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Chateau of Rambouillet

Nr. Rue Maurice Dechy, 78120 Rambouillet, France
01 34 83 00 25
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Rambouillet
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Over the course of time the 14th century fortified castle has been home to a number of illustrious...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Over the course of time the 14th century fortified castle has been home to a number of illustrious personnages who gradually transformed it into a delightful residence acquired by Louis XVI. The royal estate is now a presidential residence, open to the public and used at intervals to receive heads of state invited to France. It contains some magnificent examples of interior decoration, such as the marble chambers, the rococo decorations in the “Marie-Antoinette” apartments or those used by Napoleon in neo-Pompeian style. It is surrounded by a formal garden, canals and five islands. The visit includes the castle, the Queen’s Dairy and the shell cottage. Site with the "Outstanding Garden" label. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 9.50 a.m. to noon and from 1.50 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 9.50 a.m. to noon and from 1.50 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Tuesdays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th november and 25th december. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; 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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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I lived in this town for seven months, so I'm slightly biased on what I considered "my hometown castle." I took the French tour with a friend, and though I didn't understand 100% of everything that was said, what struck me the most was the time-capsule-esque of this castle. You'll walk from room to room traveling from the reign of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had checked the train connections and Chateau details carefully and even phoned the Tourist Office the day before to check it was open and the President not in residence. Once in the town we again checked with the Tourist Office next to the Chateau, who confirmed only guided visits were allowed and the next English one was at 11... More 

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London
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204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

On the face of it, this should have been a very interesting trip - the French President's country chateau where numerous international conferences have been held, set in beautiful gardens only 35 minutes from Paris by train. It was, however, surprisingly difficult to get to see it. There were no organised tours that I could find (compare that to the... More 

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San Gabriel, California
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80 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was an incredibly beautiful Chateau and the tour of the building was most enjoyable. The grounds are a special treat and a picnic on one of the beautiful grassy areas is a must. Also plan a visit to the Shell House and the Dairy. We were lucky to see an antique car display during our visit.

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Rueil-Malmaison, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The castle is nice, although not spectacular. However, the most interesting feature is the explanations by the guide. The guide is great (although she could speak a little louder...) If you do not speak French, I frankly do not recommend this castle.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

After the huge crowds of Versailles this afternoon visit was a delight! A short trip by train from Montparnasse ( take any train direction Chartres), walk through the small town and you arrive at this beautiful ( and restful ) small chateau with perfectly kept gardens and park. This country retreat of the French president is not overwhelming neither will... More 

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Yogya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

The chateau itself is quite small. From outside, the chateau looks great and the park surrounding it is great for picnic. Many locals used this park to have fun during weekends. For kids, mostly they enjoy to see ducks and swans in the artificial lake in front of the chateau itself. So come with picnic bag and enjoy the warm... More 

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Goiania, GO
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

If you're in Paris and you don't have the time to go to Val de La Loire and see all those big castles, you can take the train and visit the Domainde de Rambouillet. I went there during the winter but it was possible to walk through the castle gardens and visit inside the castle. It's not a very popular... More 

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is a very well-maintained, quaint chateau and is located very near to the town center. In fact, it shares the same parking lot with the town hall and the tourism office. The price included a tour and we were able to join the last tour of the day even though we were a little late. What I really liked... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Want to visit a French Chateau and not have the crowds of Versailles. Then I have the place for you. The gardens are just as impressive and better maintained. You do not have the crowds as it is still far enough away from the normal tourist trail. We did not pay to go inside the Chateau having visited Versailles the... More 

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