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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  • This little gem can with advantage be visited early in the day so as to avoid the many visitors. The place is steeped in history even though there is not much left of the Castle. The site requires good mobility and is not recommended for bad cutting and small children. Take good shoes on, there are many stairs. Enjoy
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  • Nice walk through the ruins of the castle which allows to enjoy a panorama breathtaking. Well appointed with animations and very good craftsmen in the village. Very popular with visitors, I advise you to go to the opening or during digs. You will enjoy the charm of the leases.
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  • Very nice tour, we were the only ones in the Castle! The view at the top of the towers of the castle is amazing! Very very good day to the leases of Provence!
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  • This castle is something you can't skip it. The view is amazing. And the village itself is beautiful. You will feel in medieval times. You don't need a guide since they provide you at the reception with a machine in your language that will explain you all the history of the place. Witch I loved it. Cos you can feel free to explore the castle on you ritmo and way. Super recommend it!! Enjoy!!
  • This is sort of two sites in one. The quaint medieval village makes a nice place to walk through and take pictures, and while the castle is mostly ruins, the included audio guide brings it to life. There are also some good demonstrations that visitors should try to include. We shot crossbows, saw a demo of medieval weaponry, and watched a blacksmith work. But the highlight was the demonstration of the trebuchet. While the audio guide was in English, the demonstrations were in French (we are not French speakers) but we had no trouble following along. You have to pay for parking, and it's limited (even more limited at this time due to ongoing construction), so come early or be prepared for a walk.
  • Beautiful village in a mountain side. Great day trip for lunch. Optional to pay and walk around the castle which has more great views from higher up
  • Consider this a review of Les Baux as a whole, because I arrived at the castle too late to enter. Despite missing out, I had an amazing day here. The weather may have played a part, and having zero expectations for this place certainly helped, but I enjoyed Les Baux more than even Carcassonne. Great mix of village-gawking and hiking.
  • You will fall back into childhood running up and down theses old ruins..! Stunning vue of the surrounding area. If you re visiting in the summer, bring some water!
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