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Pau Castle

2, Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, France
05 59 82 38 00
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in Pau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The Birthplace of Henry IV of France. Interesting Place Superb tour (but in French) for 7 euros each. Lovely building.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The most interesting building was the 12th century donjon. There were many later additions so there is a mix of architecture. The castle is famous as the birthplace of Henri IV (1553) and many rooms are filled with Goeblin tapestries. It is a nice place to spent and hour or so. Our English speaking guide was very nice and gave... More

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Saarbrucken, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The castle does not have very special arcitecture, but is full of very nice historic gobelins. It was a residence of the King Henry IV, even though he grew up in another chateau some miles away (you can still see it, but it's a private property and closed for visits). In the castle of Pau you'l finde some authentic things... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We were given a personal guided tour of this very well maintained castle and well worth making the effort to visit.

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Pau, France
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

situated on the centre ville, this chateaux de pau is a landmark of pau. where one of the france king, if i am not mistaken king henry iv, born and grow up.... not much too see inside as the chateaux is relatively small compare to chambord or other big castle in the center of france. there is a free guide... More

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shepherdstown wv
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83 reviews 83 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I've made it a passion of mine to visit castles all over Europe, and while this one is interesting, it does not rank at the top of my list! For one thing, there were no English speaking guides, and you must take the tour, no matter what language the guide is speaking. It seemed to go on and on, and... More

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Pau, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I went with my family, the tour last about an hour or so. It's great fun. It was interesting enough for our 5 yo son

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The town of Pau is charming, but not worth visiting unless you visit the Castle. There are only guided tours every hour, but visitors are given details on the Castle and the rooms in a variety of languages, so don't worry if you don't speak the language of the guide. The Castle is lovely, and the rooms are packed with... More

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Rivoli, Piemonte, Italy
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting, as the whole city. We went to Pau while returning from Spain, and decided to stop for a short visit. The castle has tour planned so visits start every hour. It is very interesting and full of history, of course especially of Henry the fourth who was born there. Full of furniture and very big you spend nearly... More

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Salies de Bearn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Whilst Pau Castle is a beautiful Chateau, I prefer the history of Henri Quatre as he is known locally. He was a very colourful king and only came to the throne because the other heirs, living in Paris, were too pampered and had little resistance to disease. Legend has it that when he was born his grandfather made his mother... More

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