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Chateau de Peyrepertuse

Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, France
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The largest of the Cather castles and the most spectacular. The walk up to the top of the castle is tricky in places - some parts of the path were quite muddy in early March. Good walking shoes are a must, and a walking stick is also useful. It was very windy when we went, so made some parts difficult... More

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Petaluma, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Our group was only going to hike a short way, but we ended up taking a left turn instead of going straight or was it a right turn instead of going back to the cafe for a vin chaud? I've been here several times, but this visit was the most spectacular! The snow twirled around us towards the top and... More

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San Francisco
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The view from below as you ascend to the parking area is progressively more awe-inspiring. Lots of history and you should get a copy of the excellent book on the Cathar Castles before visiting. There are at least 17 in various states of repair. As noted, the climb up is not particularly arduous, but traverses slippery rocks and cannot be... More

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ne england
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79 reviews 79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Good carparking [make sure you go to the new park at the end of the road], good visitor centre, steep climb to get to the top, wonderful views, excellent audioguide though the accents were sometimes difficult to understand. So much history and atmosphere, so well restored. Wear good shoes!

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Kilchberg, Switzerland
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The drive up towards the castle is in itself impressive. After parking, you must make the last part of the journey by foot on a weather-beaten, steep and narrow trail. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes, or at least running shoes with good traction. We passed some tourists in sandals and flip-flops who were struggling. On some parts of the... More

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Aarhus, Denmark
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The Cathar Castles in Southern France are a must see if you are in this area – and if time allows you to visit only one, the Château de Peyrepertuse southeast of Carcassonne is an excellent choice. The site includes not just one but two castles. Both are spectacularly situated right on the ridge, one a bit higher than the... More

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Peyrepertuse should not be missed if you have an interest in Cathar castles. The scope of the ruins is quite extensive, covering an entire mountain top with two distinct fortifications. The views are just spectacular. On a clear day you can see the location of at least one opposing Spanish fortress in the Pyrenees to the south. Much closer at... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

I say one as I've only visited here, Queribus and Montsegur but by far the best of those 3. I would say the walk up is about the same as Queribus (done on the same day, very local and recommended) but a lot more tricky for those unsure footed. A lot of the climb in in a wooded area and... More

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Sun City West, Arizona
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308 reviews 308 reviews
114 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Four of us drove down from Carcassonne on the small back roads - breathtaking scenery, but not for the faint of heart. It was quite a journey, but after some refreshment at the bottom of the hill, we made our way up to the Chateau. Yes, it is a climb, but the sign says it takes about 15 minutes, and... More

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Amazing place, a truly marvelous historical site. There is some serious climbing here. Both up and down can be quite tricky. Uneven stone and rock which is quite slippery, and there aren't very many hand holds. you must wear good shoes. I recommend going here at the start of your day. I went after a visit to Queribus (another amazing... More

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