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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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  • We accidentally visited this castle. We participated in the guided tour, which is included in the ticket without additional charge, and I think it's really necessary to well understand this castle. The guide was very captivating. The visit lasted about 1 hour but you can't see the time past. The visit has been very rewarding. I was very surprised by this castle which draws little crowds. Do if you pass in the corner, it's worth.
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  • This castle on the outskirts of Paris and the forest of Vincennes is worth a visit. It is a walled reinforced fortress in which many former French kings, including Saint Louis resided. Not everything is accessible but the high donjon and Chapel are well worth the visit.
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  • Finally too little known to the French, the Château de Vincennes does not look much from the outside, and yet is full of amazing stories. Very fun to do, better if the Sun is to the give you the entrance is free for the under 25!
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  • Very cool place to visit. Audio tours in multiple languages. No handicap access in castle area. Original stone staircases only. Really great gift shop with lots of high end items for kids, and plenty of books with authentic old photos.
  • Cool place, the center of the French monarchy during King Charles V. The chapel is gorgeous and the keep was fun to walk through. Nice relaxing day with good food near by.
  • 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.

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