Chateau des Baux de Provence, Les Baux de Provence
(4.4/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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). Plan to visit Chateau des Baux de Provence during your Les Baux de Provence vacation using our convenient Les Baux de Provence trip itinerary maker.
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  • The site and the view are amazing. A tour of the facility outside the tourist season, so very few people and a quiet very relaxing amid the ruins of the Castle. An exhibition on Chagall, that allows to know him if we didn't know already. While the tourist attractions are not in service, but I prefer this type of visit to the crowds of the summer tour.
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  • The truth is that we expected something more. 8€ per person + 5€ for parking. Hoped to see a spectacle or setting. NOTHING. The castle is badly damaged. Watch out for the soil if it has rained is terribly slippery (I've done a twist). The audio guides are not well synchronized at all points. If wearing headphones is more comfortable
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  • vast fortress in ruins, views over the plains of the South, to access a small climb 310 m through the beautiful village, shops will help you access the Castle... the mistral is often invited... no need to be a great athlete...
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  • Powerful and amazing all in one. Wear closed toe shoes and plan to walk up and if you are planning to go to the top, plan for alot of steps. It is well worth the views!
  • It's a ruin, but the place is beautiful. Magnificent views, a nice village and live "medieval" entertainment. A bit touristy though.
  • This castle exceeded our expectations. It's the natural setting that made the place memorable.
  • Not worth the money/time. The location of the castle is impressive and the views too, but you get both just spending time in the village. Also, it was impossible to follow the audioguide as the signs were only there for a few numbers, the rest were completely missing. I felt like I would have enjoyed the time more staying at the village
  • Beautiful old town on top of scenic hill, great if you like a little history or shopping in quaint old village where you can feel the history