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Chateau de Fontainebleau

Pl. du General-de-Gaulle, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
+33 1 60 71 50 70
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Rock climbing
Description: This grand palace was a favorite of Napoleon, who dramatically remodeled the old château during his stays there from 1807 to 1809.
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Montreal, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Fontainebleau houses furniture and decor of many periods,from the Renaissance to the 2nd empire.The gardens are vast and beautiful and the theatre which has just been restored is very special

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

it was a unforgettable trip for me, love the detail works that this place has. Exhibition is a must see, and you got to check out the garden.

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Quite mind-blowing. Fascinating to see furniture and decor from a few eras of France's history. Sumptuous scale of everything was stunning. Highly recommend.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

It´s amazing, and I guess that this is why it was Napoleon´s favourite palace. If you visit the Palace I recommend you to walk through the streets of Fontainbleau town, which is really beutiful. It´s a good option to visit it if you have a day free in Paris, since you can visit it relaxed because is not crowded as... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
50 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Lovely grounds. Beautiful walks in the forest. The interiors here are among the most beautiful interiors in France. The woodwork is sublime! I loved the atmosphere, the history, and the calm. The restaurant was wonderful. The biggest asset: no crowds! The second-most famous Chateau in France is all yours to explore in peace. (Everyone's at Versailles!) I loved the trip... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a much better alternative to Versailles - only about a tenth of the crowds you find at Versailles, impressive sights, including the one of a kind Napoleon Museum, and numerous Royal Apartments and the gorgeous Royal Chapel !! The grounds and gardens are also very attractive !!! We spent half a day easily and the transit connections were... More

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Toronto, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Incredible history. Visit Trinite Chapel. Audio guide very helpful in explaining all details. Make sure to spend time in the gardens.

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

During our visit the chateau was closed and we enjoyed the spacious park and garden around it. The gardens, especially the architecture are beautifully designed and arranged. Also the little coffee shop looked very inviting. Hence, the castle was a little run-down and in need of some renovation which seemed to currently take place. The big lake and adjoining gardens... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We had been looking forward to visiting this property, but found the exterior uninspiring and the interior shabby. The chandeliers are in a desperate need of a clean - perhaps a factor in the rooms seeming poorly illuminated - and many of the furnishings have a thick coat of dust. I also thought a lot of the artefacts lacked artistic... More

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Estero, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We really enjoyed going through this chateau. It is probably the biggest in France. Many famous residents such as Napoleon, Josephine and his second wife too. The royals seemed to spend most of their time decorating and redecorating with much gold gilding. It is really over the top. We enjoyed it very much. Make sure to get the audio guides... More

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