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Chateau de St-Germain, St-Germain-en-Laye

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Chateau de St-Germain is a royal palace first built by Louis VI and currently houses the magnificent National Museum of Archaeology. You can view secrets of prehistory, the Iron Age, and Gaul within an old-fashioned château, a long-time grand residence of the Kings of France. As you continue outside, garden terraces offer an amazing view of greater Paris.

The museum exhibits around 30,000 archaeological objects, making it one of the most magnificent collections in Europe, and these objects are divided into seven collections. When you’re finished here, the Saint-Louis chapel, which adjoins the château, is not to be missed. It is a masterpiece of classic gothic architecture. Make Chateau de St-Germain part of your personalized St-Germain-en-Laye itinerary using our St-Germain-en-Laye tourist route planner.
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  • If the museum pass into the Museum. If so around the Castle are gardens on a sunny day to explore. I enjoy walking the streets toward molesdoni Museum of art even if the weather is good.
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  • Museum infrequent with pleasant staff. Good traces the evolution of civilization in a historic setting
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  • I recommend visiting the Castle and its collections of prehistoric heritage. Well designed, the richness of the collection brings a good knowledge of the remains of our ancestors.
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  • Beautiful gardens in summer and winter. Views over Paris are especially lovely in the evening when the skyline is lit up. First Sunday of every month you can get into the chateau/museum for free (check at peak seasons). The forest walks in the park are beautiful with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to grab a coffee, snack or meal
  • Beautiful chateau which houses an archaeology museum! Follow France's history through ancient times throughout the Roman era in a historical setting. They seem understaffed so be prepared to begin on whichever floor is open, the open floor will alternate every hour or so.
  • Interesting museum with composition from different ages. Inside castle nice yard with entrance to old casedrel. Outside grand public park with amazing views on the Île-de-France.
  • The jardin is really nice. Lot of space to play and stay.
  • Nice view of Paris and the gardens well maintained.

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