Chateau des Baux de Provence, Les Baux de Provence

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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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  • It was very busy when we visited Les Baux but the walk up through the village to the ruined leper hospital at the top and to the castle was well worth the effort. Amazing views over the countryside.....  more
    It was very busy when we visited Les Baux but the walk up through the village to the ruined leper hospital at the top and to the castle was well worth the effort. Amazing views over the countryside.....  more »
  • Well worth a stop. Pretty village and nice castle. in summer be sure to arrive before 6 pm. Only a couple of restaurants are open after that. 
    Well worth a stop. Pretty village and nice castle. in summer be sure to arrive before 6 pm. Only a couple of restaurants are open after that.  more »
  • Decided to go here - as we “had time” so not really planned. This was such a positive surprise. It is so understated at most sites - and it impressed big time. Plan a good hour on the top part, so if....  more
    Decided to go here - as we “had time” so not really planned. This was such a positive surprise. It is so understated at most sites - and it impressed big time. Plan a good hour on the top part, so if....  more »
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  • Amazing views and the place is impressive! The castle has a lot of attractions like bows and arrows, stone sculpting and so many others. It has nice little shops and restaurants. It is totally worth the visit. If you are with young kids or older people it could be hard for them to walk at some parts but they can sit down and enjoy beautiful views
  • A must visit for people interested in medieval castles. There’s a video (subtitled in English) playing inside the castle about the region’s (and castle’s) past, which is very informative. Entry to the castle is 8 EUR for adults at the time of writing. The town itself is also very worthwhile: calm and authentic with beautiful sightseeing-spots all over.
  • Amazing stunning little town sheltered behind castle walls. Was here a while back but just loved it. Hope to return.
  • It was good to stop by after Carrières de Lumières! A lot of restaurants around here but no one served dinner around 6pm.
  • Very nice castle on top of the also beautiful village of Les Baux de Provence. There is some animation, crossbow shooting, war machine demonstration. You will need about 1 to 1:30 hours for the visit of the castle, including the town (with lunch or diner) it is half day activity.

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