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Chateau de Pierrefonds

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Address: rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
Phone Number: 03 44 42 72 72
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Description: Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was...
Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century to transform it into an imperial residence for Napoleon III. The chateaux often seems to have been specially built for a swashbuckling film with its richly varied painted and sculpted decors, its defensive system and drawbridge, walkways and drop-boxes, not to forget the two reconstructions of medieval siege engines. Open:> 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> Mondays from 5th September to 30th April.> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups.
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What a castle!!!

The whole of the castle is not open to the public only certain parts, is massive and it was built in the 15th century, dismantled and rebuilt by Napoleon the III. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The whole of the castle is not open to the public only certain parts, is massive and it was built in the 15th century, dismantled and rebuilt by Napoleon the III. The architecture takes your breath away and your mind can only imagine what it must have been like to be in the middle of a siege! the interiors of... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Went there with my fiance and a very close family friend of hers. It was a day trip but definitely was amazed how the entire castle has been preserved. Very clean and worth spending a day looking at every detail of this edifice. Went through all the rooms and stairs and the tomb was pretty amazing. It's amazing how people... More 

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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Great value, historical; trip for all family. Town itself is beautiful and quaint. Easy to get to. Not ideal for less mobile travellers.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

NAPOLEON III has order to his favourit architect VIOLET le Duc to repair the castle and the emperor used to stay here for a period of time.

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Corby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

great half day out. good looking castle, impressive walk up the hill. great views. well priced unlike rip off uk prices.

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Duisburg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The chateau looks gorgeous from outside. Inside, however, practically nothing is authentic. One should know the building history before visiting this place. If are aware that the castle is rebuilt according to Napoleon's idea (and his contemporaries' conceptions) of the Medieval Ages - then it can be interesting. For us it's been disappointing not to be allowed to walk on... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

For a castle it's not very old, thus it's in good condition. It's been in several movies and tv shows. We last visited and heard several concerts in various parts of the castle...it was great to wander around and the acoustics were very good. If you like history you can easily spend 2 hours.

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The chateau at Pierrefonds dominates the town and is magnificently, and massively, grand. It's also Merlin's castle from the BBC series, although there is very little (if anything) in the chateau itself that plays on this link. We did a self-guided tour. The chateau was pretty much totally rebuilt in the 1800's and the majority of the rooms are unfurnished.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Once you get there, it is fantastic. The best way to visit is with the tour group, because it is in the middle of nowhere and is challenging to get to by car. The grandest castle that I have seen in my entire life. You will find magic there, especially if you watched the series Merlin. It is sad that... More 

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Jenks, OK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Chateau de Peirrefonds is breathtakingly beautiful...just make sure you get there before visiting hours close. We missed it by 30 minutes and could only view it from the outside, but it was still impressive. After you see it, go into town and enjoy the cheese and wine from the local merchants in the out door town center. One of the... More 

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