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Chateau of Vincennes, Vincennes

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Castle Historic Site
Since its construction by Charles V in the 14th century, Chateau of Vincennes has been one of the most prominent castles in France. This massive structure is the only fortified castle near Paris. You can review the medieval and Renaissance architectural components of the château in the Donjon. The Holy Chapel hosts concerts throughout the year. Plan to visit Chateau of Vincennes and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Vincennes attractions using our Vincennes vacation builder.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Very old and very big. Church is undergoing major renovation. Good commentary in the different areas. Lots of stairs!  more »
  • One of the best examples of a medieval town in all of Europe. It's free to walk about the grounds, although there is a fee if you want to get into the tower area. Worth a visit!  more »
  • It is hard to give a grand Medieval castle with lots of interesting history an "average" rating; however, there are so many better castles around, we wouldn't recommend traveling to see this. The cast...  more »
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  • Beautiful place, but it's quite empty. Doest worth 9€ tho. Is a bit far from Paris centre and in 1 hour you see everything. If you qualify for a free ticket, and have some spare time, give it a try!
  • I wasn't impressed with the Donjon at all. For such a historical and special castle, it felt like it was filled with no more than 30 artifacts and items. The main hall and the bedrooms for example were barren, stone rooms. Many of the smaller rooms also had nothing but graffiti and work out paintings. It started to get incredibly boring. Why not furnish it with artifacts? Or at least include some replicas? The church was also underwhelming and empty and devoid of artifacts Perhaps it was due to the construction, but I expected some effort. I honestly cannot recommend this place. If you are venturing out to Vincennes, plan your day around Bois de Vincennes instead.
  • The ‘Château de Vincennes’ is a beautiful half medieval, half Renaissance castle and considered to be the most extensive French royal castle still in existence in France. Apparently it is the only existing medieval royal residence in France with its still intact donjon and inner fortifications. The castle and the saint chapel is beautiful like portraits. The gorgeous Sainte-Chapelle (holy chapel) took 172 years to build. Even the lawns are lovely to walk around and the prisoner graffiti from the seventeenth century is immaculate. This old castle closely connected with French history which held many famous prisoners.
  • Nice old castle situated next to the Metro station and next to the Bois de Vincennes. There are a few small restaurants close by as well on the town side of the castle.
  • Easy access from the center of Paris. The tall tower, built in 1370, is 50 meters high!