castle in the 16th century, and King Louis XIII ordered its demolition. Today, the chateau houses three life-size replicas of war machines. Tourists can watch live, daily demonstrations of enormous catapults, including the biggest trebuchet in Europe. This machine could toss a 100 kg (220 lb) rock a distance of 180 m (200 yds). Make Chateau des Baux de Provence a part of your Les Baux de Provence vacation plans using our Les Baux de Provence itinerary planner.
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  • the place is definitely mandatory to visit during a trip to Provence! Fabulous views, open from the cliff on which Château. very interesting self guided tour with audio guide on the ruins of the Castle. Range of amazing nature, wine road, surrounding villages.
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  • Les Beaux is wunderschön...insbesondere if you manage to look outside the passing crowds. Morning and evening are wonderful and the view is awesome from the sea. If you parked on the hiking parking on the roads, you can also hike in the Alpilles. Also lure wine and oil tastings.
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  • The ruins are interesting, though not for the acrophobic or easily fatigued. The reproductions of medieval armaments are impressive and educational. However, the view is probably the best part. Hats a...  more »
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  • Nice views and some interesting stories around the castle, but not as good as we had hoped. We were here slightly off season and the entertainment and demonstration of catapults were not running that day. I think that would make the experience much more interesting.
  • This is a must for anyone visiting Les-Baux. Your trip would be incomplete otherwise. You get an incredible view of the insurrounding area. Some of the towers are a bit difficult to climb but it was definitely worth the effort. I did myself no favours by wearing a dress and sandals. The audioguide gives all the background information one would want on the history and what life is like in Les Baux. I even got a chance to play with a cross bow - and hit the bulls eye so I left feeling rather happy. Overall the experience was worth the €10.5 entry price tag.
  • Beautiful views, but a little boring and the audio guide was ridiculously bad. Still worth a visit, but I won't do it again since there are better ways here to spend a Monday (e.g. getting drunk at a vineyard).
  • A very interesting and beautiful place. Quaint medieval streets carved from the rocks and a fabulous castle .
  • A fantastic day trip! The chateau and the village will take a while to fully explore and it's worth every minute!

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