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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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Charming Visit!

I visited with my family this beautiful Chateau... it's just one hour from Charles de gaulle by car and easy to get there... also the small road near de castle is very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Porto Alegre, RS
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Porto Alegre, RS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I visited with my family this beautiful Chateau... it's just one hour from Charles de gaulle by car and easy to get there... also the small road near de castle is very charming!! The Chateau open 10:00 and you can by the tickets directly at the place... I recommend this tour!

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Wonderful place to appreciate and even better with the book "Pierrefonds Castle, once upon a time" (by Kieran Bravac) if you need some explanations about the paintings and sculptures.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

An amazing castle in a beautiful setting which is absolutely full of history and character. We would have liked a guide/audio to help us with the history whilst we walked around the castle.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We want for the merlin bbc programme to find that there was no merlin exhibit which was quite disappointing however the castle it self was spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Lovely place, the tombs display was very clever. The children enjoyed this chateau as it wasn't to stuffy or slow. The gift shop surprised me as they didn't sell anything related to what we had seen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Original castle was built about 1393 and destroyed about 1650. It was rebuilt in about 1832 and finished in 1866 under Napolean III. The architect was Viollet Le Duc who died before it was completed and it was finished by his son-in-law. The tour is very interesting and takes about an hour. The terrain is pretty rough and strollers are... More 

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dc metro area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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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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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